Quick Fixes: Impressive Appetizer

Imagine the following scenario: you are sitting at work on a Friday when your friend texts you.... they want to have a happy hour get together--at your house--and want to know if that would be okay with you. Your palms start to sweat... what will you make on such short notice? After all, where there is drinking, there should be eating. Should you suggest a restaurant? But you're trying to save money!

Before you hit the panic button, take a minute to calm down and read this blog post. While the above, totally made-up scenario might not apply to you at all, at one time or another in your life, you are going to find yourself in need of making an appetizer. I am here to help.

Two words: baked brie. While seemingly simple, I have come up with some killer ways to make this a memorable and wholly easy appetizer than will knock the socks off any guest, or just your hubby for a date night in!


This recipe is as straightforward as it seems: 
Brie in a dish
Add some "bits"--here I have added a few yummy cherry peppers 


Top with some oil
Here I have added chili infused olive oil (OMG YUM!) 



In this scenario, I added some cherry tomatoes as my bits! 


With white truffle oil! YUM! 


Then you bake it in the oven on low broil for approximately 20 minutes or until it's all melty and yummy!! 

Time: 30 minutes start to finish | Serves: 4 (as an appetizer) | Difficulty level: Easy 

You Will Need:

A wedge of brie, about 1/4 pound 
2 tablespoons Olive oil (or any kind of fun, infused oil) 
"Bits" of goodness---like cherry tomatoes, cherry peppers, etc. 

Italian or French bread, sliced 

Method:

Put oven on low broil. 

Place your wedge of brie in a small (or individual casserole dish). Place your tomatoes around the cheese. Top with oil. 

Place in the oven, uncovered, until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 20 minutes. 

Serve with bread for dipping and stuff! 

Here are some other fun variations I have done with this recipe, as it is completely versatile, making it the easiest thing EVER! 

- Top the brie with tomatoes and add a dollop of pesto and then the truffle oil 
-Top the brie with a homemade jam (I used peach) and then top with the chili infused oil (sweet AND spicy!) 
Another thing I like to do (when I have more people coming over) is to make two of these, each a different "flavor"

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