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
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 350º 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!