Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce & Walnuts

A Last Minute Appetizer: Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce and Walnuts.


3/4 cup cranberry sauce

1 16-ounce brie round

Zest of one orange

2/3 cup walnut pieces

Crackers for serving


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Remove the top of the rind from the cheese using a serrated knife, and discard the rind. Place the cheese, cut side up on an oven safe plate or bowl. Just make sure to use a larger plate or a bowl so your cheese doesn’t start oozing off the plate.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and top with the cranberry sauce. Bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until the cheese is soft and warm. Sprinkle the top with orange zest and walnuts.
Serve immediately with crackers.


For a simple cranberry sauce combine 4 ounces cranberries , 1/3 cup orange juice, and 1/4 cup sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium and simmer till thickened and cranberries have popped. For extra flavor add 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and cinnamon.

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Prosciutto & Fresh Mozzarella
on Grilled Garlic Toasts

makes 24 toasts
1 baguette
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
3 tablespoons of olive oil
8 ounces of fresh mozzarella, sliced
6 slices of prosciutto, thinly sliced
sea salt & cracked pepper
fresh basil, chopped

Prepare the bread by slicing it into thin slices.  Grill bread just before serving.  You can do it under the broiler in your oven, or on the grill.  Brush the bread with olive oil on one side.  If broiling, place them on a sheet oiled side up and place them under the broiler for 1-2 minutes.  Be careful not to burn!  If grilling, also grill the bread for 1-2 minutes.  When you remove them from the grill or oven, let them cool slightly, then rub the raw clove of garlic on each piece.

If grilling, brush the other side of the bread with oil, the put that side down on the baking sheet or tray.  If you are broiling in the oven, just keep the toasts on the sheet with their toasted side up. Top each piece of bread with small, thin slices of prosciutto.  Then, top each with a slice of fresh mozzarella.  Grill or broil the toasts for 2 minutes, or just until the mozzarella begins to melt.  Remove from the grill or broiler and top with salt, pepper and fresh basil.

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Bruleed Pears with Prosciutto, Cranberry Sauce, and Goat Cheese. The best holiday appetizer ever!

The only item that needs to be cooked is the cranberry sauce, which can be made in advance.  All that is needed for the rest is just assembly.


3 fresh Asian pears
Juice of 1 lemon
6 tablespoons light brown sugar
Freshly ground black pepper
12 slices of prosciutto or Parma ham
¾ cup cranberry sauce
Crumbled goat cheese
Sprigs of thyme

  1. On a cutting board, slice pears to make 4 rounds from each pear. Remove the core from each round using a melon baller or sharp spoon.
  2. Dip pear slices into lemon juice diluted 1:10 with water to keep them from browning. Pat dry, place each round on a platter, and sprinkle ½ tablespoon of light brown sugar on top of each round. Using a culinary torch, brulée (brown) the sugar. Sprinkle a dash of pepper and top with a slice of prosciutto. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the cranberry sauce on top of each and sprinkle a little goat cheese on each piece. Garnish with a sprig of thyme. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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