Everybody has that one dish they are known for when they attend any sort of get together, and this quick and easy Baked Brie appetizer is mine. It’s full of melty cheese, hits both the sweet and salty categories, and looks way more involved than it is so you look like you put out a lot more effort than you really did. My go to filling choices are candied pecans and pepper jelly. But honestly the choices are endless: brown sugar & nuts (pecan, walnut, almonds, etc.), apples & brown sugar, candied bacon & carmelized onions, seriously the possibilities are endless. Let’s be honest, you could mix anything in with hot, meaty Brie and puff pastry and it’s going to be amazing! And now, since I don’t want to be one of those people who tells you their whole life story when you just want the dang recipe, here y’all go!
– 1 sheet of Pepperidge Farm puff pastry
– 1 8oz round of Brie
– 1 jar of Tabasco Spicy Pepper Jelly
– 1 cup of sugared pecans (I use this super easy stove top recipe)
– 1 egg
– 1 tbsp of water
1) Preheat oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2) Lay the sheet of puff pastry on the parchment paper.
3) Cut the Brie round in half horizontally.
4) Place one half of the Brie round in the center of the puff pastry.
5) Spread a layer of pepper jelly on top of the Brie then top with half of the pecans. Sometimes I’ll throw a little brown sugar on top of the pecans to make that sweetness pop even more.
6) Place the second half of the Brie on top of the pecans and repeat with the pepper jelly and remainder of the pecans.
7) Wrap the edges of the puff pastry up to completely enclose the Brie and filling.
8) Mix the egg and water to make an egg wash then brush it over the entire puff pastry.
9) Place the baking sheet in the oven and cook for 20 minutes or until browned. Let sit for 10 minutes before cutting into it.
I hope y’all enjoy this as much as my family and friends do! You can serve it with crackers or fruit but we just slice off bit by bit and enjoy it all by itself. Let me know if you try it and if you try any other filling combinations, I think I’m going to try the candied bacon version next time and I can’t wait to see how that turns out.