There are few things in life more perfect than a Friday or Saturday evening spent on the back deck with a drink in hand.
It’s one of my happy places.
Typically it’s more of an “appy” hour for us, with a delicious bite or two to accompany our conversation and drinks.
This past Saturday night I was craving cheese. But I didn’t want to be boring with a cheese plate.
And we had some blueberries in the fridge that needed to be used.
And Big Guy was determined to use a jalapeno fresh from the garden.
Taking a lead from a recipe I saw in Southern Living, I came up with a baked brie and blueberry appetizer.
In a small bowl, I tossed 1/2 to 1 cup (a huge handful) of blueberries with 2 tablespoons pepper jelly, a good squeeze of spicy mustard, 1/2 of a jalapeno (minced), salt and pepper.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cut the top rind off the brie round (I used an 8 ounce round, preferably one that comes in the wooden box). Place the cheese back in the box and set on a baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes. Add the blueberry mixture to the top of the brie and bake for 5 more minutes or until the cheese is melting.
This appetizer is perfection! Salty, sweet, a little spicy, cheesy and the blueberries pop in your mouth.
Paired perfectly with Mumm Rose Champagne.
And a side of conversation.