Baked Camembert with cranberry sauce and caramelized pecans – how can a low carb holiday appetizer get any better than this?!?
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Is there anything better than ooey, gooey cheese? When you’re a low-carber and you’re looking for an indulgent appetizer – I really don’t think that it can be beaten! I’ve paired this delicious Camembert with cranberry sauce and some buttery caramelized pecans. The combination is amazing!!
This appetizer would be a fantastic start to any Thanksgiving, Christmas or holiday celebration!
For this recipe I make the cranberry sauce and caramelize the pecans in advance – but it’s up to you! The cranberry sauce is a version of my classic recipe that I created a few years ago. I haven’t included the orange extract, though – which I think would be odd – and you only need a quarter of that recipe for this dish. But here it is again!
Add fresh cranberries, water, and low carb sweetener (eg xylitol) to a small saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer until all the berries have popped and the sauce has naturally thickened. Set aside until needed (I prefer to serve it cold as a contrast to the hot cheese, but it’s up to you).
For the caramelized pecans, I just make a small batch according to my Baked Sausage and Pumpkin Bites recipe. A quarter cup of pecans is all you need to add textural contrast to the Camembert and cranberry sauce!
To bake the Camembert, place it on a small baking sheet and place in a preheated oven for 15 minutes. To serve, carefully transfer it to a serving plate, pour the cranberry sauce over, and garnish with the pecans.
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- 8 oz wheel of Camembert
- 3 oz fresh cranberries
- ¼ cup water
- 2 tbs low carb sweetener eg xylitol
- ¼ cup chopped pecans
- 1 tbs unsalted butter
- 1 tsp low carb sweetener eg xylitol
- To make the sauce, add the cranberries, water, and sweetener to a small saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer until all the berries have popped and the sauce has naturally thickened.
- For the caramelized pecans, melt the butter in a small sauté pan and add the pecans and sweetener. Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring regularly, until the nuts have caramelized. Place on wax paper to harden.
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Place the Camembert on a small baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. To serve, carefully transfer it to a serving plate, pour the cranberry sauce over, and garnish with the pecans.
3g net carbs per serving - not including sugar alcohols from the sweetener.