3 Easy Cheesy Appetizers to Serve During the Holidays

December 12, 2014

No matter what kind of party you are throwing this holiday season, these cheesy appetizers are guaranteed crowd pleasers and can be put on the table in a flash.  Baked brie, blue cheese spread, and baked goat cheese only require a handful of ingredients and minimal effort.  Your guests will love these simple but delicious appetizers.

Blue Cheese Spread
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4 ounces  cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup walnuts
2 to 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces crumbled blue cheese, chilled 
multigrain crackers or crostini, for serving


Step 1: Heat a saute pan over medium-low heat.   Add the walnuts and toast them until fragrant, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat immediately so they do not burn.  Once cooled, chop the nuts into bite sized pieces.

Step 2: In a bowl, mix the softened cream cheese with the chopped and thyme leaves.  Season with salt and pepper.

Step 3: Fold in the blue cheese into the cream cheese mixture taking care not to break up the crumbles.

Step 4: Transfer the spread into a serving dish and include multigrain crackers and crostini.

Baked Brie
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1 9 oz. wheel of brie cheese
1/2 cup pecan halves
1/4 cup honey
sliced baguette or crackers, for serving


Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Place the whole cheese wheel on a baking tray.

Step 3: Bake 15 to 20 minutes until cheese has softened.  Remove from oven and let cool.

Sep 4: Meanwhile as the cheese cools, heat a saute pan over medium-low heat.   Add the pecans and toast them until fragrant, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat immediately so they do not burn.

Step 5: Pour the honey over the brie and sprinkle nuts over the top. Serve with crackers or baguette.

Baked Goat Cheese
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8 to 12 ounces marinated goat cheese, broken into large chunks
2 to 3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
2 to 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Sliced baguette or crackers, for serving
orange marmalade, for serving


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2: Place the marinated goat cheese and rosemary in a small ovenproof dish.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.

Step 3: Once cooked, remove from oven and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and freshly ground black pepper. Serve with sliced baguette or crackers and orange marmalade.

*hot pepper jelly would also compliment this dish.

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