Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Favorite!

Happy Tuesday Readers! 

I hope everyone survived monday and getting back into the groove of work/life! Good luck to anyone who still has finals! I know some of my friends are finishing up their last final today! Can you believe that!? I've been home since Saturday and students are JUST finishing their finals today! SO not fair!

Anyways...last week I mentioned that I had baked a Brie en Croute for a holiday party I attended and wanted to share the recipe with you all! It's super easy and doesn't require a ton of ingredients that you wouldn't already have in your kitchen! You can buy the nuts and jam in bulk and save for later use! 

The ingredients are:
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (package comes with 2 sheets)
1 tablespoon butter 
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts 
1 tablespoon butter 
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts 
1 small (8-ounce) wheel Brie 
1/2 cup raspberry jam 
2 eggs, beaten

The full recipe can be found here...I chose Paula Dean's because it seemed the simplest and required the least complicated ingredients aka things I would most likely have in my kitchen. I already had pecans because I use them in my cottage cheese (such a delicious breakfast dish btw!) and just had to buy the jam! The downside is that the puff pastry is sold in a pack of two so unless you refreeze one of them, you need to use both within the same week. I actually made the same dish for a potluck meeting I had later that week but there are tons of other ideas for puff pastry here

Here are some photos from the process! Super easy and now I can do it off the top of my head! 

(rolling out the dough- excuse the Christmas table settings!)

(all of the ingredients!- I purchased the pecans from Trader Joe's- so much cheaper than my local grocery store)

(after sautéing the pecans in butter on the stove you pile them on top of the brie and put the jam on top! You also have to beat the eggs and then brush the puff pastry with them!)

(another view!)

(fresh out of the oven!)

(the tray i brought it in and I bought wheat thins to serve with it- I would suggest choosing a different cracker!)


It tasted DELICIOUS and was a definite crowd pleaser! My one issue was the mess of the whole thing- serving it was a slight issue since the cheese melts its quite tough to scoop up onto a cracker or plate- any suggestions for this?

What's your favorite dish to bring to holiday parties?!


1 comment:

  1. I've never made one, but it looks so delicious! I can't believe a brie en croute is that easy to make!