Greetings people of earth. With today's post, I'm about to help you get your dinner party game on point. Not to mention, make it waaaayyy easier.

Here's the scenario: It's a Friday evening. You have a girls' night in planned at your place. Everyone is to bring a food dish and a bottle of wine. You're on your way home from work when you get stuck in traffic. But the time you get home, time is very short, and you only have about 30 minutes to throw something together before the ladies arrive. A fruit or veggie plate would be boring. You want something a bit more sophisticated. What do you do?

Well, my friends, if you've ever been in a situation like that (and even if you haven't), this post is for you. Brie en Croute is not only one of the most delicious appetizers on the planet, it also takes only about 30 minutes total to make (prep, cooking time and all). I first made Brie en Croute for a girls' night a few years ago and everyone fell in love with the dish. It has become a party staple recipe, and I've done quite a lot of experimenting with it over time.


The best advice I can give you when making this is to experiment. Very rarely do I make it the same way twice. I use a different jam/jelly almost every time, and every single one I've tried has been AMAZING! I love to vary it by season. Change up the dried fruit/nuts/etc. to compliment whatever jam you're using.

Here are a few combos I've made before that work well:
  • Raspberry jam, dried cranberries, sliced almonds (this is a good beginner Brie en Croute recipe, and is the first one I ever made)
  • Orange marmalade, dried cranberries, sliced almonds
  • Blueberry jam, dried blueberries, sliced almonds
  • Strawberry jam, fresh strawberries, sliced almonds
  • Pumpkin butter, chopped pecans
  • Onion jam, portabello mushrooms (savory)
  • Rum Island Butter, chopped macadamia nuts, unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Apple butter, chopped pecans (what I've used for this post)
I can vouch that all of the combinations above are absolutely delicious, and I highly recommend you try them. But don't be afraid to try your own. If you come up with something truly amazing, let me know about it in the comment section below. I'd love to try your creations!

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

~ Ingredients ~

1 pastry sheet, thawed
1 egg
1 Tbsp. water
Jam or jelly of your choice
Toppings of your choice (recommended chopped nuts and dried fruits)
1 (10 oz.) round Brie cheese
Crackers for serving

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

~ Directions ~

IMPORTANT: Thaw out pastry sheet beforehand. If you try to handle it while frozen it will break and you will be sad.

Preheat oven to 400° and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Roll the pastry sheet out on a flat surface. Use a knife to cut and round the corners so the pastry sheet is now a circle shape. Place the scraps aside for now (you will use them).

Grab your jelly/jam of choice. As stated above, I've used my Homemade Apple Butter this time around. Spread a healthy serving of the jam over the pastry crust, leaving about an inch of space around the edges. Sprinkle your nuts, dried fruit, etc over top of the jam. I used chopped pecans nuts for this particular combination.

Whisk together the egg and water. Use a pastry brush to spread a thin layer of the egg mixture around the edges of the pastry sheet (the area where you didn't spread jam).

Place the Brie round in the middle of the pastry sheet, fold the dough up over the cheese and seal. Turn the dough over so the seam is on the bottom. Brush the top of the dough ball with a little of the egg mixture. Take the extra dough you had set aside, pull it apart into small pieces and place on top. And your Brie en Croute is ready to go in the oven!

Bake this glorious creation for 20 minutes, or until it turns a golden brown color. If you poke it, the cheese should feel soft inside. That means it's melted.

Serve with crackers and your fancy dinner party appetizer is complete. Watch it quickly disappear as your guests devour.

And it was so easy! That'll be our little secret. You can let them think this dish was complicated and that you're actually a kitchen wizard.