This is the first chance I had to make this year’s December post. My name is Jack, Lisa’s husband, and I usually work behind the scenes at Newport Foodies, except for last month where I created the new user-friendly, recipe focused Thanksgiving blog. Lisa really appreciated all of the positive feedback we received about the new format. She appreciated it so much that all of our future blogs will be in this new format and I will now be front and present at Newport Foodies, creating more content for all of you to view.
With this being said, I must now apologize to all of you. You may have noticed that you did not receive your 2017 December and New Years Eve posts from Newport Foodies. We were in the process of creating the content for the blog posts when an unforeseen circumstance happened; Lisa was in an automobile accident. She is in pain and recovering, but it will take some time for her to get back on track.
Some of you may not know, but my loving wife creates all of these recipes on her own. She makes up these recipes in her head usually a day before we film. Yes, she is extremely creative and talented! She also loves exclamation points!! Sometimes this can be a flashpoint for an augment during the writing process, but hey what can I say, she is excited about food!!!
So please bear with us during this Holiday Season and take a look at the below Holiday Blog from last year. We will be up and running with a new post in February of 2018 – just in time for your Valentine’s Day Celebration.
Happy holidays from our family to yours – Jack
Repost: 2017 New Years Eve Baked Brie and Signature Cocktail
It’s already New Years Eve, where did this year go? I feel like I just jumped from life event to life event this year and barely had a moment to savor any of the good times. It is time for me to slow down and take it easy tonight, with the most simple but spectacular appetizer and cocktail combo that will wow any New Years Eve guest.
Baked Brie with Apricot Preserves and Pecans
This baked brie is so incredibly simple that literally anyone can pull it off. It starts with a couple of ingredients that you can get at any grocery store
- Large, 8 1/2″ Brie
- 1/4 Cup Apricot Preserves
- 1 Cup Chopped Pecans
- Whole Pecans for Garnish
- Course Kosher Salt
- Crackers, Bread, Pita Chips, Vegetables, or any other dippable items
Unwrap your brie from the wax packaging. Place a large piece of tin foil into a 9″ diameter baking dish and place your brie on top of the foil.
Evenly coat your brie with about a 1/4 cup of your apricot preserves. I like to use apricot preserves because of its tartness but you can use any type of jam that you prefer.
Add a layer of chopped pecans around the top of your brie and arrange whole pecans into any shape that you would like. Finally, sprinkle the top with a healthy tablespoon of course kosher salt.
Place your baking dish over another piece of tinfoil that is large enough to fold up over the entire thing.
Fold the tinfoil up over the brie, making sure to not let any of the foil touch the top of the brie. Crimp the edges of the foil together to keep the heat in. Pop the whole thing into a 375 degree oven for 40-50 minutes until the brie is ooey gooey and very runny.
Absolutely amazing. You can pull back the foil and serve the brie straight from the baking dish or move it to a serving platter.
This brie dish is so simple but looks and tastes like it was made by a gourmet chef. It also travels well: make and bake the brie ahead of time and just pop it into your party host’s oven for 5-10 minutes to warm it back up before serving. If your serving a small group you can use a small brie and reduce ingredients accordingly. You can also prepare three smaller bries and rotate them from fridge to oven to table as the brie is finished so that you always have warm brie and don’t risk wasting any uneaten food.
2016 Signature Cocktail: Sparkling Greyhound Martini
Are you ready to become a professional bartender? Because all of your friends will think you are after you serve them our 2016 Signature Cocktail. This mix of fresh citrus, vodka, and prosecco gives this cocktail a unique and delicious flavor that you will not want to stop drinking. Be careful of this, because these bad boys are strong!
- Juice of 5 Grapefruits, about a 1/4 cup of juice per cocktail
- 1 Bottle of good Italian Prosecco
- Kettle One Vodka- one shot per glass
- Zest of One Lemon
- Colored Sugars for Rim (optional)
Begin by juicing your grapefruits into a thin plastic or paper bowl and place into your freezer for 45 minutes, or until the juice has the consistency of a slushy. Fluff up your mixture with a spoon or fork when you are ready to put your cocktails together.
Place your colored sugar in a dish that has a surface area that is larger than your glass. Dip the rim of your martini glass into your grapefruit slush then dip into your sugar, rolling the rim into the sugar to get an even coat.
To assemble your cocktails: start with one shot of Kettle One vodka and pour into your glass.
Add 5-6 tablespoons of your grapefruit slush to your vodka.
Fill your martini glass to the top with prosecco.
Zest a lemon and top each of your drinks with a pinch of zest for color.
And that is it! Seriously easy and seriously delicious. Whether you are entertaining at home or heading to a party, these recipes are sure to wow.
I hope that your New Year celebration is full of laughter, champagne, and fun. May 2017 bring you tons of good fortune and good recipes. My January post will be all about beating the middle-of-winter blues with a boozy brunch with gal pals. Stay tuned!