In this post I am sharing how to make a Holiday Brie en Croute.
What is Brie en Croute? It’s just a fancy pants way of saying a wheel of brie baked in some type of pastry. 😉 A refrigerated pie crust or puff pastry work well for this.
This is a super easy and delicious appetizer that can be adapted for any special occasion gathering and it dresses up so well for the holidays with colorful cranberry.
Serve alongside a platter of crostini or crackers and watch the smiles as folks dig into this wonderful appetizer. Personally, I prefer serving with the small toasted crostini bread pieces because they are more sturdy.
Easy and Elegant Holiday Appetizer Recipes
Preparing holiday appetizers does not have to be a complicated process. There are many recipes that are quick, easy and delicious…like this baked Brie en Croute.
Here are a few more appetizer recipes you might enjoy: Southern Jezebel Sauce with Cream Cheese Appetizer, Southern Grape Jelly Meatball Appetizers, Jalapeno Bacon Dip or Cream Cheese Sausage Balls.
These recipes work well for any special occasion gathering, sporting events or a wine party with friends.
How to Eat Brie
Brie is a soft cheese that is made from cow’s milk. It is perfectly delicious served just as it is with crackers or part of a charcuterie board with meats and fruits.
A wheel of brie will come in a rind, which is edible. In fact…you’re supposed to eat the rind too but it is up to you if you’d rather not partake.
Baked brie is a favorite for my appetizer menu. The warm melted cheese is perfect on cool winter evenings.
How Do You Make Brie en Croute?
Preparing Brie en Croute is very easy. In fact it is one of the easiest appetizers you’ll ever make.
Here’s what you’ll need: refrigerated pie crust (or puff pastry dough), a wheel of brie, and egg, a smidgen of water and to top things off…some homemade cranberry sauce. The cranberry sauce is completely optional but it adds so much holiday color and works so well with the brie.
You’ll also want some crostini for serving, which can be store bought or homemade.
Brie en Croute Cranberry
Prepare the basic cranberry sauce the day before and refrigerate. Although you’ll only need a small amount of the cranberry sauce, the leftovers may be frozen until needed for your holiday dinner.
Okay, let’s prepare this appetizer!
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 1: Allow the refrigerated pie dough to warm to room temperature, then roll it out on the lined baking sheet. Place the wheel of brie cheese in the center of the pie dough and fold up all of the edges, slightly pinching them together to ensure it stays in place.
Step 2: Make an egg wash with 1 egg whisked together with a teaspoon of water (or milk) until combined. Use a pastry brush to glaze the pie dough with the egg wash.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.
Transfer to a serving dish and top with the cranberry sauce. Garnish with fresh rosemary and cranberries if desired for a festive holiday look and serve alongside crostini.
Baked Brie in Pie Crust
There are many delicious options for serving this baked brie appetizer. Instead of cranberry, try it with candied pecans, fig jam, apple slices, honey…or other favorite nuts and fruits.
Brie en Croute
- 1 Refrigerated Pie Crust
- 8 oz Wheel of Brie
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Water
- 1/2 c Fresh Cranberry Sauce (optional)
- Crostini, for serving
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Unroll the pie crust on the baking sheet.
Place the wheel of brie in the center of the pie crust dough.
Fold up all edges around the wheel of brie. Pinch together edges if needed to hold in place.
Prepare an egg wash with an egg and teaspoon of water whisked together.
Brush the egg wash on the outside edges of the pie crust.
Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
Top with fresh cranberry sauce, if desired, and serve with crostini or crackers.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 65 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 13mg Sodium: 71mg Carbohydrates: 6g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 3g Protein: 2g