Brie with Fruit Spreads

Our annual Sausage Party is an excuse for me to try new recipes and add to the food-a-palooza that is the buffet. I make Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cream Cheese and Olives, and always something new.

I had over half of a Brie cheese leftover after making Brie & Chutney Bites, and thought about what I could do with it. Brie is a soft cheese with a mild flavor which lends itself to topping with sweet or savory flavors.

I had strawberry preserves leftover from making Mini Victoria Sponges, chutney leftover from the Brie & Chutney Bites, and fig jam in my refrigerator. A variety of flavors and colors, and presto! A new platter for the Sausage Party.

Brie with Fruit Spreads

1 round Brie, rind on

Three jams/chutneys/spreads of your choice

Crackers

I used three small parfait glasses with their small spoons to serve the fruit spreads, one each of fig jam, strawberry preserves, and Major Grey’s Chutney.

Triscuits are my cracker of choice for Cream Cheese and Olives, and they worked well with the Brie and fruit spreads too!

Fast, easy, and adjustable to the flavors you and your family prefer.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Brie & Chutney Bites

Our annual Sausage Party was held December 16th. This year friends and family made 180 pounds of Italian pork sausage, and there was a feast of food and drink for everyone to enjoy.

My husband’s family started this tradition. A friend of the family was Italian, and Husband’s parents and grandfather would make a few pounds of sausage. As the younger generation took over and invited friends, we’ve morphed into an annual tradition of our own.

People make their specialties for a snacking potluck; food and drinks are available all day long, and it’s a day for grazing. The only formal meal is dinner: We grill 5 pounds of sausage served in toasted hoagie rolls and topped with onions and peppers. A spicy or horseradish mustard is a tasty addition, too. Husband makes his German Potato Salad, and it’s a fine ending to a fun day.

I always make desserts and take some appetizers. My go-to recipes are Chocolate Chip Cookes and Cream Cheese and Olives. I also made Mini Victoria Sponges. I made spritz cookies for the first time, which turned out well. I also made Brie & Chutney Bites. If you need a fast, three-ingredient recipe, these are delicious.

Brie & Chutney Bites

2 packages filo shells from the freezer case

1 round of Brie, rind on, cut into chunks

1 jar of Chutney, any flavor (I used Major Grey’s Chutney)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place the filo shells in mini-muffin tins. Into each shell, put one chunk of Brie and a scant teaspoon of chutney.

Bake for 10 minutes; remove from oven. I transported these in the muffin tins and plated them at the host’s home.

Any flavor jam or chutney can be used.

Happy Holidays to all!