The celebrations continue this week as we say hello to 2014! As we get ready for a cozy night in with friends, I'm menu planning for New Year's Eve- babies and bubbly included! I am loving the idea of several small bites instead of one big meal.
If you are still in need of some tasty bites to add to your New Year's Eve spread, I have the perfect addition. This is a wonderful holiday appetizer that everyone seems to love. I made this last year for my family's pre- Thanksgiving dinner cocktails and appetizers and we added it to our pre- Christmas dinner menu this year as well. I made a second batch when we celebrated Christmas with Mark's family this weekend and even the smallest people in the house gobbled it up!
In a big crowd, one just doesn't seem to be enough. So go ahead and make an extra! Your dinner guests will thank you.
Baked Brie with Cranberries, Cinnamon + Pecans
1 wheel or wedge of Brie cheese
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
1/3 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
a few shakes of cinnamon
1 egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
In a small saucepan on medium heat, melt butter. Add nuts and a few shakes of cinnamon. Saute for 3-5 minutes until nuts are toasted.
In a baking sheet, lay out puff pastry and place brie on top. Place cinnamon/butter/nut mixture on top of the brie followed by the brown sugar then the cranberries. Wrap the brie with the puff pastry. Brush with egg to finish. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until pastry is brown and nicely puffed. Serve with crostini and apple slices.