I am not a chef. I’d like to blame it on my teeny tiny NYC kitchen, but I think it’s more a product of laziness (Take out! Seamless! Eat out!). I’m notorious for showing up at dinner parties with a couple bottles of wine and calling it a day.
But then I found an appetizer for
lazy busy people so ridiculously good that it really shouldn’t take only 15 minutes to make – Cheezus. Cheesy. Jesus.
I originally found the “recipe” (there are really only three necessary ingredients) via The Londoner and over the years, it has always been the star of the show.
So here goes…
Step 1: Pour yourself a glass of red wine… that was easy!
Next, break out a wheel of Camembert cheese (you could also substitute with Brie here) and easy-bake crescent rolls. Flatten out 1/2 of the crescent rolls on a baking tray and pop the cheese on top.
Spread your favorite jam alllllll over the cheese. I chose apricot this time, but I’ve also made it with strawberry jam and it is equally as good. Don’t be skimpy, really lay it on there.
Wrap that puppy up like a newborn baby (use the extra crescent roll dough to cover the top).
Pop it in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until it gets crispy golden. While you wait, prepare whatever your heart desires to dip in melted cheese. We went with green apple slices, green grapes, and triscuits. Other very appealing options include: sausage, pretzels, veggies (like broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, etc.), and gherkin pickles.
And voila! You have, in the words of one of my Cheezus virgins, “Holy Shit Baked Cheese”.
Unlike Cheezus, the rest of dinner was not quite as easy… (don’t worry, we recovered).