Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve appetizer

So we dont host either of the Christmas dinner events. My sister-in-law does Christmas Eve. I asked her what we could bring and she said appetizers. My husband made hot artichoke dip and I made Paula Deen's glazed nuts over brie. It was quite a hit!

***I used crushed macadamia nuts and I did red and green apples and crackers, no pears***

Sugar and Nut Glazed Brie
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts or pecans
1 tablespoon brandy (get the mini bar type bottle)
1 (14-ounce) round brie
Apple wedges, for serving
Pear wedges, for serving
2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
Crackers, for serving

In a small bowl stir together the sugar, nuts, and brandy. Cover and chill for at least 24 hours or up to 1 week.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

Place the brie on an ovenproof platter or pie plate. Bake for 4 or 5 minutes or until the brie is slightly softened. Spread the sugar mixture in an even layer on top of the warm brie and bake for 2 to 3 minutes longer, or until the sugar melts. Brush the fruit wedges with lemon juice and arrange them around 1 side of the brie. Place crackers around the other side.

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