When thinking upon all of my favorite holiday appetizers, my favorite, BY FAR, has to be baked brie. The buttery crescent dough wraps it like the most glorious Christmas present, and when you slice into the creamy wheel it oozes all over the plate into a volcano of heavenly, glorious magma. Bonus points if there’s brown sugar, walnuts, or preserves melting atop.
Is this appetizer paleo? Nope. Is it gosh darn delicious? Uh huh.
As someone who has been rocking the healthy, happy lifestyle for several years now, I’ve learned how crucial it is for my daily sanity to still enjoy the food and flavors I love and crave while finding healthier ways to satisfy those urges.
Today, my friends, I present a compromise.
It’s not 100% paleo, but, hey, neither am I! It is gluten free and is made with whole food ingredients. No Christmas magic required.
During the Christmas season, we all tend to gravitate toward indulging a little more than usual. And personally, I think it’s perfectly healthy to allow yourself a few indulgences throughout the upcoming month.
Do you have to try every dip, every confection, every cocktail that is presented to you between now and New Year’s? Not so much.
To make it to January without adding a little jiggle to your middle, just keep things in moderation. Do not, whatever you do, deprive yourself. Trust me, that’s a fast past to going face first into one of those tri-flavored barrels of popcorn or Aunt Bertie's homemade fudge. No bueno.
When you do chose to indulge, make sure it’s something that brings you joy.
Cranberry brie sweet potato pizza, y’all, brings me joy; therefore, I will eat it.
This would be so perfect for a cocktail party or festive appetizer in the coming weeks. Or, if you’re like me and can’t wait until an actual occasion to make this, you can get four dinner-sized slices out of it. Whatever jingles your bells, friends.
If you’ve never made your own pizza, you have nothing to fear.
The sweet potato crust is the most time-consuming part of this, but by no means is it difficult. Scoop out the innards of some baked sweet potatoes, dump them into your blender or food processor, pour in the other ingredients, and whip until you have a thick batter.
After the crust bakes by itself for 25-30 minutes, top with your cranberry sauce, caramelized onions, and brie until everything gets all melty and merry. Garnish with rosemary and sage and you’ve got yourself an appetizer worthy of being left by your fireplace for St. Nick to enjoy.
Bonus, you can use the pizza crust recipe for other pizza recipes, too! The canvas of a sweet potato crust can go more savory or sweet. Oh the possibilities!
Never tried making your own cranberry sauce? Go back a few weeks to my post all about it and man up. You can do it. I believe in you.
Now what are you waiting for? Seriously, Christmas is only weeks away, so get a move on! This recipe will dazzle your guests, family, and, most importantly, tastebuds.
Merry munching, y'all!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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