Cranberry Toasted Almond Brie en Croûte + Fisher Nuts Giveaway! – CLOSED

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WINNER ANNOUNCED: The winner (chosen by of the Fisher Nuts Cook with Nuts prize package is Ashley Simpson who said: “Pecans are my favorite-not only are they abundant where I live here in eastern North Carolina, but they are very versatile. My favorite way of eating them is spiced candied pecans which my dad makes every year for Christmas (yep, my dad is the chef in our house!)”  Congratulations, Ashley! Please check your email for instructions on how to claim your prize.

Cranberry Toasted Almond BrieOh, goodness, friends.  Are you tired of all the giveaways here yet?  I think not!  🙂  Today I have another holiday cooking/baking prize package opportunity for you!

Many of us go through countless nuts when cooking for Christmas festivities…

…and sometimes we turn into nuts ourselves from all the busyness!  😉

Fisher Nuts wants to help you create simple recipes in your kitchen by supplying one of my readers with a prize pack and presenting all of you with some recipe ideas from Food Network Chef Alex Guarnashelli’s collection.

I decided to test out one of Alex’s recipes this weekend with the sliced almonds provided to me from Fisher Nuts.  This Cranberry Toasted Almond Brie was seriously good.  Even though pregnant ladies are supposed to avoid brie (I guess?) I couldn’t stop snacking on it!  Don’t judge…please.

Ben finally took it away from me and I found him nibbling (gorging) on it in front of some television basketball game.  He then took it and gave it to our neighbors… who have the 7 kids, and hopefully just finished it.  That’s the food bloggers life, you have to give some of the food away before turning into 300 pounds!  (So, instead, you try to turn your neighbors into 300 pounds!)  😉

Anyway, I don’t think I have to say much more to tell you how much we liked this baked brie.  Not only did I love its sweet and nutty flavor, but I also was excited about the ease of prepping it.  Really, the hardest part was letting it set for 30 minutes before digging into it!  (Which I did not do, as obvious by the photo of the cheese gushing out.)

I think you’ll find this can be a great addition to your holiday appetizer spread, or even later for a football playoff party!

Fisher Nuts Giveaway Package 2012Okay, let’s talk about the giveaway:

One Pennies on a Platter reader will win:

  • Fisher Chef’s Naturals Slivered Almonds
  • Fisher Chef’s Naturals Pecan Halves
  • Fisher Chef’s Naturals Walnut Halves & Pieces
  • Food Network 5-Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
  • Food Network Silicone Spatula
  • OXO Whisk
  • Wood Cutting Board

Official Rules:

  • Mandatory entry:  Leave a comment attached to this post telling me your favorite kind of nut (even if it is your husband or your crazy mother-in-law! ha!). Please leave your email address in the field provided.  If you are reading this through email, you must visit the blog website to leave your comment.
  • Optional extra entry #1:  Follow Chef Alex on Twitter (@guarnaschelli). Come back and leave a separate comment that you do with your Twitter handle.
  • Optional extra entry #2:  “Like” Fisher Nuts on Facebook and leave a separate comment below that you do.
  • Up to two (2) extra entries allowed. Maximum three (3) total entries.
  • Giveaway is open to US residents only.
  • Contest closes Wednesday, December 12th at 10:00PM EST.
  • Winner will be announced at the top of this post.  Winner will also be notified by email.  If a response is not received within 1 week of being notified, a new winner will be chosen.

Not only do you have this opportunity to win a nice prize, but head on over Mom It Forward to register for a Twitter party with Chef Alex tomorrow where she will be sharing more tips for cooking with nuts, and for a chance to win another Cooking with Nuts prize package.

Disclosure: I am working with Fisher to share Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s recipes using Fisher Nuts and tools they provided. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Cranberry Toasted Almond Brie en Croûte + Fisher Nuts Giveaway!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

A sweet and nutty baked brie, for an easy and appealing holiday appetizer, or your football get together.

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce, mashed and divided
  • 1/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries, divided
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, divided
  • 1 round (8 oz.) Brie cheese
  • Egg wash (1 egg, lightly beat with 1 Tablespoon water)
  • Crackers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the rack in the center of the oven.

Layer the almonds in a single layer on an ungreased rimmed baking sheet. Toast for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden. Set aside.

Raise the oven temperature to 400 degrees F.

Unfold the pastry sheet and set on a lightly floured surface. Roll out to form a 12-inch square. Cut the corners to make a circle.

Spread half of the cranberry sauce in the center of the circle to match the size of the Brie round. Sprinkle with 2 Tablespoons each of the dried cranberries and toasted almonds.

Place the Brie round over the sauce, then top with the rest of the cranberry sauce, and 2 more Tablespoons of the dried cranberries and almonds. Brush the ends of the pastry with the egg wash, then fold up over the Brie to completely cover. Pinch the seams to seal, then brush with more egg wash.

Place seam side up onto a baking sheet. Brush entire round with egg wash. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden and cheese begins to melt.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle top with rest of almonds. Let rest for 30 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers or crusty bread.

Source: Adapted from Fisher Nuts


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  1. Favorite nut is cashews

  2. My favorite nut to eat is an almond but I like walnuts in baked goods.

  3. I liked fisher nuts on Facebook

  4. I love almonds!

  5. I love peanuts….in the shell, on top of a dish of ice cream or just a handful out of the jar

  6. I love almonds. I love to add them to everything from salads to ice cream.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. I follow Chef Alex on Twitter (@guarnaschelli).

  8. I “Like” Fisher Nuts on Facebook

  9. I like Almonds the best.

  10. I follow on Twitter. @katiemur80

  11. Darcy Bodiford says:

    My favorite nut is the candy crusted kind in the mall for the holiday season. Usually you can smell it as soon as you enter the mall. Unfortunately that beautiful aroma is missing this year. 🙁 Guess I will have to make my own!!

  12. Macadamia nuts are my utmost favorite!

  13. I Follow Chef Alex on Twitter (@guarnaschelli).(@cindy brickley)

  14. I “Like” Fisher Nuts on Facebook.

  15. I like almost all nuts, but I think pecans are my favorite, no, no, maybe almonds. hmmm, what about peanuts………

  16. I love cashews!

  17. Pistachios are delicious!

  18. Dorothy Figg says:

    My favorite nuts are almonds and my husband. He is a big nut.

  19. Almonds are my favorite.

  20. Liked Fisher Nuts on Facebook.

  21. I love pecans!

  22. Mmmm love this!

  23. I love pecans!

  24. I follow Chef Alex on Twitter!

  25. Pecans!

  26. I would have to say my favorite nuts are pistachios.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  27. The whole family loves pecans!

  28. I adore pistachios!

  29. My favorite nuts are pecans.

  30. I’m a fan of almost any nut, but I mostly eat almonds. And I really like pecans, too.

  31. my fav kind of nut is pistachios! i wish they werent so darn expensive tho!!

  32. i follow chef alex on twitter!!! (@kimkachur)

  33. Cashews!

  34. My favorite nuts by far are almonds.

  35. I love almonds!

  36. I love pecans the best

  37. Catherine Robinson says:

    I love all nuts!!! I mostly eat peanuts, though, and I eat almond butter every morning. Yum!

  38. I LOVE almonds…and pecans. Yummy!!! One of my favorite side dishes is green beans with almonds and bacon.

  39. Pecans! They are so versatile! Love them!

  40. Pecans

  41. I’m a peanut gal. Although I’d never turn down a bowl of mixed nuts either 😉

  42. My favorite nut is a cashew, however, I had almonds in my oatmeal just this morning. 🙂 Thanks for your delicious, fun recipes, Nikki!

  43. Love all kinds but my favorites are almonds

  44. Do I really have to choose? I suppose cashews are my utmost favorite, but every ‘nut’ has it’s place on my palate!

  45. I LOVE pecans!

  46. I follow Chef Alex on twitter.

  47. I like Fisher Nuts on facebook

  48. It’s a tough choice, there are so many delicious nuts, but I think cashews are my favorite!!

  49. Macadamia. For some reason I never bake with them, though.

  50. For eating out of hand, I adore macadamia nuts, but for baking, the walnut is tops.

  51. I’m a big fan of Alex, and I’m glad to follow her on Twitter (@notheranneother)

  52. I love walnuts! Followed by cashews…I love them all, really. 😀

  53. I love pecans

  54. Liked Fisher Nuts on Facebook. And I see that for every fan that Fisher gets, they will donate meals to the Texas Food Bank. That is awesome! 🙂

  55. Oh my goodness, that recipe looks awesome!! Need to make that soon!

    My favorite nuts are macadamia nuts, preferably ensconced in some kind of pastry. 🙂

  56. Almonds are my current favorite!

  57. I think I would say walnuts, but that is a hard choice!

  58. Macadamia’s, hands down!

  59. I love pecans!

  60. My favorite nut is the cashew! I could eat tons of them.

  61. I’m boring-I love peanuts!

    (Although when baking I’m a big fan of almonds and pecans as well!)

  62. I think mine are cashew, for sure! Almonds a close second.
    would love to win this……

  63. I think mind are cashews for sure, with a close almond second!

  64. My fave nut is Pistachio!

  65. April was in CT now CA says:

    Definitely pecans!

  66. I love macadamia nuts….

  67. I liked Fisher Nuts on FB

  68. My favorite nut is a Brazil nut!

  69. I like Fisher nuts on FB

  70. I follow Alex on Twitter

  71. Pistachios, but only the ones from Attica in Greece because those are literally the best pistachios in the world and no one can tell me otherwise.

  72. My favorite are cashews

  73. I love pecans! I like to grab a handful with a few chocolate chips thrown in as a snack.

  74. Also like Fisher nuts on Facebook!

  75. My favorite nut is the cashew. It is awesome. My kids love it too. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  76. I am a facebook fan of Fisher nuts. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  77. My favorite nut is the almond. I put almonds in so many things and just eat them by the handful.

  78. My favorite nut is the pecan.

  79. I follow Fisher Nuts on Facebook.

  80. I liked fisher nuts on facebook.

  81. Stacey Fields says:

    i love roasted almonds.

  82. Kristina Williams says:

    The Almond has to be my FAV! plain, salted, spiced, hot, chocolate…the list goes on lol!

  83. Favorite nut is hazelnut.

  84. I love pecans. I should own stock in Fisher this time of year!

  85. I love pistachios and honey roasted peanuts.

  86. Hazelnuts are my favourite! Totally love them!

  87. I am following Chef Alex on Twitter. @ashleypalmer625

  88. I liked Fisher Nuts on Facebook.

  89. I love hazelnuts! They’re my favourite!

  90. I’m also following @guarnaschelli on twitter! Mine is @_manumunoz. Sorry about the duplicated comment, the page had a mini-crash or sth.

  91. There! Also liked Fisher Nuts on Facebook!

  92. My favorite nut is the “walnut”. I think it’s under appreciated, and under utilized. It’s been in the “pecan” shadow too long! Go WALNUTS!
    Merry Christmas

  93. Pecans are my favorite!

  94. Pecans, thanks!

  95. I love peanuts!

  96. follow alex on twitter @saramama

  97. Almonds are my favorite

  98. Love cashews!

  99. mary fanara coleman says:

    My favorite nuts are almonds.

  100. mary fanara coleman says:

    I like fisher nuts on fb.

  101. Ashley Simpson says:

    Pecans are my favorite-not only are they abundant where I live here in eastern North Carolina, but they are very versatile. My favorite way of eating them is spiced candied pecans which my dad makes every year for Christmas (yep, my dad is the chef in our house!)

  102. mary fanara coleman says:

    I follow Chef Alex on Twitter …@ciaomjc

  103. I subscribe via email.

  104. Cashews

  105. Pecans are my favorite.

  106. Barbara Bowen says:

    My favorite nut is the hazelnut because my brother used to call us girls “Hazel” whenever he thought we were being nuts. Which was often. But for eating, peanuts or pecans are hard to beat. =)

  107. I really love pecans but almonds are a favorite for every day snacks.

  108. I like fisher nuts on facebook.

  109. i follow alex on twitter!

  110. I LOVE pecans. eat them whenever I can!

  111. Rosita Martin says:


  112. i love pecans, def my favorite

  113. Rosita Martin says:

    Liked fishers on facebook

  114. i follow alex on twitter (@realiamazing)

  115. i like fisher nuts on fb (name is Realia Mazing)

  116. Pecans are my favorite nut to bake with. Pistachios are my favorite just to eat.

  117. My favorite nut to munch on is cashews. My favorite nut to bake/cook with is pecans. Thank you for the giveaway and the opportunity to participate.

  118. I love Pistachios!

  119. I follow you on Twitter as MsCarolsueA

  120. I like Fisher Nuts on Facebook (Carolsue Anderson)

  121. Hmmmm…I think my favorite nut would be an almond. I love to snack on them, turn them into homemade almond butter and more!

  122. Hmmmm…Almonds all the way!

  123. my favorite is pecans.. perfect for the holidays!

  124. love cashews the best!

  125. It’s a tough choice but my favorite nuts are pecans. Thanks for the chance at a giveaway!

  126. My favorite kind of nut is a cashew. Thanks for the chance!

  127. I follow chef alex on twitter, @contestcarmen

  128. I like Fisher nuts on facebook.

  129. My favorite nuts are almonds 🙂

  130. Fave nuts=peanuts, almonds=close second.

  131. My favorite nut is my significant other – he’s crazy!

  132. I am now following Chef Alex on Twitter.

  133. I am now a fan of Fisher Nuts on Facebook.

  134. love pistachios!

  135. My favorite nuts are almonds!

  136. I follow Chef Alex on Twitter! (@natsenn)

  137. I like Fisher Nuts on facebook!

  138. Doris Johnson says:

    I love almonds and hazelnuts the best! (And since Nutella is made of hazelnuts, does that count? 🙂

  139. Doris Johnson says:

    I’m now following Alex on Twitter! My username is @dorisrebeccaj.

  140. Doris Johnson says:

    And I also liked Fisher Nuts on Facebook. 🙂

  141. Amanda Thompson says:

    I love pecans and macadamias the best!

  142. Definitely love almonds

  143. Follow Chef Alex on Twitter

  144. Almonds!

  145. kelsey mcg. says:

    Pecans, please!

  146. Walnuts!

  147. My favorite nut is my husband , who is a huge a huge fan of any kind of nuts. His daily staple seems to be peanuts, but beings I am out of them, he’s well on his way to finishing off some pecans. Thanks for the giveaway!

  148. Yum – this looks SO good! Um my favorite nut is cashew..but I love walnuts too!

  149. My favorite kind of nut is my father-in-law! Nuttier than a fruit cake but definitely more loveable!

  150. I follow Alex! @CowChasin4x4

  151. I Like Fisher Nuts

  152. I love raw almonds the best. They are great paired with sweetish fish!!!

  153. Not sure I could choose between pistachios and cashews…let’s go with pistachios!

  154. I love almonds!

  155. My favorite nut is the pecan. I love them in anything or just by themselves!

  156. My favorite nut is almonds!

  157. I follow Alex Guarnaschelli on Twitter. (@kdelavega87)

  158. I like Fisher Nuts on Facebook

  159. I love peanuts!

  160. I love pistachios.

  161. Almonds.

  162. Cashews are my fav. Then almonds

  163. I used to like any nut EXCEPT walnuts. But now I think I love them best…maybe its because they are a new fav?

  164. I like honey roasted peanuts.

  165. I like cashews.

  166. I love macadamia nuts & almonds equally.

  167. I am following Alex. @lovepennyplattr

  168. My favorite is Pecans. Nothing better then a chocolate chip cookie with pecans!

  169. I liked Fisher Nuts on Facebook 🙂

  170. Favorite to eat?? Pistachio! Fav to cook with etc… Pecans 🙂 Yumm.

  171. Love pecans!!

  172. My favorite kind of nut is almonds!

  173. Anjana Siva says:

    My favorIte nut is walnut.

  174. Anjana Siva says:

    I liked Fishers Nut on Facebook.

  175. My favorite to eat is pistachio!

  176. My favorite is pistachio!

  177. I love macadamia nuts!

  178. I follow on Twitter. (@kawaiidragon88)

  179. Cashews are probably my fav!

  180. pecans

  181. Pecan!

  182. Rhawnie Beth says:

    Macadamia! My husband is addicted so I save every recipe I can find that contains this ingredient!

  183. Loretta Patzner says:

    it’s hard to pick just one. For snacking..either Pistachios or almonds. In baked goods – pecans or walnuts. I’m not too picky.

  184. Just wanted to say thank you for this wonderful recipe. I adore cranberries AND brie and this would be great for the holidays. My favorite nuts are macadamias and pistachios. Thanks and have a lovely Christmas!

  185. Yes! Finally something about healthy living.

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