Topped with a healthy mixture of fresh California Strawberries, this easy brie appetizer recipe will wow your holiday guests.
~by Regan Jones, RD of HealthyAperture.com
One of the best things about the holidays is all the fabulous food.
One of the worst things about the holidays is all the fabulous food.
Surely you know what I mean? That first time you bite into something amazing you haven’t tasted since last November, you stop to savor every bite. But by the time New Year’s rolls around you’re wondering if someone will have to roll you out the door!
The holidays can be especially stressful for people watching what they eat to manage diabetes. So many cakes, cookies and appetizers that don’t seem to fit for a healthy diet. That’s one of the reasons I’ve teamed up with my friends here at California Strawberries in honor of Diabetes Awareness Month to provide simple #strawberryswaps for an easy brie appetizer recipe that would normally be a no-no during holiday celebrations.
Today’s swap is a fun, less frivolous twist on a classic baked brie recipe. You know the one, right? Brie is coated in a thick, sugary fruit preserve mixture and then wrapped in puff pastry. It’s a deliciously easy brie appetizer, yes, but not exactly on the lighter side for healthy entertaining. A fruit and cheese tray would certainly be a simple, healthy swap to replace classic baked brie, but I’ve got something a bit more special — Strawberry Topped Brie.
By eliminating the puff pastry, I’ve trimmed both calories and fat. Yes, brie is still a rich cheese, but a little goes a long way and does provide a nice mix of protein and fat to help you feel full longer during all the holiday noshing. And by using the simple #strawberryswap of making the topping mixture a combo of fresh California Strawberries (which are naturally low in sugar) and only a couple of tablespoons of preserves, I’ve cut down on the overall sugar as well.
The cool thing about this idea (aside from how insanely beautiful it is and so simple to make) is that it’s a great way to wow friends with the health benefits of California Strawberries. November is not only Diabetes Awareness month, but it’s also National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month. So be sure to let guests know you’re serving up a dish with healthy strawberries — that the American Diabetes Association considers a top 10 superfood, and clinical research shows may benefit your mind!
I hope you enjoy this recipe and have a wonderful start to the holiday season.
Strawberry Topped Brie
1 tablespoon canola oil
½ cup chopped onion
½ teaspoon dried rosemary
Pinch of salt
1 cup California Strawberries, sliced
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
¼ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon strawberry preserves
1 round of brie, at room temperature or warmed slightly
Crackers and crostini
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute 5 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle with rosemary and salt; cook an additional 2 minutes. Add strawberries and saute 2 more minutes. Add in vinegar, orange juice and preserves, stirring well and cooking until thickened (about 10 minutes).
- Place brie on a small plate; remove strawberry mixture from stove and pour over brie. Serve with crackers or crostini.