An easy appetizer to make is baked brie in puffed pastry. And you know that adding pears, almonds and jam just make it even better!
It should be noted that 24 years ago, I entered a SOUTHERN LIVING cooking contest at work, and submitted baked brie in puffed pastry with pesto. And don’t ya know that I was one of the lucky winners! Following the contest, a trip to Birmingham Alabama ensued! That was such an amazing experience to be in the Southern Living Test kitchens!
Without a doubt, I have found ways to switch it up! We have used pepper jelly, a personal favorite of Bruce! In this recipe, I combined fig and pear jam, and added fresh slices of pear!
And if you love cheese appetizers, check out our mini baked brie bites, and our pimento cheese spread!
How to prepare the brie and wrap with puff pastry:
Using a paring knife, scrape white rind off outside of brie.
Place sheet of thawed puff pastry onto a cool surface and put brie onto center of pastry.
Slice Pear in half, and slice out core and seeds. Thinly slice pear slices. Arrange the pear slices on top of the brie.
Mix Pear & Fig jam. Cover pear slices with jam mixture. Fold corners of puff pastry over jam and into the center. Seal edges of dough Snip off corners with scissors, and seal.Place into a butter coated oven proof baking dish. Put pan into freezer for 30 minutes.
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Whisk 1 egg with a teaspoon of water. Place almonds a butter in a sauce pan, and toast, tossing and stirring for a golden brown.
Remove brie from freezer and coat puff pastry with egg wash. Place brie in hot oven. Turn brie every 10 minutes for 20-30, as ovens vary, till golden brown.
At this point, sprinkle almonds over top of brie, and return to oven for 3-5 minutes
Serve any of the additional almonds along the side of the brie
Allow brie to rest for a few minutes, but be sure to serve warm
Serve with crackers, bread, fresh fruit, and an assortment of cured meats
- Category: appetizer
- Cuisine: american
Keywords: baked brie, appetizer, entertaining