After Scott started working for the PD there were a few things that I had to get used to. Not celebrating holidays on the actual day was one of them. Needless to say we will not be enjoying a turkey tomorrow but instead on Sunday and then again the Sunday after that. At first this was a weird concept for me but actually I appreciate the time I spend with him even more so now. It makes every year interesting and every year there are new traditions started. This year instead of a turkey on thanksgiving we will be decorating our Christmas tree and I will be making food for the PD.

I was looking for some easy appetizers to make at the first official Thanksgiving in our new house. As soon as I saw this one months ago I was sold, baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce and Walnuts from Simple Bites. One of my favorite appetizers is the one my cousin, Candi, introduced me to years ago, Baked Brie with Apricot Preserves, Almonds, and Rosemary, click here for the recipe. It has turned into a staple every time we get together. I tested it out the other day while we were painting and listening to Christmas music. It was a hit, Scott even liked it and he's not a fan of "soft cheese". I absolutely loved tasting the hint of orange zest. The recipe was quick, simple, and prett mess free...right up my alley.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce and Walnuts
By: Simple Bites

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 1 round of Brie

Ingredients
  • ¾ cup cranberry sauce
  • 1 16-ounce brie round
  • Zest of one orange
  • ⅔ cup walnut pieces
  • Crackers for serving

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Remove the top of the rind from the cheese using a serrated knife, and discard the rind. Place the cheese, cut side up on an oven safe plate or bowl. Just make sure to use a larger plate or a bowl so your cheese doesn't start oozing off the plate like mine is in the above photo. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and top with the cranberry sauce. Bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until the cheese is soft and warm. Sprinkle the top with orange zest and walnuts.
  4. Serve immediately with crackers.

Notes
For a simple cranberry sauce combine 4 ounces cranberries , ⅓ cup orange juice, and ¼ cup sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium and simmer till thickened and cranberries have popped. For extra flavor add ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg and cinnamon.   



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