The easiest party piece that requires zero effort but is always everyone's favourite, and in my opinion one of the best ways to make every day an event is to include cheese. And preferably hot, melted cheese with things to dip in it.
The method is simple...buy cheese...bake cheese...dip things in cheese. But there are also some little things you can do to elevate it into a real showstopper.
To bake the cheese, heat an oven to 325. Using a sharp knife, score the top of the cheese in a criss cross pattern and scatter some herbs over the top (rosemary, sage or thyme are best). Pop it in for 20 minutes et voila!
To serve, you can create a board of various 'cheese vehicles' as I like to call them. The obvious one is bread, warmed gently in the oven. But raw vegetable crudités like carrot, celery, broccoli, red pepper and grapes are also delicious and give people a healthier/gluten free option.
In addition to this, I found the holy grail of baked camembert accompaniment - dried cranberries and candied pecans. To make the pecans, simply melt butter in a pan and shake in some sugar to dissolve it before tossing in the nuts and stirring until it caramelises. I then scattered them on a tray, scattered in salt and popped in the oven for a few minutes to crisp up. A slice of crusty bread dipped in melted camembert and then topped in the pecan/cranberry mix was DIVINE. Cannot tell you enough how good it tasted. Make it.
Enjoy and tag me on instagram if you try this oh so photogenic treat!