Baked Brie with Pecans andPears – Originally posted in November 2016
Baked Brie with Pecans and Pears is honestly the only way I have prepared Baked Brie in the past couple of years. The pears, pecans, cinnamon and maple syrup are the perfect flavors for the fall and into the winter months. It is super easy to take as an appetizer to someone’s house, or to prepare for a date night in. All you need is Brie, maple syrup, pecans, pears, and cinnamon.
If you love Brie and don’t yet have a Brie baking dish, I highly recommend one. I have found it makes it super easy for transport. After the Brie is done cooking, I pull it out of the oven, leave it covered in the baking dish, and wrap it up in a big thick towel. That way I can carry it to the car without burning myself, plus it keeps it warm and melty for when I get to my close destination. You can also wait to cook it until you get to your destination, and just leave it uncooked in the Brie dish with the toppings already on. I suppose whichever way you choose depends on if you are planning on enjoying it right away and how far you are traveling. But either way, I feel like a Brie dish makes it so much easier. If you don’t have one, this is the one that I have and cherish: https://www.crateandbarrel.com/brie-baking-dish/s672630
If you are looking for more easy appetizers, try my Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip. It’s so simple and delicious that you may never be able to enjoy store bought spinach artichoke dip again.
Baked Brie with Pecans and Pears
1 Wheel of Brie ~7 oz
1/3 Cup Chopped Pecans
1 Pear – Cored and Diced (about 1 cup)
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Pure Maple Syrup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray small sauté pan with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Sauté pears and pecans in pan with cinnamon and maple syrup on medium heat, stirring off and on for about 5 min, or until pears and pecans are warm and fragrant. Place Brie in a Brie baking dish, top with pear and pecan topping and cover with lid. Cook in oven for ~10-15 minutes.
A few weeks ago I made some spinach chickpea fritters and froze the leftovers. I could have just gobbled them down even though I was no longer hungry, because they were delish, but I am so glad I chose to freeze them instead. I am a huge proponent of making things ahead of time and freezing them (you kinda have to when you work full time, have over an hour long commute and a ten month old), and my frozen foods have come to the rescue several times over the past month.
Anyways, I am super happy I froze some of my spinach chickpea fritters because we spent last week in the hospital (baby v had bronchiolitis and pneumonia but is doing great now) and came home very tired to a house with a limited food selection. I searched through the freezer looking for something easy to feed baby v (I did not want to have to run to the grocery store) and was ecstatic when I found a tupperware full of my spinach chickpea fritters. Now I know what your thinking….is she posting a recipe for babies? Yes and no. This is a recipe for everyone. It does work great for babies because the patties are easy to pick up, and they contain iron from the chickpeas and spinach, which growing babies need a lot of. However, they also make a healthy, delicious and good looking appetizer for adults. It’s a win-win for all!
These spinach chickpea fritters are incredibly easy. Basically you blend and mix everything together and then plop the batter down on a parchment paper lined pan, add a little olive oil, and pop them into the oven. And the only thing I really had to clean afterwards was my blender and a few measuring instruments. These fritters are also super customizable. You can use this recipe as a template and switch out different flavors and spices. I’m thinking next time maybe adding some cumin or curry, or maybe even experiment with adding some feta.
Spinach Chickpea Fritters
1-16 oz Can Reduced Sodium Garbanzo Beans
1 Cup Raw Baby Spinach
4 Tablespoons Almond Flour
1/4 Teaspoon Baking powder
1 or 2 Cloves Chopped Fresh Garlic
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add beans and garlic to food processor or good blender and pulse until well blended. Add egg and spinach and continue to blend until you get a uniform green mixture. Remove blade from blender and stir in baking powder and flour. You should have a pasty green mixture that smells garlicky. The mixture should be too thin to roll into balls but thick enough to plop on a pan without running. Line baking pan with parchment paper and use a spoon to scoop out 12 large fritters in the baking sheet. Lightly brush or drizzle with olive oil and bake for 15-20 min. Turn on broil and broil for another minute or so until edges brown slightly.
*And if you need some dip just mix the ingredients below…
1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoon Parsley or Dill
Dash of Ground Black Pepper
Looking for more spinach recipes? Try my Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip… it is so easy and delicious you may not be able to eat the store bought version again.
Hi, my name is Caryn, and I am a registered dietitian nutritionist in Miami, Florida. I was born and raised in Ohio and have 2 girls under the age of 5. I am a busy working mom who used to have an hour long commute to work, so I know how hard keeping up with healthy habits can be. I am a lazy cook, so I hate overly complicated recipes and doing dishes. Just toss everything in one pot....right?