All of my guys are huge fans of bacon and all things cheese-related. Why have we not made baked brie before????
I'm crediting pandemic monotony for finally shaking me out of a rut to try some new things to tantalize our taste buds during this perpetual food cycle we've been in for months.
At Thanksgiving, I experimented with a Maple Bacon Baked Brie and discovered it was SUPER EASY. If you haven't tried it yet, go for it! It's impressive when served yet doesn't take much time to prepare or involve many ingredients.
I looked at several different recipes on Pinterest to get a feel for the process, using a variety of technique tips and ingredient ideas.
I learned that you can basically stuff whatever you'd like into the pastry along with the brie. Fold it up and baste with a light egg wash.
Drizzle it with your favorite flavor of toppings, such as carmelized bacon bits and pecans. Bake at 400 until it's golden brown.
Served with an assortment of crackers, deli meat, and fruit it makes a hearty brunch!
We had another round of Brie during Christmas break. This time I cut the pastry and the Brie into smaller sections to make individual puffs.
We made some with bacon and carmelized walnuts. On other pastry squares I layered raspberry preserves in between small slices of brie, then folded up the pastry and pinched the seams tight. (The raspberry ones leaked during baking, so make sure they're on parchment paper, foil, or a silpat liner.)
~ ~ ~ My crew loved the personalized bites of savory & sweet! ~ ~ ~
When the presents were all unwrapped and we were saturated with the afterglow of giving, this was a delicious Christmas finale treat. It fortified us for an afternoon of cozy lounging around together, tucked into new books and gadgets.
So if you're looking for something simple & savory to add to your charcuterie for New Year's, go for this yumminess!
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