Here’s a really simple, quick and tasty appetizer that’s always one of the first to go.   We had a big wheel of brie left over from the holidays so decided to top it with some raspberry/strawberry jam, wrap in puff pastry we had in the freezer, bake and serve it hot and gooey with crackers.   It’s ready in 20 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package frozen puff pastry -packages come with 2 sheets (available in supermarket freezer section)
  • 8 oz. piece brie with rind left on
  • 1/4 cup raspberry/strawberry jam or preserves (apricot works well too)
  • Chopped toasted walnuts, pecan or almonds (optional for crunch)
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 beaten egg to use as egg wash

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Defrost 1 sheet of puff pastry for 15-20 minutes so it become pliable and unfold.  I sheet is perfect for an 8 oz. piece.
  3. Use a rolling pin or  aluminum can to gently roll and expand the puff pastry by 1-2 inches all around.
  4. Place brie in center of puff pastry and top liberally with jam, nuts, and cracked pepper.
  5. Bring all 4 corners of puff pastry to the center to seal the package.
  6. Place on ungreased baking sheet and brush with egg wash to help it bake golden brown.
  7. Bake 20 minutes or until golden and serve with nice crackers.

* Pairs perfectly with full flavored winter beers, chardonnay and bourbon.