Oh man. It is November 19, and I have already received six invites for Christmas parties this year. Six!!
Granted, I understand why so many friends want to plan in advance during a busy season. But you have to understand — I’m the girl who is adamantly opposed to even thinking about anything Christmas until after Thanksgiving. In mi casa, there is no Christmas tree, no present-shopping, no holiday-music-listening, no carol-singing, no Christmas-anything until November 29.
Now when that day arrives, I will happily deck the halls and crank up my N*Sync Christmas album (err, I mean She & Him) and watch Christmas Vacation and bake Christmas cookies all day long. And Henry might even dress up too. ;)
In the meantime though, I have been thinking about what my go-to holiday appetizer for this year will be — for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, you name it. And this week, I tested out an idea, and it was a total winner. Feel free to join me in adopting this fabulous 20-minute app — Cranberry Pistachio Baked Brie.
For years I have loved the combination of brie and cranberry — whether on paninis, on crackers, in phyllo cups and more. But for a little extra color this year, I decided to add in some green pistachios and sprinkle on some orange zest. And the result was as yummy as it was adorable.
I love this cranberry pistachio baked bree!! And all you just need 6 ingredients (plus water) to make it yourself.
If you happen to have leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving, this would be the perfect way to put it to use. Or if you don’t have any on hand, whip up a simple batch homemade. Trust me — the homemade version is 10x better than the stuff that comes out of a can. (And it’s cuter too!)
All you have to do it bring some cranberries, sugar and water to a boil (and I added in some extra orange zest), and then let them simmer for 10 minutes and you’re ready to go.
Bake up a wheel of brie.
Then pour that delicious sauce onto some freshly baked brie, sprinkle with pistachios and a little more orange zest, and you’re ready to go.
This literally can be ready to go in 20 minutes. And in my experience of years entertaining, people tend to get ridiculously excited about baked brie. I don’t know what it is. But it always disappears first at my house.
So if you’re looking for a quick and easy appetizer this holiday season — whenever those invites and parties may come — I can’t recommend this baked brie recipe enough! It’s a keeper. :)
This quick and easy baked brie recipe is perfect for the holidays or anytime!
2 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
zest of one orange, divided
1 wheel brie
1/2 cup shelled pistachios
(crackers for serving)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Add cranberries, sugar, water and about half of the orange zest to a medium saucepan, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil, and place the brie in the center of the sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and just begins to ooze out the side. Transfer baked brie to a serving tray. Then top with the cranberry sauce, and sprinkle with pistachios and remaining orange zest.
Serve immediately with crackers.
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This looks amazing! Reminds me of a thanksgiving version of Sandy’s amazing wheel o’ brie.
You had me at melted cheese.
Oh man, you would hate it around here. My town already has Christmas lights up and Christmas tree lots!
This brie is gorgeous!! I love the combo of cranberries, brie and pistachio. So good and so pretty to look at!
Ali, I received a Christmas party invite in September! I’m not kidding! And my neighbors have their tree up. I’m trying to soak in all of Thanksgiving right now and I am just LOVING this baked brie! Brie is my favorite cheese and I love serving it as a sweet appetizer.
Love this, Ali! It’s so festive and pretty!
Now I’m a little sad that I haven’t received any party invites, though. *sob*
Great appetizer, Ali! Looks absolutely delicious!
You are Miss Popular:) Have fun at all of your parties. I think I will just stay home in my pj’s this year and eat this BRIE! YUM!
This is BEAUTIFUL!! Love all the bright colors. I haven’t been invited to a single Christmas party this year. I guess it’s because I’m old and wear lots of yoga pants?
That’s a lot of parties!! And parties always come with tasty food! This would be a perfect treat for each one of them! Sign me up!
I’m so excited about this! I love serving baked brie as an appetizer and this festive twist will be perfect for the Holidays! Just added it to a few of our menus! Thanks!
This is such a gorgeous holiday appetizer, love the cranberries + pistachios!
Ali, this is STUNNING – seriously, it just screams HOLIDAY!
Beautiful, Ali!!!! I can’t wait to make this over the holidays!
Such a beautiful and festive dish! I love the holiday season, but like waiting until after Thanksgiving to start celebrating Christmas :)
This looks magical. I love me some baked brie. Oh, and I will shamelessly play the ‘N SYNC Christmas album over and over all season long! It’s a classic. :)
I absolutely love this! Such an awesome app!
What a gorgeous appetizer to serve for any holiday! So pretty! I’m with you on waiting until after Thanksgiving to start celebrating Christmas, but I think we might be in the minority with that! Christmas is already everywhere!
Doesn’t it feel sometimes like the biggest meal of the year is just an afterthought?! I’m already Christmas daydreaming too! Fortunately, this brie is perfect for either occasion – I love it, Ali!
what a beautiful shot of that brie! I love this topping because many people use toppings that are way too sweet for me – even, sometimes, honey. Cranberries, slightly sweetened are perfect and so pretty as well. love this!
Wow, this is a gorgeous app, Ali! I’ve never had baked brie, if you can believe it. I need to remedy that this holiday season!
Well, you’re five invites ahead of me right now!! I think it’s because your friends know it’s possible you might bring a gorgeous app such as this one. :-)
You can totally bring this to my house anytime! YUM!
Dumb question no. 1. Do you take that rind off of the brie before baking?
Did anyone answer Josie’s question about the rind on the Brie. Take it off or leave it on during baking. If so, where is the answer?
Thanks, Bert Savarese. Jolie101415@aol.com
This is just beautiful!!
I LOVE THIS!!! so pretty!
Just perfect for pre-thanksgiving dinner sneak to keep the food sneekers at bay!
When I can eat brie again, I’m seriously going to get insane on this.
The thought of this is just killing me, I need this in front of me now. I love brie, especially with the flavors you added, perfection.
This is beautiful.Thanks for sharing….
Hi, I just joined you ,your recipes look good. Question I want to make cranberry Brie do I need cranberry sauce hot or can I make ahead and put on cold on the hot Brie. I have never done anything before with Brie or made a cranberry sauce. Ty Bonnie
Sure, you could use cold cranberry sauce if you’d like, but I like it best warmed.