I don’t know about you, but I’m entertaining a lot this holiday season. I have a couple’s wedding shower tomorrow, a children’s Christmas cookie decorating party Sunday and various other events until just after the New Year.
I love the challenges of coming up with new and different appetizers, party foods and meals for family and friends.
I saw this one on Pinterest last year AFTER the holidays, and as you might know, cranberries are hard to come by when it’s not Thanksgiving or Christmas, so I didn’t get a chance to try it until this year.
The tart cranberries offset the velvety, mild cheese and the rosemary gives it quite a fresh, earthy taste.
With all the busyness of the season, I’ve taken to having a few close friends over on Friday nights to avoid the hustle and bustle of the stores and restaurants and to take a deep breath at the end of our week.
I served this recently and it was a huge hit!
Baked Brie with Balsamic Rosemary Cranberry Sauce
1 cup frozen cranberries, thawed
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 Tbsp water
pinch of sea salt
8 oz wheel of brie
8 oz puff pastry/crescent roll dough
1 Tbsp melted unsalted butter
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
In a small saucepan, combine cranberries, balsamic, sugar, rosemary, water and salt. Stir to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for 10 minutes until thick.
Cut the puff pastry/crescent roll dough into an 8 x 8-inch square. If you are using crescent roll dough, make sure to pinch all the seams together to make one cohesive piece of dough.
Place the puff pastry on a greased baking sheet.
Place the brie in the center of the dough. Pinch the dough up along the edges of the brie. Do not totally cover the brie. Brush all edges of the dough with the melted butter.
Spoon the sauce onto the brie. Place the brie in the oven, and bake for 12-15 minutes until the edges are lightly golden and crisp. Allow baked brie to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving and slicing.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 404, Calories from Fat: 257, Fat: 29 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (9 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 32 mg, Sodium: 298 mg, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 9 g, Protein: 8 g.
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