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Fiesta Friday Anniversary Part 1: Cran-Brie Bites

WOO HOO!! By golly, she’s done it! Who, you ask? Why Angie, aka The Novice Gardener, of course. :)) One year … ONE YEAR of Fiesta Friday’s are under her belt! And what a fine job she’s done!

Angie has managed to keep this blogging party going week after unmissed week … 52 amazing weeks… one amazing year. Congratulations, Angie. 😀

First Fiesta Friday Anniversary Part 1

I’m quite proud that I’ve been able to take part in this must attend Friday party. From bringing dishes to share, to chipping in and co-hosting. It’s been a blast! This anniversary party is SO BIG, it’s happening for two weeks straight! I hope I have the stamina!

Week 1 of the celebration, is the “start” of the party… appetizers and cocktails. The co-hosts for today’s celebration are Hilda @Along The Grapevine and Julianna @Foodie On Board. Incidentally, these ladies were the very first co-hosts who Angie called on to co-host FF. It’s fitting they’re here today!

Week 2 of the celebration will be co-hosted by none other than Moi :)) and Selma @Selma’s Table. Be sure to make it back for the continuation of this fabulous block party!

cran-brie bites

Personally, I’ve gained much more from this blogging party than I’ve given over the last year.

Numerous new blogging friends.

Numerous new recipes for use in my kitchen.

Numerous memorable stories… some invoking tears or uncontrollable laughter.

Beautiful photos…beautiful posts…beautiful contributors.

cran-brie bites

Good times. Great times. Times to be remembered.

My contribution today isn’t so much a recipe, as it is a “mash-up” of two, regular Fiesta Friday contributors. At Fiesta Friday #46Meaghan @4 Sons ‘R’ Us shared her recipe for sparkling cranberries. Two days prior, Julie @Hostess at Heart posted a recipe for a festive cranberry cheese spread. Separately, they both looked and sounded delicious. “Mashing” them together, with the ingredients I had available, created one heck of a party appetizer.

cran-brie bites

I used the cranberry chutney recipe from Julie’s site dolloped over a wedge of brie and topped both with a sprinkling of sparkling cranberries from Meaghan’s site. Two fabulous recipes yielded one delicious 3-bite appetizer… and a pretty one!

cran-brie bites

I have served these at a few different gatherings since the holiday season. Cranberry concoctions certainly have a place on my table at Christmas and beyond.

cran-brie bites

I saw a version of this munchie a few years back, when I first joined Pinterest…it continued to flirt with my mind over this time. Thanks to Julie and Meaghan posting their separate recipes, it finally came to fruition…Delicious! Thank you both. :))

Cran-Brie Bites

1 recipe of Julie’s cranberry chutney, here
1 recipe of Meaghan’s sparkling cranberries, here
wedges of brie
crackers of choice

Make the chutney and sparkling cranberries per the links provided.

Top each cracker with brie, then the chutney, then the sparkling cranberries.

How easy is that?… Enjoy!


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  2. I tried the “hot” cranberry relish on Brie! I put some berbere into some of my homemade cranberry orange relish and then put it on a narrow wedge of Brie. And then I ate it all! It was a tiny portion because I wasn’t sure how it would turn out and I didn’t want to waste either item if I didn’t like it. I did eat it, but not sure I would do it again.

    Virtual hugs,


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  6. Very elegant and ‘gourmet’ appetizer Nancy!. 🙂 I love cranberries and I bet they go nicely with brie! And yes I agree with you that FF has given us so much to be grateful about – great friends, recipes and delightful stories! its one heck of a party! 🙂

  7. Thanks so much for sharing my recipe and I’m so glad you liked it. These look splendid and I can’t wait to try my hand at them. These might bring a little bit of fancy to our super bowl party amid the shouting and belly bumps 😉

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