Baked Brie with Spicy Cranberry Sauce

From the December/January 2018 of Eat Drink Mississippi

 

Wheel of brie cheese

1 pound of fresh or frozen cranberries

1 cup water

2 apples (sweet variety such as Gala), peeled, cored, and diced

1 orange, zested, peeled, and diced

1/2 cup golden raisins

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Toasted bread or crackers

Place the cranberries and water in large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Summer for about five minutes until berries begin to pop. 

Add the apples, orange and zest, raisins, jalapeno, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and summer on medium low for about 30 minutes. 

Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool. Transfer the mixture to a blender and blend to desired consistency - you can leave it slightly chunky or puree it until it is the consistency of a jam. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the brie on a foil lined baking sheet or in a cheese baker. Bake the brie for 12-14 minutes. Allow it to cool for about five minutes. 

Drizzle the cranberry sauce over the brie. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. 

Serve with toasted bread or crackers. 

Make ahead: the spicy cranberry sauce can be made several days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. Reheat the sauce on the stove or in the microwave before serving. 

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