Mini Baked Brie en Croute

Mini Baked Brie en Croute is an elegant but surprisingly simple appetizer made with mini wheels of cheese and frozen puff pastry.

You’ve probably seen these cute individual Brie cheese rounds, they’re adorable, and I always pick them up and then put them back on the shelf when I realize I haven’t a clue what I’d do with them.  Well, good news, I figured out what we can do, and it’s really easy and perfect for guests.  Trader Joe’s sells them in packages of 5 for a reasonable price.  The rind on these minis is very mild, so there’s no sharpness to them, and they’re very creamy.  Of course you can eat them as is, but this is so much more fun and more impressive.

These are miniature whole rounds of Brie cheese, complete with their rind.  They come in their own little containers so they stay fresh for a long time.

The little mini cheese gets encased in puff pastry and baked until golden.  These are two-bite appetizers that will please everyone.

I know you have a box of frozen puff pastry in your freezer.  Everybody does.  Take a sheet out and thaw it, either overnight, or on the counter for about an hour until it’s pliable.  One of the perks of buying pre-made dough like this is that it’s very user friendly.

I just rolled out the sheet a little bit, into a 12×12 square, and then cut that into sixteen 3″ squares, and then set the little Brie, which are about 1 1/2″ diameter, in the center of each.

Bring the corners up around the Brie, stretching a bit, and twist them to secure.  The cheese is fully encased in its rind, so no worries about it melting out.

Brushing with an egg and water mixture helps them get golden brown in the oven.

The crust gets crispy and the cheese melts inside the rind, so when you bite into one it oozes out.  They’re great.  

Serve these with a spicy or sweet and spicy condiment, like Spicy Mango Persimmon Chutney, Plum Chutney, Habanero Peach Jam, or Hot Pepper Cranberry Jam, or whatever your favorite is.

You can make these ahead, without baking, and keep in the refrigerator.  Bake when needed.

It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Friday: Mini Brie en Croute

Yield: makes 16

It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Friday: Mini Brie en Croute

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet thawed puff pastry
  • 16 mini Brie rounds
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 Tbsp water for brushing

Instructions

  1. set oven to 400F
  2. When the pastry has thawed, lay it out on a floured surface. Roll it out gently into a 12x12 square. You can use your hands at the end to get it just right. Cut the sheet into sixteen 3" squares.
  3. Lay a Brie round in the center of each square, and bring up the corners to meet in the middle. You can do a little stretching--- it won't tear the dough. Twist the ends together to secure.
  4. Set the pastries on a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet and lightly brush with the egg mixture.
  5. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the pastries are golden browned.
  6. Serve hot with your favorite jam.
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Cheers!

 

20 Comments

  • Reply
    Betsi
    October 30, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I’ve used packaged croissant dough. It works just as well, I believe.

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      Sue
      October 30, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks for the tip Betsi.

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    Kay
    December 30, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    You really gave me a good laff about having a pkg of puff pastry in the freezer….. mine has been there for at least 6 mos…….. now I have a reason to use it. Thanks for the great recipe & amazing pics.

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    li da dai dai hua
    September 5, 2013 at 2:44 am

    The View from Great Island | It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Friday: Mini Brie en Croute

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    RC1956
    June 14, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    By the way, can’t get the mini bries here in Elkins, West Virginia. How many ounces are in the minis so I can guess how much to use from the wheel?

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    RC1956
    June 14, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Made the cream cheese/hot pepper jelly ones last week for a party in phyllo shells. Went over very well. We were actually discussing using other cheese like brie and jam, and a mozzarella ball and marinara. Such a versatile recipe.

    Really love brie. These are so pretty too. Thanks for the idea.

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    l o v e l y t h i n g s
    February 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    making these again for a Super Bowl party my daughter is going to…along with a little Pepper Jelly from Trader Joe’s. When I gave Madeline some options…this was the one she picked without hesitation!

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    l o v e l y t h i n g s
    December 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    You know how people say they always have mustard and champagne?…well I always have mini brie from Trader Joe’s and puff pastry at all times…and never once did it occur to me to put them together! I’m making these asap! I love your ideas, your writing and your gorgeous photos! Although I’m super hungry at the moment and this is not helping!
    xo
    annie

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    December 23, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I love brie en croute and love your mini versions! I’m going to look for those minis next time I’m at TJs :)

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    grace
    December 23, 2012 at 10:13 am

    that’s a mouthful of brie, and i like it! dainty, tasty little treats, sue. :) happy holidays!

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    December 23, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I love these. What a cool idea. I am at TJ’S at least twice a week. I will have to look more closely in their cheese section.

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    December 22, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    No! I have not seen these little bries! I’m on a mission to find some. Love your mini’s. I must have them. :)

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    Sue/the view from great island
    December 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks, Monique—and I love the cookies you posted today!

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    Claudia
    December 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Just bought some rounds today. Will be doing this Christmas Eve.

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    La Table De Nana
    December 21, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Love the minis:) Great idea!

    Peace~

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    December 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Omg you are reading my mind again! I love brie and yes, those mini’s are so cute but so…impractical. Well, until this recipe! :) I have to have one of these! And I love love love hot pepper jelly. I taught myself to can because I had to start canning & making my own b/c the TJ’s is seasonal and by May I’ve run out of my stockpile. Lol Great recipe, Sue!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      December 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Brie just begs for really spicy sweet jams and jellies. Wish I could have a taste of your hot pepper jelly, I’m always disappointed at how commercial brands lack a really good hot ‘kick’.

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