Saturday, December 18, 2010

Holiday Brie en Croute

Tonight we hosted 10 church friends at our 2nd Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange. Along with lots of cookies (recipes to come), I also prepared a few appetizers: holiday brie en croute, mexican dip, spicy sausage balls served with apple cider punch, wine or beer.

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  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves or seedless raspberry jam
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberry
  • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almond
  • 1 (13- to 16-ounce) Brie cheese round
  • crackers

Heat the oven to 400°F. Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork.

Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 14-inch square. Spread the preserves on the pastry to within 2 inches of the edge. Sprinkle with the cranberries and almonds. Place the cheese in the center of the pastry. Fold the pastry up over the cheese to cover. Trim the excess pastry and press to seal. Brush the seam with the egg mixture. Place seam-side down onto a baking sheet. Decorate with the pastry scraps, if desired. Brush with the egg mixture.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Let stand for 45 minutes. Serve with the crackers.

Recipe courtesy of Pepperidge Farms

The pups getting ready for the festivities…

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