Bacon, Baked Brie and Cranberry Holiday Melts
A Fitting Snack for Holiday Festivities
(Family Features) The to-do list for holiday hosts seems to be a never-ending
one, starting with planning, guest lists and preparation then ending with goodbyes
and cleanup. The hours of work that go into a festive get-together are almost always
worth it in the end, and family members surely appreciate the hospitality –
especially when it comes to food.
When hosting for the holidays, it can be a challenge to accommodate all of your
guests’ favorite tastes while factoring in dietary preferences and restrictions.
Building out a balanced menu, like other parts of hosting, starts with devising
a thought-out plan.
To help accomplish this task without cooking up personal dishes for everybody
in the house, consider these simple tips:
- Request that guests RSVP. Assuming you have a basic understanding
of which friends and family members adhere to special diets, knowing exactly
who is coming can be a major help before heading to the store.
- Think back to past festivities. Try to remember which dishes
were hits at last year’s party, and which ones were hardly touched. Maybe
the appetizers that disappeared in a flash will be good ideas to repeat this
- Create dishes that fit (almost) everyone. While you can’t
control guests’ flavor preferences, it is possible to whip up snack trays,
main courses, desserts and more that fit a multitude of dietary restrictions.
For example, these Bacon, Baked Brie and Cranberry Holiday Melts feature Crunchmaster
Multi-Grain Crackers for a gluten-free, non-GMO, low-sugar, tasty crunch. Because
they’re made with wholesome ingredients, these simple snacks are crafted
to fit nearly every healthy lifestyle. Plus, if multiple family members adhere
to vegetarian lifestyles, you can simply omit the bacon.
- Add “warning” labels. Despite your best efforts,
it can be nearly impossible to create foods every single person can enjoy. If
you make a dish containing a common allergen, such as peanuts, simply place
a card next to the bowl, tray, plate or pan that informs guests of the ingredients included.
- 24 Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers, Sea Salt flavor
- 24 small slices Brie cheese
- 1/4 cup prepared cranberry sauce
- 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Heat broiler to high and position rack in center of oven.
- Arrange crackers in single layer on foil-lined baking sheet.
- Top each cracker with slice of Brie, 1/2 teaspoon cranberry sauce and sprinkle
- Broil for 1-2 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
Prep time: 10 min | Cook time: 5 min | Yield: 24
The Brie can be assembled a few days in advance, refrigerated and baked just
before serving. Try using sliced almonds or walnuts instead of pecans if you do
not like pecans. In place of a pie plate, a 10-inch cast-iron skillet works well,
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Tip: For vegetarian option, substitute chopped hickory-smoked almonds or pecans
Nutritional information per serving: 200 calories; 13 g fat; 7 g saturated
fat; 45 mg cholesterol; 350 mg sodium; 11 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 4 g sugar;
10 g protein
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