Sunday, December 25, 2011

Baked Brie with Cherries, Pecans and Rosemary

I made this delicious appetizer for our Christmas appetizer. It was a huge hit and was gone in about 15 minutes. Everyone was asking for the recipe. I should have made three!

1 egg, beat in a small bowl
1 tablespoon water
1/3 cup dried cherries, soften in warm water for 20 minutes, then drain
1/4 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1 puff pastry sheet (1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package), thawed
1 (15-ounce) Brie cheese round

Heat the oven to 400°F. In a small bowl, mix together the cherries, pecans, honey and rosemary.

Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Spoon the cherry mixture in the center of the sheet. Top with the cheese. Fold the pastry corners up over the cheese, pressing corners of sheet together. Using a spatula, carefully flip the wrapped cheese and place seam-side down onto a baking sheet. Brush the top with the egg mixture. (Optional, decorate the top with the any extra pastry scraps and additional rosemary.)

Bake for 25 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Let stand for 45 minutes (otherwise the cheese will just pour out if you cut into it too soon). Serve with the crackers or a sliced baguette.

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