an old standby appetizer has to be a small wheel of baked Camembert or baked brie. i prefer the Camembert cheese, as it melts so beautifully and is able to be spread on a cracker very nicely.
purchase a small wheel of Camembert or brie cheese and place on a baking dish, after removing the paper covering. the cheese is coated with a thick white covering, which i often score lightly with a knife on the top of the wheel. i place about one tablespoon of margarine on the cheese, about 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, and then some sliced almonds or chopped pecans.
the cheese is baked in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes. based on individual oven temperatures, the cheese will soften and begin to ooze from the sides. it may even begin to puff up on the top of the wheel. this signals that the cheese is ready to be served hot from the oven.
serve with a selection of crackers for spreading. i have found that this appetizer is always a party favorite, but it will begin to solidify soon, so it is not one to be made ahead of time. baked Camembert must be served hot from the oven.
with a selection of crackers either placed around the baked Camembert or on a separate plate, the appetizer will be a party favorite.