N is for Nibbles #AtoZChallenge

a-to-z-letters-nNibbling on appetizers, my favorite 🙂

One thing I really enjoy nibbling on is cheese because one of my first jobs was in the cheese department of a gourmet grocery store.  This is a very cool thing and very terrible (according to my waistline) because they taught me about soooo many cheeses that are absolutely delicious.  Oh well.  One of the things that I had to make at the market were baked bries.  We made all sorts, sweet and savory, decorated and not for the holidays.  Guess what my family now wants nearly every gathering?  I don’t decorate them, but I do make them and they are SUPER EASY!

Buy a smallish full round brie and some frozen puff pastry dough. Have an egg on hand and whatever you want to fill the brie with.  My family loves sauteed mushroom.  I sautee 8 oz sliced mushrooms in 2 Tbl butter and 1/2 tsp dried marjoram till they lose their water.  Let cool.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Let 1 sheet of puff pastry defrost. Use flour to roll it out. Cut brie in half lengthwise with a knife (I have used dental floss to recreate a cheese wire at home, but a knife and rotating the wheel is fine). It doesn’t have to look perfect because it will all melt anyway and will be covered in croute.  Put cooled mushrooms (or jam, fruit pieces, sundried tomato & pesto, sugared nuts or whatever you think will taste good) in the middle, cover with the other side of cheese.  Place in center of rolled dough.  Pull the sides together, remove any extra puff pastry. I sort of glue the fold together with a little egg white wash.  Place in a cook and serve container smooth side up.  Make sure your container has sides that will be able to handle some runny molten cheese, I often use a glass pie pan. Brush with egg white for pretty browning.  If you have time, let it sit in the fridge for a bit so that the puff pastry firms up a little to reduce the amount of cheese leakage.  Bake for around 30-45 minutes. It is done when the puff pastry is brown and there is usually a bunch of cheese bubbling on the sides.

Serve with a spoon for when it is hot, knife for later.  Bread, crackers and apple slices are all wonderful!

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17 Responses to N is for Nibbles #AtoZChallenge

  1. This recipe sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to try it. More around your waist is just more to love…at least that is what I’m going to tell myself when I dig in. 🙂

  2. Layla says:

    Yum. Cheese is awesome

  3. cleemckenzie says:

    Yours is the second site I’ve visited that all about yummy things to eat! I guess I’ll have to take a break and go to the kitchen to nibble on something.

  4. I am so gonna try this.

  5. *heads over to the fridge or a cheese cube*!!! It’s not Brie but you just made me want to eat some cheese right away 😛 will have o go cheese shopping soon!

  6. Ciara Knight says:

    Anything with a puff pastry is a winner!

  7. Janeal Falor says:

    I love nibbling on appetizers, too especially cheesy ones. I had no idea baked brie was so easy! Will have to give it ago next time I need a quick but yummy appetizer.

  8. jenniferbielman says:

    Sounds yummy. CHEESE!!! I love cheese, I like to buy kinds I never even heard of before and try them out.

  9. diannegray says:

    Good grief – this sounds absolutely wicked (and totally delicious!) 😀

  10. beckyday6 says:

    Hmm, I must admit I’ve never been a big cheese person. I only like the really mild stuff really which probably makes me boring, LOL.

    I do love New York cheesecake though!!

  11. Pete Denton says:

    I love nibbling on this type of food as well. Best way to eat. 🙂

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