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Cranberry Brie Bites – a quick and easy holiday appetizer! Melted brie and cranberry sauce in crisp phyllo cups with candied walnuts on top!

Cranberry Brie Bites - a quick and easy holiday appetizer! Melted brie and cranberry sauce in crisp phyllo cups with candied walnuts on top!

I can’t even believe we’re weeks away Thanksgiving. You guys, how did this happen?!

I feel like I’m behind on planning everything – have you figured out your menu yet?

I forever have that problem where I have so many recipes I want to try but I also want to make all the holiday classics and there’s just not enough room on my table for everything and it’s just me and my 3 boys so it’s not like we need a ton of food.

I do have desserts figured out which, you know, is the most important part.

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Apple and Brie Grilled Cheese – the perfect fall sandwich recipe! Turkey, brie, and fresh apple slices. Plus, a honey drizzle! 

Apple and Brie Grilled Cheese - the perfect fall sandwich recipe! Turkey, brie, and fresh apple slices. Plus, a honey drizzle!

Have I told you guys that I’m obsessed with sandwiches lately?

I’ve never in my life been a sandwich person. I don’t ever just make a sandwich for lunch or go to a sandwich shop.

But one day a few weeks ago, I was in a mood so I took the husky for a hike and spent the entire hike thinking about sandwiches.

Like, 3 hours of thinking about sandwiches.

When my phone had service, I was on Yelp looking up sandwich places in the area.

I got a sandwich on the way home and haven’t stopped ever since.

So to say that this Apple and Brie Grilled Cheese is my favorite thing I’ve made in a while is the understatement of the year.

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I partnered up with ALDI for this amazingly delicious Bacon Cranberry Baked Brie recipe.

Bacon Cranberry Baked Brie – the perfect holiday appetizer! Brie topped with bacon, dried cranberries, apricot preserves, fresh rosemary and then baked until melty and delicious! Serve with crackers or apple slices at your next holiday party!

Bacon Cranberry Baked Brie - the perfect holiday appetizer! The sweet and salty combo is so delicious!

Do you do appetizers at your holiday meals?

You know I’m a big fan of an appetizer and look for any excuse to have one. I’ve been known to be too full for a holiday dinner because I hovered over the cheese board all afternoon.

I feel like a baked brie is the most perfect holiday appetizer. It’s easy, takes just a few minutes in the oven, and who doesn’t love melty cheese with deliciousness on top?

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Apple and Brie Quesadillas – easy and delicious meatless meal! Crisp apples with melty brie and peppery arugula. 

Apple and Brie Quesadillas - easy and delicious meatless meal! Crisp apples with melty brie and peppery arugula.

Is it really Monday again? How did that happen so fast?

Well how was the weekend? I hope it was fantastic!

Ours was good. It is still so stupid hot here in Texas that I kind of didn’t want to do anything. Like even running to Walmart (as I’m doing every other day right now to look for new pumpkin goodies) seemed too difficult.

I keep reminding myself of our Christmas roadtrip last year and how we had to drive through snow in Dallas.

C’mon cold weather! C’mon 1/8″ of snow!

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Recently I was lucky enough to receive a round of brie from the lovely people at Ile de France. I, being a cheese lover, jumped at the opportunity.

I knew as soon as I got the email from them that I wanted to bake it in puff pastry. I wasn’t sure where to go with it from there though. I went through a lot of recipes and most of them included nuts and dried fruit. Easy enough but I definitely wanted to add some sweetness.

I ended up using butter, brown sugar, toasted walnuts, and dried cherries. This was the perfect combination! Everything worked well together and the walnuts and cherries added great texture to the cheese.

It turned out to be such a simple little snack but I know it could impress a crowd. Both my boys loved it which was the last thing I expected!

Baked Brie
Ingredients
  • 1 round of Ile de France brie
  • 1 sheet puff pastry thawed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup walnuts toasted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 400.
  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add brown sugar and stir until melted. Stir in walnuts and cherries. Transfer to a small bowl and allow to cool in refrigerator.
  3. Unroll puff pastry and place brie round in center. Top with cooled walnut mixture and fold pastry over top. Gently press seals to secure. Combine egg and water, brush over pastry.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes or until pastry is lightly browned. Lower oven to 325 and bake for an extra 20 minutes.
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