My favorite finger food at parties is anything involving cheese! I can do some serious damage to a cheese board- you feel me? And baked brie? Don’t even get me started. The only thing better than cheese is ooey gooey melty cheese!
Baked brie looks quite impressive, but it honestly couldn’t be more simple. It’s perfect for parties. I made it for a Thanksgiving appetizer last week and it got plenty of oohs and ahhs.
I got this huge wheel of brie at Sam’s! It’s certainly not the finest variety, but when topped with goodies and baked, I don’t think it makes much of a difference. These days you can find brie at most grocery stores.
The best part of this recipe is it’s really easy to customize. I love the combo of sweet and salty so I top the brie with jam and salty roasted pecans.
We love these strawberry preserves, but any jam, jelly, or spread would work. I really enjoy the sweet kick from preserves, but something savory like olive tapenade would be tasty, as well!
This can hardly be called a recipe, because the quantities aren’t super important. Just do what you like!
Perfect Baked Brie
1 large wheel of Brie
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
1/3 cup preserves, jam, or jelly
1/3 cup roasted and salted pecans or walnuts, roughly chopped
1 egg, beaten, plus one splash of water
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. On a floured working surface, unfold pastry and roll out into about a 12 inch by 12 inch square. You just need it large enough to wrap around the brie completely.
3. Place brie in the middle of the pastry, then make a few small scores on the top of the brie with a small paring knife.
4. Spoon the preserves over the top of the brie (don’t let any spill over the sides), then top with nuts.
5. Pull up the sides of the pastry around the brie, almost as if you are wrapping a gift basket. Pinch the edges of pastry together on top of the brie.
6. In a small bowl, beat the egg with a splash of water, then brush the pastry-wrapped brie with the egg mixture. You can also use this as “glue” if pieces of the pastry aren’t sticking together well.
7. Bake in prepared oven for 30-40 minutes until pastry is golden (this will vary depending on the size of brie). Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before digging in. Serve with a variety of fruit and crackers.