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Friday, January 1, 2010

Baked Brie

I have an appetizer obsession lately... baked brie. I think its my new favorite thing. We made it for an appetizer at Thanksgiving, again at a Christmas dinner I made, and last night, I made it for a New Year's Eve treat. Its an extremely simple appetizer that takes about 2 minutes of prep work and can be ready in about 30 minutes.

You can add so many different things to brie, in this case I used apricot preserves and toasted walnuts. It's great with pretty much any fruit chutney or honey mustard sauce.
1 wedge or wheel of brie
1/2 jar apricot preserves
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
French bread

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wrap brie in aluminum foil and bake on a rimmed baking sheet for about 25 minutes until the brie puffs up and is almost ready to ooze out. Meanwhile add walnuts to a small dry skillet and toast over medium heat until fragrant, about 5-7 minutes. Watch these carefully so you don't burn them. Remove brie from oven, transfer to a serving platter, spread preserves over the top and top with walnuts. Serve with thinly sliced, warmed or toasted bread.

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