Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday Food for Thought—Baked Brie Appies

Planning a holiday party? What I am about to share with you is, hands down, my favorite party appetizer of all time.

1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, pressed
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
8-ounces Brie
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using a sharp knife, remove the rind from the Brie. The rind is edible, but many people don’t like it.

Put the Brie in a baking dish and set aside.

Chop the sun-dried tomatoes and cover them with boiling water. Let sit for 15 minutes, until soft. Drain well.

Heat the olive oil in a small frying pan. Saute tomatoes for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds, still stirring constantly. Stir in the basil, parsley and balsamic vinegar. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute.

Cover the Brie with the tomato mixture and bake at 350 degrees until the cheese is soft and warm, about 10 minutes.

Serve with crackers and a thinly sliced bagette. The warm cheese spreads easily and the topping is mouth-wateringly delicious. Seriously. You must try this. Your guests will love you for it!

Until next time,


Gillian Layne said...

This sounds totally doable, and our huge in-law Christmas is mostly appetizers, so I'll have to try it.

Lee McKenzie said...

Enjoy, Gillian! This zippy topping is a perfect compliment to Brie's mild flavor.

And enjoy your family Christmas! Our Christmas dinner is as traditional as it gets, but we do a Christmas Eve buffet that's all appies and finger food.