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Today’s recipe is a twofer.
The first recipe, nutty fried brie, is a perfect party appetizer.
Nutty, warm, oozing with deliciousness.
Then, be sure to save yourself a few wedges to use atop a winter fruit salad the next day.
I suppose you could use any kinds of nuts for this recipe, but I really like making it with Planter’s Winter Spicde Mix, which includes honey roasted peanuts, almonds, honey roasted sesame sticks, cashews and pecans. It’s a wonderful salty-sweet combination.
We picked up a can at Walmart, plus some other limited edition Planter’s flavors for holiday gifts. Nuts are a favorite stocking stuffer in our house, and I know my dad is going to love the Brittle Nut Medley, and my husband has claimed the Cocoa Almonds as a workday snack.
These nuts are great for snacking, but they also are great for recipes.
If you’re throwing a holiday party, you’re going to want to make some of this nutty fried brie.
- 1 8-ounce wheel brie cheese
- 1 cup Planter's Holiday Spiced Mix
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- vegetable oil
- Freeze brie for 30 minutes.
- Pulse nuts in a food processor until finely ground.
- Transfer to a plate or shallow bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs.
- Measure flour into a third bowl.
- Remove brie from freezer and cut into 16 wedges.
- Dip brie wedges into egg, coating on all sides. Then dredge in flour.
- Dip in egg once again and dip into nuts, coating on all sides.
- Put nut-crusted wedges on a plate lined with wax paper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes or longer.
- Pour about inch or two of vegetable oil into a shallow pan over medium-high heat.
- When oil is hot, fry brie wedges in small batches, turning to cook on all sides, until golden brown.
- Work quickly, as it does not take long at all for the brie to brown.
- Remove and drain on paper towels.
- Serve warm as appetizers or over a winter fruit salad.
As much as I love this as a party food, I think this nut-crusted brie may be even better when served atop a winter fruit salad with a citrus viniagrette.
I had this for lunch last week, and it made me feel so fancy!
The recipe below should make enough for two entree salads, plus you’ll probably have dressing and fruit leftover.
- mixed salad greens
- 1 apple, thinly sliced
- 1 orange, peeled and sliced
- 1 pear, thinly sliced
- ½ red onion, thinly sliced
- pomegranate seeds
- Planter's Winter Spiced Mix nuts
- Nutty Fried Brie (See accompanying recipe)
- ¾ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
- ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
- salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Arrange mixed salad greens on a plate.
- Arrange apple, pear, orange and onion slices atop greens.
- Top with 2 wedges of warm fried brie.
- Sprinkle nuts and pomegranate sees over the salad.
- Drizzle with citrus viniagrette dressing.
- Combine oil oil, vinegar, lemon juice, orange juice, zest, salt and pepper in a mason jar.
- Seal jar tightly and shake until dressing is emulsified.
- Store leftover dressing in the refrigerator.
If you can’t make the brie at the same time as you’re serving your salad, you may prepare it ahead of time and reheat it. I recommend reheating it in the oven so the nut crust retains its crispiness.
If you use the microwave, it won’t have the same yummy crunch.
If you’re nuts for nuts like we are, be sure to check out the fun Planter’s Blippar app for your smartphone, which is available at iTunes or the Google Play store.
Just use your phone to scan the in-store Planter’s holiday sleigh display or package to launch additional content.
The Blippar app gives you access to holiday gift, serving and recipe ideas from Planter’s.
But our favorite feature, hands down, was the ability to take a selfie with Mr. Peanut.
Here’s my hubby hanging on the sofa with Mr. Peanut.
Mr. Peanut and Jackson met on the porch and grabbed their skates for a little winter fun on the ice!
Me? I hung at home and had a salad and spent some time exploring the Cooking Up Good website looking for more recipes and coupons. The site also has sweepstakes, loyalty programs and more. It’s definitely worth checking out.