Planning the best New Year’s Eve party ever? Don’t forget the snacks! Caramelized Pear Baked Brie is always a popular winter appetizer for a crowd.
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2016 is days away from being over and I haven’t even made New Year’s Eve plans yet. Chris and I can’t decide between braving our favorite cocktail bar with friends, going to someone’s house or hanging out at home together to ring in the new year.
We still have three days to decide. I’m not worried. Winging NYE plans is what I do best.
I also briefly entertained the idea of throwing our own party, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.
But if I were, I’d be making this Caramelized Pear Baked Brie. I tried out this recipe for Thanksgiving and it’s perfect for all winter entertaining.
Pears are so luscious and succulent. I always forget how much I enjoy eating them, and then when I cut one open I can’t keep my paws off of them.
When cooked with with sugar, cinnamon and cloves and served atop a warm wheel of creamy, French brie cheese, all of the pear’s tart brightness comes out. Simply delicious.
You can serve this Caramelized Pear Baked Brie with any kind of bread or crackers. At parties I always try to serve cheeses with gluten-free crackers as well as regular crackers and bread. (You never know who’s GF these days!) I like water crackers the best! Slices of uncooked pear would be good, too.
Regardless of your New Year’s Eve plans, perhaps you can at least make a resolution to make this appetizer at least once this winter. Cheers! // susannah
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20 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
- In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. When the butter begins to foam, stir in the sugar and cook until the sugar bubbles and dissolves, about 3 minutes.
- Add the diced pears and cook, stirring gently and infrequently, until mixture has caramelized and pears just begin to release their juices. Gently fold in the cloves and cinnamon. Remove from heat.
- Place the brie on a metal baking sheet lined with parchment paper and drizzle with the caramelized pears. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until it starts to ooze but not melt. Transfer to a baking dish. Serve immediately with crackers.