Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Bloomin' Brie Bowl

Creamy baked Brie and this spice blend are a robust flavor combination that is sure to please. It makes a spectacular appetizer at any occasion.

Makes 8 servings.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Chili Powder
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Mustard, Ground
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 loaf round sourdough bread (about 1 pound)
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 round (8 ounces) Brie cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix spices and sugar in small bowl. Set aside. Place bread on baking sheet. Cut circle in top of bread and remove bread center to make room for the Brie.

2. Spread butter on bread. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of the spice mixture. With knife, make 2-inch cuts at 1-inch intervals around edge of bread. Remove rind from Brie and place in bread. Sprinkle Brie with remaining spice mixture. Replace top of bread.

3. Bake 20 to 30 minutes. To serve, remove bread top and break into bite size pieces.
Dip bread pieces in hot Brie.

per serving Calories: 263
Fat: 11 g
Carbohydrates: 30 g
Cholesterol: 32 mg
Sodium: 545 mg
Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 11 g


Champagne Cheddar Spread

Perfect for a holiday party, this lightly spiced sharp Cheddar spread is easy to make with just a little Champagne. Use white Cheddar cheese for an elegant appearance.

Makes 2 1/4 cups or 18 (2-tablespoon) servings.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Refrigerate: 2 hours

1 pound Cheddar cheese, cut into 1-inch chunks
4 ounces (1/2 package) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Champagne
1 teaspoon McCormick® Parsley Flakes
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Nutmeg, Ground
1/8 teaspoon McCormick® Red Pepper, Ground
1. Place all ingredients in food processor; cover. Process until smooth. Spoon into serving bowl. Cover.

2. Refrigerate at least 2 hours to allow flavors to blend. Let stand at room temperature to soften slightly. Serve with assorted cut-up vegetables, crackers or French bread slices.

per serving
Calories: 130
Fat: 11 g
Carbohydrates: 0 g
Cholesterol: 33 mg
Sodium: 180 mg
Fiber: 0 g
Protein: 6 g