Dinner doesn’t have to be fancy. Cheese and meat platters are one of our favorite summertime meals and I’m sharing our favorite recipe for maple pecan baked brie!
It’s time for another Cozy Home Series, started by my sweet friend, Jennifer from Town and Country Living. Each month we’ve shared something that we do or enjoy in our homes that creates a cozy environment. Summer time in our home is all about taking it easy. My son and I are not big fans of the hot temperatures we get here in Georgia this time of the year, so relaxing and staying cool is our game. Our meals change a bit in the summer time. When you’re fighting the heat the last thing you want to do is slave over a hot stove to get dinner on the table. One meal we’ve been enjoying this summer is simple meat & cheese trays. There’s nothing too fancy but we love them, so much in fact that we’ve been whipping them up at least once a week!
Our favorite combination:
Italian style meatballs. (We purchase ours pre-made from the fresh meat department.)
Smoked Gouda cheese
Havarti or aged cheddar cheese
Grapes, strawberries and or apple slices
Wheat Thins and or sliced french bread
Raspberry Jam for dipping
There’s so many delicious combinations. This particular list just happens to be our favorite. I always make sure to include Brie. It’s personally my favorite cheese with it’s super creamy goodness. We enjoy it just is and sometimes we spice it up by baking it and topping it off with something really delicious. I have several baked brie recipes I like to use but this Maple Pecan brie just might be at the top of my list and is always a crowd pleaser! One might say its more of a fall recipe, but I promise it’s just as good in the summer time.
Maple Pecan Baked Brie
- 8 oz. Brie cheese wheel
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tbsp. real maple syrup
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Place the brie wheel onto a small cookie sheet or baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
Once the brie has baked, remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
While the brie is cooling, Mix the cinnamon, maple syrup, and brown sugar in a small sauce pan and cook over low heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and mix in the pecans.
Place the brie on a plate or stand and pour pecan mixture over the brie. Serve immediately. If you prefer to eat brie without the rind, cut the top off of the brie before topping with the pecan mixture and serving.
You can use crackers, bread or apple slices for dipping.
This is one of those meals that you can enjoy in or outdoors. It’s a fun dinner to enjoy picnic style. If you saw my recent stories on IG, you saw us chowing down in our family room while enjoying a movie. After all that’s what summers are all about, right? I have a feeling you’ll love this recipe as much as we do! I hope you’re having a lovely summer so far and I hope you’ll stop by the blog of a couple friends of mine and see what they’re doing this summer to bring a little coziness into their homes!