Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Recipe: Baked Brie

Baked brie is pretty much a small slice of heaven. Here is mine:

Whenever I make this simple, yet elegant appetizer, people love it. They always ask me for the recipe, and I am always delighted to share that making it is simple as &%$@.  You have to love things that appear fancy but really only take 5 minutes to prepare. So get yourself a wheel of cheese and preheat the oven, because you're on the next train to Awesometown.

  • 8 ounce wheel of Brie (I like the Ile de France brand. It has the word France" in it, so it makes me feel the act of eating this calorie and fat bomb is justified as a cultural experience.)
  • One package crescent rolls
  • One egg white
  • Lay our your crescent rolls in a big square, pinching together the perforations so it's like one sheet of dough.
  • Place Brie down on (rind on!) the dough.
  • Cover the brie with your toppings of your choice. Here are some examples of toppings and really,  you can combine these in any variety of combinations:
    • Honey
    • Pecans
    • Almonds
    • Craisins
    • Cranberries
    • Balsamic Reduction
    • Pepper jelly 
    • Agave
  • Wrap up the Brie, pinching together the dough and cutting off any excess. 
  • Brush the doughy ball with one egg white and garnish (optional) with some of the reserved toppings, like a few almonds or Craisins on top look nice and festive. 
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 20 mins. 
  • Serve with sliced apples, crackers, grapes, whatever you choose.

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