Sunday, December 2, 2007

Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with Honey-Walnut Sauce

Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with Honey-Walnut Sauce

This is a special warm appetizer that is very rich and delicious. You can buy the puff pastry Delaurenti's Market in Seattle (or make your own). Great for a small cocktail party for 4-6 people. Goes with any big red wine.

1 sheet frozen puffed pastry, thawed
1 8-ounce wedge or round Brie cheese
1 egg, beaten (for glaze)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll out puff pastry to about a 12 inch square. Place cheese on pastry and fold over to seal completely. Pinch all edges together, remove excess dough and use as decoration on top. Be artistic, it will work. Use fork to press all seams completely together. Transfer pastry-wrapped Brie to baking sheet and brush pastry with egg wash. Bake Brie about 18 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.
Meanwhile, combine butter, honey and garlic in small sauce pan over low heat. Stir until butter melts (about 2-5 minutes) and set aside off the heat. When cheese is done, spread sauce on nice serving plate, sprinkle all the nuts and parsley over the entire plate, place cheese in the center of the plate. Serve with cheese knife and individual small plates and forks.

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