I can hardly believe it but it’s that time of the year.
The holidays are upon us. Family gatherings. Holiday entertaining and spending time with friends, family and loved ones. For me, this is the most wonderful time of the year. Holiday decorations are starting to pop up everywhere you go, kids are making their wish lists, families are making holiday plans . . and there seems to be a skip in everyone’s step (or maybe this is just me?).
I love the holidays, mainly because this means I will definitely be spending time with my family and friends. This year, for Thanksgiving, my parents and my sister’s family are coming to my house for the holiday and you can bet there will be a table full of food, food and more food.
I don’t care how much food I have planned for the main and side dishes, there will always be appetizers at my house. This is probably why we start eating at 11am and it continues throughout the day. Cooking and nibbling and cooking and eating some more. I love this. This is my happy place.
Back in September at IFBC, I had the pleasure of learning about a company called Pastry Smart. Based in San Mateo, CA and founded in 2006, Pastry Smart is proud to be the first and only pastry, bread and confectionary producer to be American Humane Certified. Which means their commitment to an exclusive food supply chain ensures humane animal husbandry.
Pastry Smart is committed to the best in quality, sustainability, and value. They offer an extensive line of retail bakery, specialty foods, and food service products, using the finest natural and organic ingredients. Pastry Smart focuses on creating and manufacturing organic and humane brands, bringing the organic bakery to retail markets. They specialize in unique artisan breads, pastry products, and fine chocolates using all-natural organic materials.
The idea: Offer high quality products with a boutique patisserie feel on a larger volume scale.
I have had the great pleasure of sampling a number of their delicious products. Their brioche. Oh my. SO good!
Their Par-Baked Demi Baguettes. OK, I need to stop and talk about these baguettes for a sec. Now, I have had my share of baguettes. For me, the perfect baguette has just the right exterior crust and is perfectly soft and delicious on the inside. Le Culture has something very special here. This bread is absolutely delicious. I love that you bake it at home. You get that freshly baked bread experience right at home.
And, of course, I needed something fabulous to eat with this bread. I made this Baked Kale and Artichoke Dip and topped it with walnuts. Oh. My. Gawd. I am totally making this on Thanksgiving Day for my family.
It has artichokes, kale and walnuts so it’s healthy.
But if you are looking for the perfect holiday appetizer, look no further. Kali’s Holiday Baked Brie is it.
Pastry wrapped baked brie with fig jam and Marcona almonds. Kali’s handcrafted Baked Brie is made from the finest ingredients available. Brie cheese is topped with a delicious fig jam and then sprinkled with Marcona almonds and wrapped in a flaky pastry. Bake it for 15-20 minutes and then you are in heaven.
If there is ONE thing I will urge you to buy this holiday season when entertaining, it’s this BAKED BRIE. This is delicious. And I have another one for Thanksgiving Day. My sister and brother-in-law are going to love this! You can find this Baked Brie at most Whole Foods or click here to find a retail location* close to you. *The baked brie is only available in California but you can find the other products at most Whole Foods, Lunardi’s and Nugget Markets, or other specialty stores.
And while you are at it, pick up some Kali Parmesan Crisps. These are fabulous and go deliciously with both the baked brie and my baked kale and artichoke dip.
And because I love you guys and the holidays are here. . I have partnered with Pastry Smart and we are giving away a Pastry Smart Prize Pack to TWO lucky readers. so ENTER below, like and follow Pastry Smart, Le Culture and Kali The Baking Goddess and spread the word about these fabulous products.
I hope you have enjoyed!
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup parmesan cheese; split
- 1-2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 1- 14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
- 2 cups fresh kale, chopped
- ½ cup red onion, finely chopped
- 5-6 strips cooked bacon; chopped
- ⅓ cup walnuts, chopped or crumbled
- serve with sliced baguette, crackers or parmesan crisps
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine the mozzarella, sour cream, mayo, ¼ cup of the parmesan and dijon mustard. Stir in the artichoke hearts, kale, red onion and bacon. Spread evenly into a baking dish and sprinkle the remaining parmesan on top.
- Bake, uncovered, for about 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle on the walnuts over the top. Place back into the oven and cook for another 5-6 minutes or until heated through. Serve with sliced baguette, crackers or parmesan crisps.
Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens, The New Cookbook, Bridal Edition, Baked Artichoke and Spinach Recipe, pg 63.
2 people will win! Open to residents within the United States only.
Disclosure: I was provided Le Culture and Kali The Baking Goddess products for review and recipe development. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. This giveaway is sponsored by Pastry Smart.