Tuesday, January 10, 2012

An Appetizer That Will Impress Your Snobbiest Friends

Even Better Holiday Brie
Um, what is better than brie?  I used to think nothing.  And then I took brie, wrapped it in Philo Dough with almonds and fruit, and now it's simply (or sinfully) divine!

I made this little appetizer on Christmas Eve.  It was such a hit, I had to delay dinner because everyone ate too much.  Then I made it again on New Years.

So enough already.  If you like brie (I mean, who doesn't?), impress your friends with this no-hassle, impressive appetizer.

Better than Brie


1 Sheet of Frozen Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets
1 Brie Wedge or Round
Apricot Preserves
Sliced Almonds
Dried Cranberries or Cherries (I used a combo of both)
One egg white


Ten minutes before prep, remove puff pastry (philo dough) from freezer and set out in room temperature.  When it is soft and pliable, lay on a lightly floured surface.  Coat one side with apricot preserves, a few slivers of almonds, and dried cranberries/cherries.  Place brie wedge in the middle and wrap puff pastry around the brie entirely, filled side in.  Cut off excess an set aside.  Remove any seams by dampening with water and smoothing over with finger.  Use the access pastry dough to cut out a pretty shape and place on top for decoration.  Mix together egg and 1TBSP of water.  Coat the puff pastry with a brushing of egg mixture. 

Cook at 400 degrees for 30 minutes until golden brown.  Let sit for 20 minutes before serving.

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