Baked Brie with Cranberries
Likes it with: Mer Soleil Chardonnay
One of my favorite holiday or special occasion appetizers is baked bried. It is warm, gooey and delicious and makes the whole house smell good. This recipe is easy and people will marvel over your cooking skill, funny if you read on..... The only down side of this recipe is it's not quite healthy, but it's definitely not an everyday treat.
Gather the ingredients and tools you need to prepare baked bried. You will need:
- Two packages crescent roll dough (I used Pillsbury's light version)
- One wedge of brie cheese (cold), sliced into 1 inch thick pieces
- Two handfuls of dried cranberries (I used plain Craisins)
- Non stick cooking spray or butter, depending on dough instructions
- Cookie sheet
- Light flour for dusting the dough when you roll it out
- Two eggs beaten (for coating)
Step 2 - Assemble
Rollout the dough and keep the two packages separate. One will be the bottom and the other will be the top. Use light flour as needed to keep dough from sticking. Make sure there are no holes in the dough.
Put one piece of dough on your cookie sheet and cover with your brie slices. Ensure you are spreading the slices evenly and leave a 1.5 inch border around the edges because you will need to "close" you baked brie with the top layer of dough.
When you roll out the top piece. save a little bit of dough for decorative purposes. I like to use little leaf cookie cutters to put some shape and decoration on the top. You can use any pattern or other holiday cookie cutters, assuming you are using the little ones.
Spread cranberries around your brie, ensuring even coverage.
Top with the other piece of dough and pinch the edges all the way around to seal the baked bried.
Decorate with shapes made from the extra dough. Cover with the egg mixture.
Step 3 - Bake
Cook your baked bried according to the instructions provided on the dough you're using. Make sure the dough has a nice warm brown color and that no cheese has leaked (to keep your oven clean and avoid the small of burnt cheese).
Once done, cool the baked brie for a few minutes.
Step 4 - Serve and enjoy!
Place the warm baked brie on a serving plate and serve with a knife. I'm sure it will vanish quickly!