Hi there friends! I hope you’re having a great week. I can’t believe tomorrow is the first day of September… where did August go?! It seems like every year when the calendar strikes 9/1, I blink and it’s Christmas. But before we start talking about Christmas, we have Labor Day this weekend; the unofficial end of summer and often may be the last cookout of the year (for those of us living in colder climates). Today I’m sharing one of my go-to appetizers, Baked Brie with Maple Glazed Walnuts. This app is effortlessly chic and always a crowd-pleaser. It’s perfect for your Labor Day party, or Christmas or anything in between!
I’ve tried topping my baked brie with a variety of nuts, but after trying it with California walnuts that’s what I’ve stuck with. I love the depth of flavor and creamy texture of walnuts and really love that that they rich in omega-3’s, protein and fiber. I think it’s always nice to have h’ors d’oeuvres that can satisfy in case guests come hungry! I mean, I love a veggie tray as much as the next gal, but it’s not going to keep my stomach from embarrassing me with its loud growling all night, right?!
Making the maple glazed walnuts is super easy… I start by giving them a rough chop and then stirring them with maple syrup. I highly recommend using a silicone utensil for stirring so you don’t get a gooey mess to clean up (technical term).
The syrup eventually starts to bubble and gradually evaporates and I’m left with crunchy little bites of delight! When I make this appetizer, I go ahead and make the full bag of walnuts (even though I only need about a half cup for the baked brie). More on that later…
Ok let’s do this!
- 8 oz. wheel of Brie cheese
- ½ cup California walnuts
- 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
- Dash of salt
- Dash of pepper
- Assorted crackers
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Place brie on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
- Once brie has baked for about 10 minutes, add walnuts, maple syrup, salt and pepper to a small skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring very frequently until syrup has evaporated.
- Allow brie to cool for a few minutes, transfer to serving dish and spoon maple glazed walnuts on top. Serve immediately with assorted crackers, apple slices or baguette.
Thinking about this recipe just cued my stomach growls, luckily no one is here to hear it. 😉
If you want to make a big batch of the maple glazed walnuts (which I highly recommend), there are just a couple of adjustments to the above recipe:
Increase walnuts to 3 cups, maple syrup to ¾ cup, salt to ¼ teaspoon and heat in a large skillet. For the large batch, it takes about 5 – 8 more minutes for the syrup evaporate. For the rest of the glazed walnuts not used for the baked brie, spread them out in a single layer on a sheet of parchment and allow to cool completely. It’s totally ok to leave them out until the party is over. Separate clusters with your hands or a utensil.
Store in an air-tight container for up to 3 months. These are perfect as a salad topper, mixed in with yogurt parfaits or just as a snack! I’m going to be the Oprah of walnuts at Christmas. If you get one from me, you can act surprised. 😉
What’s your favorite way to enjoy walnuts? Heads up for my local friends: buy your walnuts before mid-December, otherwise my dad will wipe out all inventory in Columbus and surrounding areas to make his annual gazillion batches of fudge for Christmas!
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