Brie & Blackberry Puffs

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Brie cheese and blackberry jam are amazing together.  Add light, fluffy and buttery puff pastry, and you have yourself a quick heavenly appetizer.  I decided to be bold and try blue cheese.  Yep.  Blue cheese and blackberry jam do not go together.  Please ignore the block of blue cheese in all of these pictures.  I didn’t have much brie cheese left, and I hadn’t tasted the blue cheese and blackberry jam puff pastry yet, so I didn’t know that I wouldn’t be recommending not paring the two together.  So, maybe just put your finger over the blue cheese in the pictures and just pretend it’s not there.  Yep. That’ll be good.

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Ok.  So, this appetizer is utterly easy to prepare.  You need like 3 ingredients and your two hands.  Oh, and an oven and baking sheet.

Ingredients:

1 box puff pastry, just thawed enough but not overly thawed

1 block brie cheese

1 jar blackberry jam (with seeds, it’s better)

Directions:

Since I always overthaw my puff pastry I end up with this gooey mess of two sheets of puff pastry that don’t want to come apart even though the cardboard between the two sheets is supposed to prevent this.  SO. Don’t thaw your puff pastry for too long.  And, since mine is always overthawed (yep, just made another word up) I have to roll the sheets out and make a big mess.  Try to avoid this too.

1) Cut little blocks of the brie cheese.  Cut little squares of the puff pastry.  Place the little block of brie cheese in the middle of the little square of the puff pastry.  Smear a small spoonful of blackberry jam over the little block of cheese.

2) Pull the edges of the puff pastry over the cheese and jam.

3) Place on a greased baking sheet.

4) Do with remaining puff pastry.

5) Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve immediately.

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Ham & Cheese Puff

ham & cheese puff (3) WMI made this for a brunch – it had three types of cheese so of course it was great!

Ingredients:

1/4 pound Gruyere cheese, thinly sliced

1/4 pound Manchego cheese, thinly sliced

1/4 pound applewood smoked cheddar cheese, thinly sliced

1 pound sliced ham

2 sheets puff pastry, barely thawed

1-3 tablespoons dijon mustard

1 large egg, beaten

Directions:

1. Carefully unroll both sheets of the puff pastry – place one on a parchment paper lined cooking sheet and set the other one aside.

2. Spread a thin layer of the dijon mustard on the puff pastry on the cooking sheet.

3. Layer the cheese and ham making sure to mix up the cheese.

4. Place the second puff pastry sheet on top of the ham and cheese, press the edges of both puff pastry sheets together.

5. With a cooking brush, brush the beaten egg all over the top of the puff pastry.

6. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes.

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