Yes, this recipe only has 4 ingredients and is superb for entertaining or a night of Netflix and Ambien.
This year for my friend Pepper’s Christmas Party I took two killer breads that only took minutes to make. I didn’t tell him that and he doesn’t need to know. Luckily for me none of my friends read anything here, so he won’t find out.
I’m going to be honest I was a bit pissed off before the party even started and I’ll tell you why. Every year Pepper puts out a fabulous spread of goodies. Well, this year some asshole suggested Pepper take it easy on himself and make it a potluck. While I was looking forward to taking it easy on myself and just sitting back and shoving food and booze down my gullet. Now I have to make something. Thanks whoever you are.
My only hope is I don’t find out who this son of a bitch is, especially after I’ve had my limit of cocktails.
Which is usually two nowadays. One more thing age has taken away from me.
I took two of my bread braids to test them out. The Pear, Brie and Prosciutto was the clear winner for the night and by a landslide. It got devoured within minutes. While the gorgonzola and caramelized onion bread sat there unwanted and alone like the ugly guy on the couch that nobody wanted to talk too. Sad for both, really.
This year just like every year, Pepper’s Christmas Party was a huge success. With tons of food, an endless supply of laughter and enough booze to wipe out the nights memory. This year I didn’t break anything in the house which I’m quite proud of. I do have the feeling though that he is on to the fact that I treat his bathroom like a Sephora as I couldn’t locate any products. The potluck idea was actually a genius idea as the spread of food was spectacular. There was some kind of enchilada looking thing in a white sauce that was delicious.
When the food was whisked away to make room for dessert is when the party actually got better. Dessert and most people had left for the night. Two of my favorite things about a party. Pepper’s upstairs neighbor made Brigadeiro. Which comes in at #3 as to why I love Brazil. Brigadeiro is a Brazilian delicacy that you must try. Pepper’s neighbor nailed it too. They were spot on. Absolutely perfect. Which kinda made me not like her because I’ve tried to make Brigadeiro and ruined it each time. I don’t want to talk about it.
The worst part about Pepper’s party is saying goodbye to everyone. Pepper is the kindest and most inviting person I know and his house feels like home. I couldn’t ask for a better friend. You can tell the true character of a person by who they choose to surround themselves with. Pepper has no shortage of good, wholesome, genuine and kind hearted friends. I am fortune and lucky in life to be one of them. Unless I’m the one everyone talks shit about on the way home.
Hoping everyone had a great Holiday Season and celebrated life and love in some way or another.
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Pear, Prosciutto and Brie Bread Braid
5oz Brie Cheese
4oz Prosciutto, chopped
1 Pear (I used Starkrimson, read why below)
1 roll Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
-Peel,core, cut into quarters and then slice your pear. Set aside.
-Roll out the crescent rolls on a piece of parchment paper that’s been sprayed with nonstick spray. Making sure to press together all the separated pieces of dough. You don’t want any tasty brie leaking out.
-Slice your brie into long slices and lay down the center of your crescent dough.
-Next sprinkle the prosciutto across the top of the brie.
-Then take your pear. Each quarter that has been sliced should fit perfectly down the center.
Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. Rotate once during cooking.
Notes: The brie cheese, use your preference. Prosciutto, same thing. Now the pear. I used Starkrimson. Starkrimson pears are as soft as the brie and sweet sweet sweet. They pear, giggle, perfectly with the savory prosciutto and buttery brie.