Possibly one of the worst things about being in your 20’s and no longer living in a college dorm is that you suddenly feel an obligation to contribute something to Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Gone are the days of running to Safeway for your Mom on Christmas Eve and IN are the days of cooking things your damn self.
When I decide on recipes to make, 90% of my choices depend on what cooking shit I have in my kitchen. For example, I am 24 years old, own one baking sheet, and sure as hell don’t own a rolling pin. You get the picture.
With that, I am here with a super easy, five ingredient Baked Brie appetizer that is the perfect contribution to holidays meals.
I started off with this recipe from God’s gift to baking, Pillsbury, and added in a few of my own adjustments.
- 1 tube of eight Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
- 16oz round of brie
- 1 small can of whole berry cranberry sauce
- 1 brown pear, thinly sliced
- 1 egg, for egg wash
First, preheat your over to 350. Pop (literally) open your tube of crescent rolls. For the base, you will want to use half (four triangles) of the dough and then set the other half aside. Work the perforations together with your fingers and do your best to flatten the dough. Use a rolling pin if you have one or a wine bottle if you are poor. Place the flattened square of dough on a greased baking sheet and put your entire round of brie in the center. Take your thinly sliced pears and arrange them so they are covering the entire top of the brie round and follow by topping the pears with a few spoonfuls of the whole berry cranberry sauce. Once you have your brie topped and ready to go, pull the corners of the dough together so they meet in the center.
Once the dough is somewhat secured in the center, now it’s time for the fun part! Take the remainder of your dough and get creative. I used mine to create two braids, which I ran across the top. Once you have your designs prepped and added to the brie, cover all dough with a brush of egg wash. I had to do this with a spoon because I don’t own a basting brush.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Garnish with fruit, crackers, or anything you like. I opted for grapes. Tag #TGSEats & enjoy!