Easy and Elegant Appetizer

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | December 24th, 2008 | Appetizers, Recipes

It’s the holiday season again, which translates to entertaining for many people.  As you prepare for an evening of company at your house, you probably are debating what to serve.  Whether you enjoy cooking or not, there are times when everyone wants to reduce the workload, relax, and enjoy the company- myself included.

However, just because I want to create a simple menu, it does not mean that I have to offer food that are less elegant.  What I will do is minimize the ingredients.  Sometimes the simplest of recipes can be very elegant.

An excellent example of this is baked brie.  About a year ago, I wrote about pastry-wrapped brie.  While that recipe is simple, the one that I used with my caramelized bananas was even easier to make.  Plus, it still looks beautiful when plated.

For a hint of Christmas, place the brie in the center of your serving plate.  Arrange green apple slices (misted with lemon juice to prevent browning) and strawberries in a fan around the brie.  Place a coordinating plate or basket nearby with crackers or melba toast.

While you are entertaining this holiday season and are busy creating delicious recipes for your family and friends, make sure you don’t miss the joy of it all.  Take the time to step out of the kitchen and enjoy these days with your friends and family.

Baked Brie


Cook Time
15 min

Cook Time
15 min

  1. 8 oz. wheel of brie
  2. Crackers or melba toast
  3. Fresh fruit slices*
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Leaving brie in its rind (but removing any plastic wrapping), place in a small ovenproof dish, such as a pie pan.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove, and serve immediately with crackers and fruit.
  1. *Apples, pears, grapes, and strawberries work well with brie.
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