Deep Fried Brie

Deep Fried Brie is one of my old time favourite appetizers that I used to order in restaurants whilst I lived in Europe.

Since I have been living here in South Florida, I have not seen or come across it in any restaurant, so every once in a while, I like bringing back the old memories and at the same time, making the hubby and the kiddos happy.

Its amazing how a simple dish, with only a couple of ingredients, can delight our palates in such a way!

Serves 4 – For this dish you will need:

Get 2 medium size bowls, in one beat up both eggs and add a dash of salt and pepper. In the other put about  1 1/2 cups of breadcrumbs, you can always top it up if you need more.

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Grab the wheel of cheese and cut it into 8 equal pieces

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Dunk one piece at a time in the egg mixture, then cover it in breadcrumbs, pat it down to make sure they stick and then repeat the same again (each piece will go through the egg and breadcrumbs twice).

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Once you are done with all 8 pieces, place to the side and get a small casserole and add the vegetable oil till its about 1 1/2 inches deep and turn the heat on high, and while the oil is warming up, place the cranberry sauce in a microwavable bowl, add a tablespoon of water and microwave for about a minute.

Mix the sauce and once you get a runnier consistency, spread a nice bed of sauce on each plate.

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Now that the oil is hot, turn the heat down to medium (don’t want to burn your breadcrumbs) and place 2 pieces at a time and remove them as soon as they turn a nice golden colour.

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Place 2 pieces of brie on each plate, garnish your plate with whatever you have at hand, I used Rosemary as I have the biggest bush outside 🙂 , but a touch of green makes for a nice contrast with the bright cranberry colour on the plate.

Serve with slices of french baguette and dig in, you will see it disappears as soon as it hits the plate! What the hubby would call, finger licking good ❤

Guava Croissant Cheesecake

If you live in South Florida, you must have tried the fabulous Cream Cheese Guava pastelitos that are a staple in the Cuban bakeries but can be found all over the place.

So with that said, I decided to give those pastelitos a little twist and turn them into a delectable easy to make Croissant Cheesecake.

Here is what you will need:

Place the cream cheese in a bowl and leave it there until its soft enough to whip (if you are impatient as I am, you can microwave it for 30 seconds). Add the 1 cup of sugar and using an electric beater, beat away until its nice and creamy.

Heat the oven to 350 Deg F

Grab a baking tray and place a sheet of parchment paper, roll out the first can of crescent dinner tolls and join the seams and  you will end up with a nice rectangle.

Evenly spread 3/4 of the jar of guava jelly on the pastryIMG_2263

Gently place the whipped cream cheese on top and and spread evenly

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Then open the other can, spread it out on a flat surface, join all the seams and place on top to seal the deal 🙂

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Melt the 1/2 stick of butter and pour on top and then sprinkle the 1/4 cup of sugar

Place in preheated oven for 30 minutes

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You can serve it warm with a nice dollop of vanilla ice cream, or you can place it in the fridge overnight, cut into squares or strips of desired size and serve it cold as a lovely afternoon tea snack.

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Enjoy 🙂

Escargot – Easy simple and delish!

Everyone that likes Escargot has usually either had it on a cruise, or at a nice restaurant!

What if I tell you, you can make these at home in just a few easy steps, its simple and of course finger-licking delicious 🙂

For this you are going to need (makes 2 servings):

snails

  • 1 can of snails (with no shell) – I used Maitre Jacques escargot, there are 12 snails in a can
  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) – softened
  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped cilantro or parsley (use your favourite), I am a cilantro lover ❤
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • a splash of brandy
  • 2 tbsp grated onion
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Puff Pastry and or french baguette

Preheat oven to 350 Deg F

So lets start by making the best part which is the herb garlic butter! Whip up the butter a bit and then add the cilantro, garlic, onion, salt, pepper and brandy and mix well. Then place in the fridge for a little bit so that it starts to solidify again.

Herb Butter

Now its time to put this together, open the can of snails, drain them out and put them to the side.

Dishes and snails

Grab your escargot dishes (easily available on Amazon) or if you don’t have any use a mini cupcake baking tray or if worst comes to worst use a small shallow oven proof dish.

more snails with butter

Remove the herb garlic butter from the fridge, and place half a teaspoon of the butter at the bottom of each dimple, then place a snail and top it up with a full teaspoon of the same.

Puff pastry

Remove the puff pastry from the package, you will just need 1 sheet, and with a shot glass, cut out 12 perfect circles (1 for each snail of course)

Place the escargot dishes on a baking sheet and place the puff pastry circles on the same baking sheet. You could bake them straight on the snails but they tend to fall off while they are puffing up, so its easier to bake them separately and then just gently place them on top with you are ready to serve them 🙂

parmesan cheese

Generously, sprinkle grated parmesan cheese on the snails before placing them in the over and bake for aprox 20 minutes. Remove the puff pastry from the sheet and then broil the snails till they get a nice colour for about 5 minutes

Carefully remove from oven, the dishes will be piping hot!

final result

Gently place the puff pastry on each and serve with extra sliced french baguette if needed as you will for sure want to scoop up all that delicious herb garlic butter !!!!!

Now its time to pour a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy!