Written by Free Stylin’ Beth, Contributing Author
Hello friends! Can you believe it’s already time for the holidays?! This seems to be the busiest part of the year for me…there is always somewhere to be, and always something food related to bring. I often get tired of the same old thing, so I decided to finally try a recipe I’ve been seeing around lately:
Baked Brie and Cranberries
This is an expensive appetizer that’s baked into a sweet and savory gooey-ness. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this yummy crowd pleaser:
- 1 sheet of puff pastry
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp water
- 1/2 cup *softened* dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 (13.2 oz) Brie cheese round
Thaw pastry sheet at room temperature. Heat oven too 400* F. Beat egg and water into a small bowl.
Open pastry sheet onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the sheet out into a large square.
Stir cranberries, pecans, honey, and rosemary in a bowl.
Spread the cranberry mixture on the center of the square.
Top with cheese, then brush the edges of the square with the egg.
Cover the cheese and cranberries by folding two opposite sides over the cheese. Press to seal the edges. Trim the remaining sides – about two inches on each side.
Fold remaining sides onto cheese, and press to seal.
Place seam side down. You can decorate the top with remaining dough scraps. (I cut out circles with a measuring cup.) Brush with egg mixture.
Bake for 20-25 minutes (when the pastry is a pretty golden brown). Once out of the oven, let it sit for about 45 minutes (perfect if you have to transport it!).
When it is time to serve, you can cut it like pie slices, or in chunks. Serve as is or with extra crackers.
This is such a simple but elegant appetizer. When we ate the brie and cranberries recently, everyone enjoyed a different take on our usual cheese plate. The cranberries and honey add just enough sweet to offset the tangy cheese. Using rosemary gives everything just another layer of flavor.
I also like the price: less than $10! I saved $$ by using cranberries instead of dried cherries. You can also cut costs with walnuts instead of pecans if you’d like. I splurged on the brie…it was about $7 for 13 ounces. If you would like to save a little $$ that way, using an 8 ounce circle of brie would work just as well.
So next time your social calendar calls for something yummy, but you don’t want to shell out a lot of “dough” (ha! Thanks, I’ll be here all week!), try Baked Brie and Cranberries. It’s sure to be a hit. 🙂