Perfect One Dish Dinners: Baked Camembert w/ Cranberry Orange Relish

Eater rating: 4.3 / 5  4.33

You know when you meet people and you just instantly get along with them? I’ve been crazy fortunate to experience this with a few different food bloggers and people over the past couple of months. Two of whom have been life changing. Back in September I got an invite to dinner with two of the Three Many Cooks women, Pam and Maggy Anderson and my good friend and fellow San Diegan, Lori of RecipeGirl. At dinner we shared drinks and tasty grub; laughed about life and chatted about the industry of not only food blogging but also cookbook writing and recipe development. I walked out of that dinner knowing that not only did I have a couple of new dear friends but I also had a mentor and inspirational role models in both Pam and Maggy.

Lori, Pam, Maggy (and Me)

Party pics! From left to right: Lori, Pam, Maggy and Me

You will not meet a more loving, genuine family than the ladies of Three Many Cooks. Each of them brings something different to the table (and their blog!) but its the fact that they do what they do in order to have an activity to share with one another and a way to bond that really moves me. I don’t have that with either my mother or my sister and think it’s pretty freakin’ special what they’re doing. (And btw, Dianne & Todd of White on Rice did an amazing cookbook trailer that you must watch. So moving.)

The concept behind Pam’s newest book, Perfect One Dish Dinners is great dishes that you can make effortlessly in one single dish so that you are able to spend time with your family and friends instead of slaving away in the kitchen. If you know me as a cook, you are probably thinking – “Amanda, there is no effing way you can make a meal with just one dish!” and you know what? You’re normally right. BUT…. I did! I made Pam’s Festive Roasted Chicken and Stuffing (pg.194) and because I was already in a festive mood I also made the appetizer she suggests to go with the meal – Baked Camembert with Cranberry-Orange Relish. (Recipe below!)

I made just a couple of changes to the chicken recipes in order to use up items I had on hand – Pam calls for italian or french bread but I had some seedy sourdough on hand so I subbed that as well as subbing dried tart cherries for the golden raisins and fennel for the celery (my roommate can’t stand celery and I didn’t want to eat alone!). The chicken and stuffing came out perfectly so did the baked Camembert, and seriously – it was far and away the most effortless meal I made all week! The book does exactly what it’s supposed to: feeds a group great food and frees up your time to spend with those you love.

Wow, dude – apparently I’m in some kind of weird Kumbaya place in my posts lately where all I feel like doing is gushing about the awesomeness of those around me. I guess there are worse places to be. Just don’t think it’s only going to be rainbows and unicorns on this site all the damn time. 😉 I’ll return to my normal off-colored quirky self eventually but for now, go pick up a copy of Perfect One Dish Dinners and join me in gushing over the awesomeness of that is Pam Anderson! Love you, Pam!

Note: Don’t even think this is a sponsored post for one minute! If you know this site – you know I don’t do sponsored posts. Period. All opinions are mine and mine alone.

This post is part of a group on Sunday Suppers. (yeah – I know, I didn’t really talk about Sunday Suppers – shut up.) Check what everyone else in the group made from the book!

Recipe from Perfect One Dish Dinners by Pam Anderson
Baked Camembert w/ Cranberry-Orange Relish

1 bag (12 oz) fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed and picked over
1 cup sugar
Finely grated zest and juice from 1 large orange
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17.3 oz box), thawed
1 wheel Camembert cheese (about 4 inches in diameter), top rind sliced off

Bring cranberries, sugar, and orange juice to a full simmer in a medium skillet or a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven. Simmer for 1 minute. Cover, turn off heat, and let stand for 10 minutes. Stir in orange zest, cool to room temperature, and refridgerate.

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees. Roll puff pastry on a lightly floured surface along the fold lines to 12 inches long. Cut out two 6-inch rounds. Lay one pastry round on a baking sheet and set cheese wheel on it, cut side up. Top with remaining puff pastry and crimp around perimeter of cheese to seal.

Bake until pastry is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let rest for 15 minutes and serve, letting each person slice a wedge of the pastry encased cheese and top with cranberry sauce.

24 comments so far:

  1. Dinetonite says:

    I love cherry’s and the combinations is very good,

  2. Awwww, LOVE you too. And Pam… and Maggy 🙂

    Love fest. Recipe looks yummy!

  3. Maria says:

    I need to make this one and soon! Love it!

  4. Ugggggggh. I LOOOOOVE this baked camembert. I could honestly eat the whole damn thing. Thanks for your lovely post. We absolutely love and adore you right back, Amanda. So glad you came into our lives and can’t wait until December!!!

  5. Amber says:

    Oh Amanda, how I love this post and YOU. For me, you are one of those bloggers that it has been most amazing to connect with. I love everything about you, girl! And I also love that you and I have the shared experience of the Anderson women coming into your life and kinda sorta changing it in the most awesome of ways. When we moved to the East Coast, it was a dark lonely place. Then Maggy, and eventually Sharon, Pam, Andy, Dave, and Tony came into our lives. My life has become infinitely better, less lonely, and more filled with love and as you say, kumbaya, since they came into my life.

  6. That looks positively amazing! That is soooo going on my must make list! Thanks!! Great meeting you at BlogHer Food!

  7. This looks delicious. It’s the perfect appetizer for a crowd – I can’t wait to make it 🙂

  8. Brooke says:

    A fancy looking appetizer that appears easy to make! I hope so.

  9. Wenderly says:

    Mmmmmm! I could just have that whole entire thing for dinner myself! And perhaps I shall! 🙂

  10. It’s funny. I thought that blogging was a solitary pursuit but now I’m finding that it really isn’t. You really do meet the best people

  11. I think the boys in my house would go crazy happy if I made that for them!

  12. How gorgeous is that??? I bet it tastes amazing, too!

  13. I bet you could serve that baked Camembert for dessert–it looks just that delicious. Love the photo of the four of you, too.

  14. I could use some of that and a glass of wine right about now. Any left over?

  15. I want to lick the screen this looks so good! And now I can’t get kumbaya out of my head ; ) Love our crazy food blogging community! Such talented amazing people : )

  16. Tickled Red says:

    Kumbaya rocks, so have it girl 🙂 Stunning camembert! I have a feeling that I’ll be hiding this from my guys when I make it.

  17. Shaina says:

    This would be a great appetizer for Thanksgiving. I think I’m going to have to try it out for the family!

  18. Amanda says:

    thanks, ladies!!! i agree! i seriously LOVE LOVE LOVE our awesome food blogging community. such an amazing thing to be a part of!

  19. Sarah says:

    Mmmmm….camembert, it just can’t go wrong with that!

  20. emiglia says:

    Ooh… baked camembert and cranberries?? Never even considered it, but it looks awesome.

  21. nicole says:

    I’d eat that whole thing. I don’t like to share.

    That looks amazing.

  22. This looks amazing. A real show-stopper for the holidays. Very elegant and festive for Christmas. And you gotta love that pre-made puff pastry. It elevates something that would otherwise be “nice” and makes it “to die for.”

  23. Sarah says:

    Mmmmmmm I love the recipes here at your site. I am wondering if you would be interested in being a guest on my blogtalk radio show REAL Food Inspired – I would love it if you could do a holiday show, yum, yum. I am looking at your Persimmon cranberry sauce. I think I am going to make that this season.

    Oh gosh I am so happy I found your site. Thank you for the amazing work you are doing here. Please let me know if you are interested in doing a REAL Food Inspired show filled with yummy recipes. Bon Appetite

  24. Cindy says:

    I have had this before and it was really wonderful but this relish must put it over the top!