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Saving Spoons: Easy Holiday Appetizer


It’s time for another Savings Spoons post! This time we have a guest host who is going to share a yummy and quick recipe to keep on hand for the upcoming holidays! Who wouldn’t love that?! Enjoy!

I am so excited and honored to be featured here at A New Kind of Normal.  I’m grateful to Jamee for giving me the opportunity to share some of my favorite holiday recipes with her readers!

PLEASED TO MEET YOU — I’m Jenn, and I’m the “bird” behind  the creative living blog Rook No. 17.  I draw on my experiences as a mother, chocolatier and pastry artist, teacher and lifelong crafter to share original crafts, recipes and ideas for making every day special.

With the holiday season just around the corner, you may be starting to think about your plans for entertaining and hospitality.  If you’re like me, limited by time, but not without the desire to add special little touches, then these two easy recipes for beautiful and delicious holiday bries may appeal to you.

You can prepare these several days in advance (they’re even better that way) and serve them hot or cold as an alternative to a standard cheese plate.  These delicious stuffed bries are always a crowd pleaser!  A stuffed brie makes a lovely hostess gift during the holidays when presented with a box of gourmet crackers and a nice cheese knife.

Pesto Brie with Sundried Tomatoes and Toasted Pine Nuts
1 wedge of good brie (approx. 1/2 pound)
3 Tablespoons Pesto, drained in a coffee filter
4-6 Basil leaves, blanched in boiling water for a few seconds
Julienne cut sundried tomatoes
Toasted Pine Nuts

  1. Put your wedge of brie in the freezer for 15 minutes. This will make it easier to slice.
  2. While the brie is chilling, place pesto in a coffee filter over a glass to drain some of the oil.
  3. Cut the brie in half.
  4. Spread the pesto evenly over the bottom half of the brie, leaving 1/4″ border.
  5. Use a paper towel to lightly blot the pesto.
  6. Put the top half of the brie back on.
  7. Finish by garnishing with pine nuts. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate before serving, and for up to a week.

Almond Brie Stuffed with Apricot Preserves
(this brie is also wonderful when served warm)
1 wedge of good brie (approx. 1/2 pound)
3 Tablespoons Apricot Preserves
Slivered Almonds

  1. Put your wedge of brie in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  2. Cut the brie in half.
  3. Spread 2 TB of the apricot preserves evenly over the bottom half of the brie, leaving 1/4″ border.
  4. Gently put top half of brie back on. Heat remaining TB of preserves in the microwave for approx. 20 seconds. Using a pastry brush, gently brush melted apricot preserves on top of brie.
  5. Garnish top by slightly overlapping layers of toasted slivered almonds.
Do you have a time or energy-saving tip you would like to share with us and would like to be featured as a guest post?  Let me know!  Topics can range from organization, meal planning, and even beauty routines!  With the holidays coming up who couldn’t use some help with time management?

5 comments on “Saving Spoons: Easy Holiday Appetizer

  1. Ashlee says:

    Oh my gosh! What an awesome idea. So glad I saw this today. I have several parties in the works and this is a great cheese plate idea.

  2. Jamee, thank you so much for sharing my brie recipes here on A New Kind of Normal. I hope your readers will enjoy them! Warmest wishes, Jenn

  3. Christine says:

    Wow. Yum! I love this idea and can’t wait to try it.

  4. Mad Woman behind the Blog says:

    These are gorgeous and EASY! Oh thank you. So much more interesting and mature than my cookie platter.


  5. CK says:

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! Where do you come up with this stuff, Jenn!?!?!?! This looks SOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!


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