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Are you familiar with the Halloween tradition of booing the neighbors? It’s a fun game where you anonymously leave a Halloween treat on a neighbor’s doorstep and encourage them to pay it forward by booing someone else.
I’m adding a little twist to the tradition by surprising a lucky neighbor with all the fixings they’ll need for a quick and tasty gourmet dinner.
Who wouldn’t want to come home to find this treat waiting for them: a pumpkin gift box filled with soup mix, bread, Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon and all the ingredients for a delicious baked brie recipe.
I was inspired to put this gift basket together after seeing specially marked bottles of Robert Mondavi Private Selection wine that come with a “You’ve Been Hallo-wined” tag and a recipe for Mummy’s Mulled Wine. (Now through November 30, 2015, you’ll also find instant redeemable coupons and mail-in rebates on specially marked bottles.)
When putting together this Hallo-Wine treat, I thought of what could make a busy mom’s life easier on a hectic fall day.
A quick dinner in the box would make my day any day. So I collected all the fixings: soup mix, French bread and the ingredients for a fancy but quick baked brie appetizer.
And a bottle of wine, of course!
This baked brie recipe is always a hit at parties. It’s one of those recipes that is part of my party toolkit. It’s always on the menu, just like my fried wontons.
It tastes awesome with its mix of brie, cranberries, apples and almonds, with a hint of brown sugar. It comes together quickly, too, just 5 minutes to to prep and 10-15 minutes to bake.
I like to serve it with hearty French bread, tart apple slices and crackers.
For the HalloWINE gift basket, I measured out the almonds, brown sugar and cranberries and put them in a pretty jar inside the gift basket. I even included the required amount of butter, wrapped in a bit of parchment.
This is a full-service neighbor gift!
Here’s the baked brie recipe, so you can make it for your next party or treat the neighbors.
- 1 wheel of brie cheese
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- ½ Granny Smith apple, finely chopped
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Slice the brie in half horizontally, as if you were cutting a bagel.
- Combine apple, cranberries, sliced almonds, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
- Pour in the melted butter and stir to combine.
- Place half of the brie, rind side down in a brie baker, skillet or small baking dish.
- Top with half of the apple mixture, then top with the other half of the brie, rind side up.
- Spoon the rest of the apple mixture onto the top of the brie and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until cheese begins to melt.
- Serve with apple slices, hearty bread and crackers
This nutty, slightly sweet brie appetizer pairs quite nicely with red or white wine, like Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon and Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay.
You know I had to do a taste test!
I guess it’s back to the store for another bottle and more brie for the neighbors!
Be sure to pin this baked brie recipe for all your holiday parties. I predict you’ll make it again and again!
Love brie? Here are some more recipes you might enjoy.