Chipotle-cranberry sauce is the perfect topping for baked brie! Add a little honey and lemon zest, then serve with apples, bread, and pecans.
When I was a kid, my mom and dad used to plan all sorts of outings for my three sisters and me.
Lots of times they hit home runs, but sometimes the planned activities led to more whining, complaining, and tortured adolescent facial expressions than happy memories.
One such occasion was when they took us to a cranberry museum.
We had been enjoying a little vacation to the Washington coast, and on the way home my mom wanted to stop by the “Pacific Coast Cranberry Research Foundation Museum and Gift Shop.” (<– this is still a real thing)
My sisters and I exchanged wary looks with each other in the back of the van, but knew better than to say anything about how incredibly freakin’ boring that sounded.
The museum housed a few posters on the walls about the history of the berry, as well as some information about the industry production cycle (from bog to stores!).
We were probably only there for forty-five minutes, but at the time it seemed like we were there for HOURS.
I cannot even begin to explain how underwhelming this museum was to four adolescent girls.
To this day, whenever my mom suggests family outings we all tease her by making sure that we aren’t going to another cranberry museum.
Oddly enough, now that I’m a food-obsessed adult, I’d totally go check out that cranberry museum again.
This time of year, you can even go watch the harvest as they flood the bog. FASCINATING!
More and more I find myself truly enjoying things that seemed like torture as a kid.
- Long drives through the countryside
- Yard work
- Documentary films
- Dinner parties
Okay, so about that last one. As a kid, I always felt a bit like a von-trap when my parents had guests over. It was all about behaving, watching from afar, and going to bed early.
Now, I see why kids are obligated to do such things during dinner parties. #winetime
With the holidays coming up, I’m gearing up for my favorite dinner party of the year: Friendsgiving!
My family always has a traditional Thanksgiving dinner together, but I also love to spend time with friends in the weeks before turkey-day.
Having a Friendsgiving dinner is the perfect way to make it happen!
As with most things in my life, parties are all about the food. I love a show-stopper appetizer, and since it’s officially cranberry season I thought it would be perfect to make a jewel-toned sauce to top some baked brie.
Cranberries are delicious in both sweet and savory applications, so for this sauce I added both sugar and some minced chipotle peppers! It sounds crazy, but it is SO good with the oozing cheese, dripping honey, and crisp apple slices.
If you have extra cranberries, use a few for decorations, then pop the rest in the freezer for future cranberry emergencies.
Here’s Your Recipe!
- 1 (16-ounce) round brie
- 2 cups whole cranberries, rinsed
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 small dried chipotle pepper, de-seeded and minced
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Zest from one lemon
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the brie on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in the pre-heated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, until soft.
- Meanwhile, place the cranberries, water, sugar, and chipotle pepper in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes, until the berries have softened and the sauce is thick.
- Top the baked brie with the honey, followed by the cranberry mixture and lemon zest. Serve with an assortment of nuts, bread, and sliced apples for dipping.
Amount Per ServingCalories 55 Carbohydrates 15g
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Special thanks to the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network for sponsoring my participation the the #CookWithCranberries campaign!