The name of this appetizer is exactly what I thought of the first time I made it. I had a more dignified description in mind but the base of this dip--a hot, melty wheel of brie cheese, cascaded all over the serving platter, shattering my vision of a perfectly neat little dish. It's kind of gorgeous in it's own way and still absolutely delicious, though, so pardon the mess and dig in! The "harvest" part of the name comes from the ingredients sprinkled over top of the brie: apple, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and more. These are great autumnal additions and a [generous] drizzle of raw honey helps meld everything together as well as balance out the saltiness of the cheese. You'll have all your flavor and texture bases covered, too. Sweet? Salty? Tart? Woodsy? Crunchy? Creamy? Put checks next to all of those!
Visually, this dip just looks so indulgent. The best part is it takes under 20 minutes and just a couple of steps to assemble so it's the ideal nosh to throw together for girlfriends coming over after work or a last-minute kickback or potluck contribution. This also works well for a casual date night-in. Just add a bottle of wine, turn on some Sade, and you have an instant setting for good vibes. If you are hosting [or contributing a dish to] a party soon, make this as an alternative or in addition to the easy cheese board or praline brie dip I shared last year. In fact, this dip is almost an all in one cheese board when you think about it! I learned a lot about building a cheese board and French cheeses in general at a fun event last Fall. You can read about my major takeaways from the event here. I plan on serving this dip at the next game night or watch party I have with my friends. I've found you can seriously make a watch party out of just about any show, documentary, or even the recent presidential debates. [Insert face-palm here.]
Back to the hot mess harvest dip: You don't need many ingredients and they're all listed below. And so is my current watch list in case you're looking for something new to get into and an excuse to have friends over for this dip (no excuse needed). Just add some crackers or bread for dipping and you're in business. I used the Wasa crackers I found in this month's Degustabox. Click here for my rundown on Degustabox and here for half off your first box + free shipping! I haven't gotten all the way through my watch list because...time, but would love to know your thoughts on any of the shows you've seen or plan to watch. I'm also open to suggestions for new stuff. Just know that I might not get around to actually watching for quite a while. 🙂 Please let me know in the comments below!
Current Watch List
- American Horror Story: Roanoke - I have watched most of the AHS series and marvel at the versatility of the cast.
- 13th - This is an absolute must-watch for everybody. Period.
- Insecure - I've been an Issa Rae fan since Awkward Black Girl and love, love, love this show.
- Westworld - It's starting out slowly so I'm unsure if I'll watch the whole season.
- Rupaul's Drag Race All Stars II - Alyssa Edwards from Mesquite, TX. Enough said.
- Sensitive Skin - featuring Kim Catrall post SATC! I'm not caught up on the current season yet.
What's on your watch list right now? Thanks for reading!
Baked brie topped with autumnal bits like chopped apple, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds and drizzled with honey makes for the perfect fall appetizer.
- 16 ounces brie
- ½ medium apple chopped into cubes
- ¼ cup pumpkin seed kernels
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup golden raisins
- ¼ cup walnut pieces
- 2 tablespoons honey I used raw, unfiltered honey
- crackers or bread for dipping
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice the top rind of wheel of brie and place wheel in a baking dish.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until melted and bubbly.
- Carefully place brie on a serving platter and add honey, then all remaining ingredients over top. Serve warm with bread or crackers for scooping.