Posts Tagged ‘ party food ’

Raspberry & Nut Baked Brie

Today we celebrated my niece Kirstie’s 18th birthday with a fun party.  Not to sound old but it seems like last week she was just a little kid and now she’s an amazing young woman who I love hanging out with.  I got to meet a lot of both my sister and Kirstie’s friends which was really cool.  My hubby and I had a great time and I contributed my taco dip (posted) which is always a huge hit  My sister Sandy made her Baked Brie recipe which I just love.

I asked her to send me the recipe and had a moment of shock when I read it.  Her version is not vegetarian, however with a quick change from jelly to jam we are veg approved!  I just have to get over my own disappointment for letting it slip by, and enjoying it so much while not realizing the recipe didn’t correlate with my principles!  On occasion I guess it happens to all of us.

She’s made this a couple of times once using refrigerated crescent rolls and today using phyllo dough.  The crescent version may be a little easier to make since phyllo can be tricky and you have to work very quickly when using it.  Personally I like both and it’s recipes like this that make it so difficult to go totally vegan.  I’m sure I’ll get there one day, slowly and surely, it’ll happen.  In the meantime find a reason to make some brie, it’s so good!


1 8 oz round of Brie

1 package of phyllo dough thawed, or 1 container of crescent rolls

Several tablespoons of raspberry jam

A few tablespoons of sliced almonds or chopped walnuts

a few teaspoons of brown sugar



Defrost phyllo or unroll crescent rolls making sure to work seams together and  place brie on top, add quite a bit of jam on top, sprinkle the nuts and  top with some brown sugar. Wrap the Brie completely with the dough. If there is a lot of extra  Phyllo dough, tie on top with kitchen string. Mix egg and brush on top for nice browning. Bake about 20 minutes at 425 till lightly brown.  Serve by slicing into wedge or pie like pieces.


Fresh French Bread Pizza

Thursday was the last day I was able to cook anything due to my crazy work schedule.  Usually I cook food that will last a few days providing me with at least 2 meals of leftovers to bring to work for dinner.  However, this past Thursday I wanted some simple comfort food.

This past Thursday I had an inexplicable craving for some home made French Bread Pizza, something I haven’t craved in years.  I had rented the movie It’s Complicated (not so complicated or good) and decided to give into my craving as it seemed like a great movie dinner.

This is a really simple recipe using fresh bread, fresh mozzerella, fresh tomato’s and fresh basil.  You get the picture.  It took about 15 minutes to prepare another 10 minutes to cook and was the perfect way to satisfy my craving.  It would also work great as a party food cut into 1-2 inch slices.


1 fresh loaf of French bread (Italian will do)

2-3 large beefsteak tomato’s sliced

1 lb fresh mozzarella sliced thin

1/2 stick butter

several sprigs of fresh basil julienned

2-3 cloves of garlic minced

salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning (I use Italian Herb Seasoning Grinder ) parsley


Melt butter in a small saucepan and add garlic and seasonings to your preference, saute for 1-2 minutes.

Slice bread lengthwise and paint bread with the melted butter mixture spreading seasoning somewhat evenly over bread.

Top with sliced tomato’s seasoning with more salt and pepper if desired

Then add julienned basil and top with cheese

Personally, I think these flavors work perfectly together so I prefer no additional toppings.  Feel free to top with any of your favorite pizza toppings.