The holidays are not complete without some sort of baked cheesy goodness. Because, let's face it, that's what really brings people around the table. This year I ditched the brie and jumped ship to cambozola. I mean, it's basically brie and blue cheese in one package, so how could you go wrong? I also used some brilliant balsamic jelly from House of Balsamic, cherries, pistachios and of course phyllo. Cherries, tangy sweet balsamic and blue cheese bring the flavor dance party, with a little crunch from the nuts. I will have to make this again, not only because it was delicious, but because my boyfriend proposed to me while I was making this.
Balsamic Jelly: the magic stuff.
You will need:
8 leaves of phyllo, thawed
Half a stick of melted butter (1/4 cup of butter)
Cherries (frozen) or use your jarred ones from the summer
2-3 Tablespoons of balsamic jelly (House of Balsamic)
1 large wedge of cambozola
1/4 cup pistachio pieces
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Start with a buttered baking sheet or baking vessel. Sprinkle melted butter between each sheet of phyllo. Place the cheese in the middle then top with cherries, jelly and nuts.
Fold up the cheese with the over hanging phyllo layers and seal it off with the rest of the butter. Bake until golden brown on top (about 10-15 minutes). Try to let it cool or else it will turn into an oozy mess, which is also delicious but not very photogenic. In my case, I had problems waiting.