I am trying something a little different for the next few weeks. Instead of featuring an Ingredient, I will cook one dish at a time a Thanksgiving menu (sans the Turkey) I refuse to be responsible for the turkey.
So let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. I am told there is a debate on whether it’s worth it to have on appetizers on Thanksgiving or if its better to just stick to the main event.
In my family, there is no a question. Appetizers are essential. How could one possibly wait until late afternoon to start the Thanksgiving feast. A true Thanksgiving means feasting all day.
For my thanksgiving menu, I think the ultimate appetizer is cheese. I have long admired How Sweet It Is cheese plate making abilities so I figured Thanksgiving was the perfect time to put my cheese plate making abilities to the test.
For my cheese plate, I started out with a baked brie because why not. A baked brie is always the best cheese on a cheese plate. For thanksgiving, cranberries and pomegranate seem like the natural topping for brie, right. I actually think I made this one last year too.
After the brie, I went with a Creamy Toscano Cheese Soaked in Syrah from Trader Joe’s and a Berry Goat Cheese to stick to the red/pink/purple color palette. I added two “butters” apple butter and fig butter as well as dried cranberries. Last but not least, you need a baguette and then I went with Rosemary Raisin Crisps from Trader Joe’s and a multi-grain cracker.
Cranberry Pomegranate Pistachio Baked Brie" servings
- 1 8 oz brie wheel
- 1 tbsp apple butter
- 1/4 cup whole fresh cranberries
- 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
- 2 tbsp chopped pistachios
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Deseed the pomegranate, chop the pistachios.
Place the brie on the parchment paper, spread the apple butter on top.
Add the cranberries, pomegranates, and chopped pistachios on top of the brie.
Put the brie in the oven for about 10 minutes.
I’m thinking not bad for a cheese plate especially one that doesn’t break the bank! What are must haves on your cheese plate?