Everything is better with phyllo, even baked Brie which really seems hard to improve upon. For this recipe, I topped the cheese with my leftover cranberry compote from Thanksgiving. The combination yields a subtly sweet, tart, creamy and crunchy appetizer. It’s basically what dreams are made of.
If you’re looking for a shortcut on this recipe, you can swap out the homemade cranberry compote for store bought cranberry sauce or even raspberry preserves.
You can serve with whatever vessel you prefer to use to transfer the cheese from the dish to your mouth. I opted for artisanal crackers but you could use crostini or fresh baguette. I wouldn’t reach for veggies on this one unless you’re really desperate to achieve #balance.
This is a crowd-pleasing and filling appetizer – best employed throughout the upcoming holiday season when you expect guests to putting away more than a couple cocktails as you panic to get your shit together in the kitchen .
I love to host but it’s often a bit of a panic. Lately I seem to have really gotten my act together though (knock on wood). The secret is to meticulously plan your meal. Make sure you don’t have more stovetop recipes than you have burners, if more than one recipes needs time in the oven, try to ensure they need the same temperature or adapt the timing accordingly.
When I’m hosting, I like to have an appetizer set out in the living room (so they stay out of my way in the kitchen) and a pitcher cocktail ready to go when guests arrive. A co-host is a useful tool if you have one – put them to work chatting up guests so you can stay focused on the tasks at hand.
This is particularly helpful in my case because I’m incapable of carrying on a conversation and cooking at the same time. This will probably preclude me from having a food show any time soon. A skill to work on though.
When I’m cooking is very much like when I’m playing sports or working on a puzzle, my brow is deeply furrowed, occasionally you’ll catch my tongue sticking out ever so slightly. Not exactly made for TV. That being said, I’ve watched enough episodes of Martha Stewart to catch onto the magic of television, raw cookies go in one second, finished cookies come out a second later. So, all I need is a good production assistant. Wish me luck.
Serve with sliced fresh baguette, crostini or crackers.