This post is sponsored by Joan Of Arc Cheese but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
One thing that I love about the holidays is visiting with friends and family that I don't see very often. I'm big into entertaining so we often have people over during the holiday season which means I make a lot of appetizers and desserts. While I have some standard appetizers that I use over and over again I always like to add in a few new ones and get some opinions on them.
I feel like most people expect some sort of baked cheese appetizer, especially a Baked Brie, and I'm all for that. I think Brie is a rich and creamy cheese that pairs well with so many different flavors. Today I'm sharing a recipe using Joan of Arc® Brie cheese. Joan of Arc® cheese is a favorite French and French-style cheese that is recognized throughout the United States because of it's quality and flavor.
I think appetizers that are easy to make but look stunning and can feed a lot of people are the best kind. That's why this holiday season my new favorite appetizer is Baked Brie, Bacon, and Cranberry Pull Apart Bread. From start to finish this bread took me 25 minutes to make including baking time. It's super easy, only uses a handful of ingredients, and it looks gorgeous.
You can use just about any type of hearty bread as the base for this recipe. I chose to use a loaf of French bread but I think a sourdough loaf or a rustic garlic loaf would work well too. You simply have to cut the bread diagonally and then fill it. I chose to fill my bread with Joan of Arc® Brie cheese, dried cranberries, crumbled bacon, and chopped pecans.
While these flavors may seem a little bit off together they made for an amazing appetizer. The sweetness of the dried cranberries with the saltiness of the bacon paired with the creaminess of the Brie cheese and the crunchiness of the pecans was out of this world. Before baking I drizzled it with olive oil then sprinkled it with salt and pepper which just added a bit more flavor.
This appetizer is best served hot when the cheese is gooey and delicious. You can simply serve it on a platter and allow guests to pull off a piece and enjoy or you can cut it on the diagonal lines and serve on a platter. Either way it's a pretty and fun appetizer that is perfect for the holiday season.
- 1 large loaf of bread (such as French Bread or Sourdough)
- 1 (8 oz) round of Joan of Arc® Double Creme Brie Cheese
- ½ c. dried cranberries
- 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- ½ c. pecans, chopped
- 1 T. olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Place the loaf of bread on a cutting board. Using a serrated knife make diagonal cuts about 1 inch apart and go down about halfway. Then make diagonal cuts the other way to make diamond shapes on the bread.
- Cut the Brie into half inch cubes. Place a cube of Brie inside each opening in the bread. Then place dried cranberries on top of the Brie. Stuff bacon and pecans on top of the cranberries.
- Place the bread on a baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and gooey.