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Baked Brie with Cranberries & Spiced Pecans Recipe

“A friend once told me that great hosts always have cheese, nuts, and berries to share, just in case company happens to stop by. Around the holidays, I make sure to follow that advice.” – Joseph Carr, Founder, Josh Cellars

Impress your guests next time you’re hosting by serving tasty appetizers, snacks, and wine. Our experts curated our Baked Brie with Cranberries & Spiced Pecans recipe to pair deliciously with our Josh Cellars wines, especially our Chardonnay.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup pecans
  • ¼ cup of water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries (frozen if fresh is unavailable)
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 (8-ounce) wheels of Brie, room temperature
  • Pomegranate seeds as garnish (optional)
  • Fresh mint (optional)
  • Crackers for serving

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350˚ Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine confectioner’s sugar, kosher salt, cayenne pepper and mix well.
  • Add pecans and water to the sugar mixture. Stir gently to coat. Transfer pecans to baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until fragrant. Remove from oven and cool.
  • While pecans are cooling, bring water and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  • Add cranberries to the boiling mixture and lower the heat to simmer for 10 minutes or until half the cranberries have burst. Add lemon juice, remove from heat and cool.
  • For the Brie, preheat oven to 350˚ Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Trim rind from tops of both Brie wheels while keeping the sides intact. Place on baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until melted through.
  • Top each Brie wheel with cranberry sauce and spicy, candied pecans. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and mint. Serve immediately with crackers.

Wine Pairing

Josh Cellars Chardonnay

Our Josh Cellars Chardonnay is a well-balanced wine featuring tastes of honey and bright citrus that complement the sweet and salty tastes of our Baked Brie with Cranberries & Spiced Pecans recipe. With its hints of juicy peach and touch of oak character, you’ll love our deliciously smooth Chardonnay. Looking for other wines to serve with this recipe? Our favorites include:

We also love pairing our Josh Cellars Chardonnay with grilled vegetables, roasted chicken, steamed mussels, shrimps, and creamy pasta. All the foods this wine complements makes this wine incredibly versatile, perfect for everything ranging from a garden party to a multi-course dinner.

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