Looking for a festive and easy holiday appetizer? I’ve got just the thing.
Brie – not just a slab of cheese, but jusshed up a bit (how DO you spell jusshed??). I like to slice off the top of the rind and add seasonal toppings. For the holidays I like to use chopped dried cranberries and shelled pistachios. The red and green just scream holiday.
Other topping ideas?
- chopped pecans and dried apricots (great for Thanksgiving)
- chopped mixed herbs
- sliced almonds
- raspberry or fig preserve
Brie is wonderful served on its own (for a few) or as a part of a cheese platter (for a crowd). It can be served warm or room temperature. Just remember that it melts quickly in the microwave, so watch it carefully. When I melt brie, I serve it in a small round or au gratin dish. Add a napkin lined basket of crackers and a spreader and you’re all done.
btw – if you or a guest are lactose intolerant, try Goat Brie (available at Trader Joes).
For more quick and easy appetizer ideas read here.