Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Dinner Party: Baked Brie

On Monday I hosted a fun dinner party for David and his roommates. 
This is the third year I've done it and I'd have to say 
this was definitely the best meal to date!


Cranberry Punch

Glass Bottled Dr Pepper
 (don't judge. this is definitely holiday-party-worthy)

Baked Brie served with  sliced apples

Spinach Salad 
with dried cranberries, walnuts and feta cheese

Sliced Rib Roast

Side Dishes:
Scalloped Potatoes

Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles 
Dinner Rolls 

Tuxedo Cake

Although it felt like so many things went wrong during the prep time, 
(forgetting to bring beaters for the hand mixer,
not having enough time to let rolls rise and having to get store bought ones
totally planning around the wrong cut of meat...)
this meal turned out truly delicious. And if this amateur cook 
can pull it off, so can you. I'm going to share a few of the recipes 
I used with tips to make them simpler!

The first is the baked brie. 
It's really easy and delicious and makes a beautiful presentation. 
Plus, cheese is awesome. 
Who doesn't like cheese?
I served this while I finished up the rest of the prep for the meal. 

You'll need:
One 15oz Brie wheel
One puff pastry sheet
1 egg plus 1 tsp water
sliced apples (optional)

What To Do:
Wrap the brie wheel in the pastry sheet the flip over so the smooth side is on top. Decorate with any extra pastry dough (I made a bow on top). Brush with the egg wash. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees, or until browned on top. Let it sit for about fifteen minutes before you slice into it, or all the cheese will be too gooey and will run out everywhere!

You can also include pecans and raspberry jam inside for a fantastic twist on this. 
There are so many ways to customize it to include things that you like. 

Stay tuned for more recipes from this Christmas Dinner menu!


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