THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, it was thanksgiving this week, and it was pretty much the best weekend of the year for me 🙂 I went to see the XX’s live show on Friday night, then it was my birthday party on Saturday, my special birthday dinner on Sunday, and on Monday it was thanksgiving! With all the events going on, I had so little time to prepare for thanksgiving but I managed!!! I did it potluck style, and I volunteered to make baked brie, maple butternut squash casserole, and pumpkin pie. With so many things going on (I was hosting at my place), I needed my dishes to be relatively easy to make, and something I could prep for in advance, so that when my guests arrived, I could spend some quality time with them instead of slaving away in the kitchen. After all, isn’t thanksgiving all about spending time with loved ones?
Now, let’s talk about the BRIE. It is the easiest thing to make and is a crowd pleaser, for sure. You can wrap it in pastry, or not, and I did it both ways. I did a raspberry/pecan baked brie in pastry, and a honey/walnut baked brie without pastry, but served with crackers. As soon as you cut into the warm wheels of brie, and it spills out all melty and gooey, just ready to be eaten with flaky pastry or scooped up on top of crackers, your guests will converge on this dish, and after they taste it, they will be your best friends forever because you are now associated with the best appie they’ve ever tasted in their life. So without further ado, I present to you the very easy, and short recipes:
Honey walnut baked brie
- Chopped walnuts
- Brie cheese
First, you take the wheel of brie… Slather a layer of honey on top, sprinkle your chopped walnuts on evenly, and drizzle with more honey. And then, bake at 350C for 7-10min, and serve with crackers! This was a huge hit, even though my brie broke a little when I tried removing it from my baking tray and a bit of it dribbled out onto the oven door… Next time I’ll bake it on some greased foil, and just slip it off when it’s done. On to the next brie, level 2!
Raspberry pecan baked brie in puff pastry
- Raspberry jam
- Chopped pecans
- Brie cheese
- Frozen puff pastry
Defrost your puff pastry, and roll it out into a large enough shape that you can wrap the brie up with it completely. Place the wheel of brie in the middle of the pastry, spread jam on the brie, top with chopped pecans.
Now, start folding the pastry and secure it by brushing on some water or beaten egg whites. I used water, and it didn’t come apart.
Bake at 350C for 20-25min or until you see the pastry turning golden brown. Mine took a little longer than this, because the thanksgiving turkey was also in the oven, being baked at a lower temperature, 325C, and also the brie was on the lower rack under the turkey. But assuming that you make this at the correct temperature with NO turkey taking up space in the oven, then it shouldn’t take longer than 25min.
And so that concludes the post for baked brie… Next up: maple butternut squash casserole.