What you’ll need:
-Ritz crackers (I used the Ritz Snowflake holiday crackers)
-brie cheese (a wheel or log of brie)
-preserves, marmalade, jelly, or sauce of your choice
Start with a Ritz cracker as the base. Lay a thin slice or chunk of brie cheese on the top of the cracker, then spoon a dollop of topping (your choice flavor) onto the cheese.
The topping: Since brie has such a mild flavor, I like to use a Hot Pepper Jelly to make the taste a little more robust. If you are serving these to kids or to people who don't like spicy things, I also love them with Apricot Preserves. In the picture, I served them with a sauce I found called Hot Pepper Raspberry Chipotle Sauce. When serving a crowd, just use a few different toppings and they'll be something for everyone.
I've made these with both a log and a wheel of brie cheese. They both will taste the same but they each have their positives and drawbacks. The log of brie generally has a stiffer edible rind (but that will peel away easily enough if you don't wish to include it on the cracker). Slicing the log is easiest to do right out of the fridge using a sharp thin blade. You will get more uniform slices of cheese when you slice right off the log because of its shape (which is the perfect size for the cracker).
All in all, these appetizers are super simple, quick to prepare, and taste great!
From my pink kitchen to yours,
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