Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Shabbat Luck: Part 1

Last Friday, we had a Pot-Luck Shabbat dinner. A few of us have been trying to get the young Jews (grad students/young professionals/etc.) of Eugene together for a while now, and our friend Marissa even started a Facebook group. I planned this event at our house for everyone to meet and get to know each other, etc. Andy and I feel that it's pretty hard to meet friendly young Jews in this town, so we wanted to make an effort to reach out.

Well, our experience on Friday confirmed that our feeling that it's hard to meet these people. At one point, we had about 10 people signed up to come. In the end, only Marissa and her boyfriend Daniel came...the 2 people that are even more gung-ho about this group than we are. It was totally fine though, because
1) We hadn't seen them in a while and it was great to catch up!
2) I just so happened to make waaay too much food, so even though it was supposed to be a pot luck, there was plenty for everyone.

Since I made a few different things, all worthy of their own posts, I'm going to break up the dishes into different posts. I'll start with the appetizer, baked brie. I used marionberry jam left over from our wedding gift bags for our out-of-town guests...yum.

The recipe I chose was this one from Simply Recipes.

Baked Brie Recipe

1 large sheet of puff pastry dough or 1 tube of refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 round or wedge of Brie cheese
Raspberry Jam, or other sweet jam
Brown sugar
1/4 cup of maple syrup

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2 On a stick-free cookie sheet, lay out the puff pastry or the crescent rolls flat; put brie round or wedge on top.
2 Spread jam on brie, fold dough over top. Drizzle maple syrup and place a handful of brown sugar on top.
3 Bake at 350ยบ for 25 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with crackers and apple slices.

It was so, so good. We all ruined our dinner 5 times over and had to take a big break before the meal. We ate almost the whole thing between the 4 of us. Like the recipe suggested, I served it with crackers and apple slices. Next time, I might slice up a baguette and serve that too. I will definitely, definitely make this again, though next time I will line the baking sheet with foil...it was messy! I can't wait to experiment with different flavors of jam. Overall, it was super impressive and delicious, but best of all it was easy. It took literally 2 minutes to throw it together, then you just let it bake for a while. Highly recommend!

1 comment:

NSmith said...

I am making it now!!!!!!! Can't wait to indulge.

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