Baked Brie. It’s what I want, and what I chose to eat on this lovely “eat what you want” day.
Baked brie and I have a history. I ate it in my single days as a dinner on toasted french bread, and i often substitute it for a meal when my husband is away!
When we lived in Kingsville and my husband was spending the weekened away at a tailhook convention, I made a little Walmart trip (it was legitimately one of the only stores in town) to prepare for my Saturday evening. I picked up three True Blood books (once you start reading about that Sookie Stackhouse it will be hard to stop- think an adult version of Twilight), some puff pastry dough and a roll of brie. The strange cashier, who was one of the most awkward teens I had seen in while, braces, acne, star wars stickers on his badge… need I say more, took one look at my items and declared loudly:
Walmart dude: “WOAH that is one giant roll of cheese. You are not going to eat all of that by yourself, are you?!”
Me: “Um well, ya, maybe… yes.”
Walmart dude: “So you are buying this giant roll of cheese for yourself and reading these crazy vampire books? I feel like I am in some sort of movie”.
My inner monologue begins: “WHAT you feel like you are in a movie? I feel like I am on candid camera! Is this a test of being nice and friendly to weird and awkward strangers? You are grilling me over cheese and books! Granted, the books have names like Dead as a Doornail, Dead After Dark… maybe he thinks I am in a cheese vampire cult? Thank goodness I did not by any feminine products or a bra! Can you imagine the questions then?”
Anyway, I managed to be friendly and chuckle at my giant cheese eating habit and I proudly walked out of that Walmart, promptly went home and ate that whole roll of cheese, without any shame.
Back to the recipe…This is a SIMPLE, delicious appetizer, heavy snack or dessert. It is also perfect to bring to a meeting or afternoon tea (who am I kidding, who has an afternoon tea?). This goes fabulously with wine and fruit!
Preheat your oven to 350°.
I cheated and used a package of crescent rolls instead of puff pastry dough, which can be found in the frozen pie section of your grocery store. Either work just fine!! I laid the crescent rolls on a flat surface in the shape of a rectangle and pinched the seams together.
Then, cut your brie in half and pile each half high with whatever you please! I used about 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and some slivered almonds (place the toppings on the “sticky side” not the waxy side). This is also excellent with jams, jellies and dried fruit!
Put the halves of your brie back together and place it in the middle of your puff pastry. Fold the pastry dough around the brie, making sure to pinch together any holes. Melt 1/2 tbs of butter and brush over the pastry dough (you can also use an egg white for this, but who doesn’t like a little extra butter with their baked cheese?). Bake for 15 minutes un covered then cover the cheese with aluminum foil so the top doesn’t get too brown and bake for another 15 minutes. Meanwhile, slice up some fruit (I love this with apples) and get ready to
chow down share this with someone you love.
We did not like this at all, clearly seen in the photo below… I think I might need to make it again to perfect it…
What will you be eating on this National Eat What You Want Day!?