Saturday, February 1, 2014

Baked Brie En Croute

Looking for a last minute app that is sure to be a touch down this weekend?  This luscious, rich, and sinfully decadent treat is worth abandoning the "healthier" version of anything!!  Served at room temperature with stone wheat crackers on the side, and paired with anything from light beer to a fine wine...you will surely score with this creation!  Enjoy!!  Go Bears! ;)

Ingredients:
  • 1 wheel of brie (available in your supermarket's cheese section--you can get a decent wheel of brie for around $15)
  • 1 frozen pastry crust
  • 1/4 C mixed olives, chopped (most supermarkets have olive bars, choose a variety of them, and be sure to de-pit)
  • 1/4 C grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 T capers
  • 1 T salted butter, melted
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place frozen pastry crust in refrigerator overnight.
  2. Remove pastry crust from refrigerator 1 hour prior to cooking and set on counter to come to room temperature.
  3. Remove brie from package and set on counter for 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven according to cooking directions on frozen pastry dough.
  5. Wrap 1 sheet of pastry crust around brie (there will be a gap in the center)
  6. Brush pastry dough with melted butter.
  7. Cook pastry wrapped brie according to directions on the package (typically 20 minutes at 400 degrees).
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least one to two hours.
  9. In a sauté pan, add olive oil and garlic over a medium high heat.
  10. When garlic becomes a golden brown color, add tomatoes, olives, capers, salt and pepper.
  11. Drizzle mix in the center of the brie.
  12. Cut the brie as you would a pie, and serve with stone ground crackers.