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A Holiday Necessity: Brie en Croute

Baked Brie

Brie en croute (“on KROOT”), which is French for “in a pastry crust,” is the perfect adornment for your holiday table. This nosh-worthy appetizer begins with a velvety wheel of Brie that’s wrapped in puff pastry and then baked until golden brown. Once you cut into it, the creamy filling oozes in the most perfect way.

You can dress it up by adding either a sweet or savory (or both!) filling. (We have some options below.) It's best served warm with crostini and fruit. 

Gooey Brie En Croute

What you need

  • 8 oz. Marin French Traditional Brie
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • Smith Brothers Farms Egg
  • Kitchen twine
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 cup total filling (see below)

Items for serving:

  • Crackers
  • Crostini
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Carrots

Filling options

Sweet

  • Raspberry jam and pecans
  • Brown sugar and walnuts
  • Cinnamon sugar mixture and roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • Dried apricots and honey

Savory 

  • Sun-dried tomatoes and pesto
  • Pesto and roasted pine nuts
  • Olive tapenade
  • Pistachios, olives, olive oil, and thyme

Sweet, Savory, and a Little Interesting

  • Hot honey and walnuts
  • Pear and prosciutto
  • Honey and thyme
  • Marmalade and fresh ground black pepper 

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Baked Brie

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400F.

Spread thawed puff pastry sheet onto a surface lightly coated with flour. Roll out pastry to a square that’s twice the size of the Brie.

Place the wheel of Brie in the center of the puff pastry square and add toppings.

Fold pastry up and over the Brie, pressing together at the seams and top. Gather dough in a knot and secure with the kitchen twine.

Carefully transfer to a lined baking sheet. 

Beat egg until light and fluffy, then brush over top of the pastry. 

Place in oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then dig in!

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