"Recipes for Starting Your New Year"

Creamy Whipped Brie with Cranberry Salsa Recipe

2 C. fresh cranberries
3 medium green onions, finely chopped
1 small red jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1/4 C. plus 2 T. sugar
1/4 t. salt
3 T. minced fresh cilantro
1 1/2 T. lemon juice
1 1/2 T. peeled and finely minced fresh gingerroot

Whipped Brie
3/4 lb. brie cheese, room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 t. black pepper
1 t. finely grated lemon zest

To prepare the salsa: Pulse the cranberries in a food processor until very finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl.

Stir in the green onions, jalapeno, sugar, salt, cilantro, lemon juice and ginger. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Stir occasionally.

To prepare the whipped brie: Remove the rind from the brie and put the cheese into a food processor with the cream cheese, pepper and lemon zest. Process until very smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate. (This can be made 24 hours in advance.) Bring to room temperature 1 hour before serving. Serve with crackers and the salsa on the side.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.


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