Cranberry and Pecan Baked Brie

Just as we say good bye to the holidays it seems we enter into another party season. January and February are filled with things like award shows and the Super Bowl as well as other events. The internet is all abuzz with the latest trends in party planning and appetizers. I do love finding new party foods but I have learned my lesson about trying too many new things for the one event. So for me I find it is important to have a selection of standard tried and true recipes that I can default to for parties. And one of those recipes is my baked Brie. This recipe is an old standard for me and it is also a big food weakness of mine. I actually have to limit this to a party to make sure I don’t overindulge. This simple dish is easy to prepare and is a real crowd pleaser. It is great with fresh bread or crackers.

What is your simple, go to appetizer for parties?

Cranberry and Pecan Baked Brie

1 round Brie cheese
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
3 Tbsp cranberry sauce
handful of chopped pecans

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Turkey and Stuffing Pasty #SundaySupper

When we started making our move to the UK I have to confess I thought we wouldn’t be celebrating things like Thanksgiving any more. It isn’t a holiday here so I guess I just assumed we would let it slip by. But I was so happy to be embraced by a loving family here who were more then excited to include an American holiday into their lives. It has remind me what the true meaning of Thanksgiving is. A time to be thankful for what we have been blessed with in our lives. And I can’t even begin to tell you how grateful I am that I have married into the Hunter family. It isn’t often that you can say that you are best friends with your mother-in-law.

This Sunday Supper we are inspiring you with amazing ideas of what to do with Holiday leftovers. So in celebration of the merging of this American holiday with my British family I wanted to make a dish that resembled this merger by making a Thanksgiving pasty.

This pasty (a traditional English hand held pie,) is such a perfect blend of holiday food but in a different form to my usual sandwiches. And it was so simple to put together since I used pre-made pastry. I hope you give it a try this year. And don’t forget to take a moment out of the usual madness of the holiday and focus on the people (or pets) that bless your life. Even during the hardest times in our lives if we stop to think about it we can find things we are thankful for. So this year I want to say publicly that I am so thankful for my UK family. Thank you for making my move to another country, away from my family, one that has been filled with so much joy.

Turkey and Stuffing Pasty

500g pack shortcrust pastry
200g (1 c.) cold, cooked leftover turkey, chopped
236g (1 c.) cold, leftover stuffing
59mL (1/4 c.) gravy
2 tbsp cranberry sauce
1 free-range egg, beaten to glaze

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