How to Make Brie en Croûte

Eddie Ross shows us how to assemble this fancy appetizer in just minutes.

Brie en Croute

As winter lingers on (and on and on), here's a simple, stylish hors d'oeuvre I like to serve fireside, along with a pretty dip and crudités plus lots of good red wine.

The fancy French term for this appetizer is Brie en Croûte, but I prefer the more Pepperidge-y name, Brie in puff pastry. Sure, you could spend hours making your own puff pastry from scratch, and when I was in culinary school, believe me, I did. But sometimes, you just can't beat the convenience (and buttery goodness) of store-bought puff pastry when entertaining. Now add to that a creamy Brie, sweet apricot preserves, and easy embellishments anyone can do.

Consider yourself warned: Perfect this little number, and you'll be the talk of the town. "What can I bring?" you'll ask. "Ooooooo," they'll say. "How about that cheesy, tangy, melt-in-your-mouth goodness all wrapped up in one pretty little package?"

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