For Day 3, please welcome Amy from Chew Out Loud. I love the variety of recipes from Amy’s site. It’s filled with recognizable things but with a little twist and additions like sweet potatos or smoked bacon or garlic butter. I like her suggestions on sneaking extra veggies into her dishes too. On my short list are: Sweet Potato Cinnamon Muffins with Brown Sugar, Honey Mustard Chicken with Curry, Easy Cheesy Ravioli Bake, BBQ Chicken with Smoked Bacon Pizza, Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Bon Bons and Brownie Peanut Butter Cups. Here is Homemade for the Holidays with Amy.
Ready or not, here it comes! December is suddenly upon us and holiday season is absolutely in full swing. The ongoing festivities bring a cheerful warmth to the chilly air, even for self-proclaimed cold wimps as myself. Each weekend, we’re observing cars galore parked in driveways of homes, signaling a jolly party within. Our own family has had a merry time hosting a couple of recent dinner parties, and are planning a few more celebrations before year’s end.
In honor of this magical season, I’m showing off the delectable Brie en croute that’s popular on my dinner party menu. Cute, isn’t it? Some of the best things do come in little packages. This adorable appetizer is gigantic on flavor, and will take the edge off those ravenous tummies while your family/friends wait for dinner to be served. Beware of this phenomenal appetizer’s capacity to steal the show. Definitely be forewarned that the recipe will be highly requested. Either that, or you’ll be asked to make it yourself every year thereafter.
Brie en croute. It’s pronounced on-kroot, with gutteral and nasal-ish french accent. Don’t forget to roll the “r.” Keep repeating just for fun, oui? In French, “en croute” literally means “on the way.” That is indeed the sweet secret of this appetizer. On the outside, it looks like some kind of rotund pastry thingy amidst crackers. Oh, but once it is sliced into… that is the big reveal. The good stuff is indeed on the way.
The first slice into the buttery, flaky pastry exterior reveals the warm brie cheese lying just beneath the surface. Resting on top of the silky brie cheese is a gorgeous layer of toasted pecans and sweet raspberry preserves. We love how flexible this brie en croute is; select your favorite nut and fruit mixture to top the brie off with. Almost any combination will result in a fabulous treat.
My favorite part about brie en croute? It is unbelievably easy to pull off. It’s quickly assembled ahead of time, to be baked up right before you need it. Just try to let it cool off a bit before digging in, if you can wait. It’s awesome to have on the menu, whether you’re the host or the guest. Or present it as a hostess gift so the recipient can bake it up when she needs a mouth-watering treat. Enjoy, and Happy December!
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