A family favorite that's an original twist on a well-known appetizer…great served with garlic and herb-flavored Pita Chips.
A food processor or blender is important to make the Pesto Saunce, but otherwise no special kitchen equipment is needed.
Roasted Pine Nuts and Pesto Sauce:
2-½ tablespoons Pine Nuts
2 ounces of fresh Basil leaves
A few baby Spinach Leaves
3 cloves of Garlic, pressed
¼ teaspoon of Sea Salt
4 tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
2 tablespoons of mature Pecorino Cheese, freshly grated
½ cup of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Baked Brie en Croute
17 ounces (one half package) of frozen Puff Pastry, thawed
One 8-ounce package of Brie Cheese Round
1-½ tablespoons Pine Nuts, roasted
2 tablespoons of the Pesto Sauce
Garlic Pita chips or Crostini
Roasted Pine Nuts:
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread all of the pine nuts (all 4 tablespoons) you will need for this recipe on a baking sheet; put the sheet in the heated oven for 3 or 4 minutes. This is to release the aroma and flavor on the nuts. Then, remove and cool.
Put the basil, spinach, garlic, 2-½ tablespoons of the cooled pine nuts, and salt in a food processor or blender; pulse a few times until the mixture becomes a paste, but be careful not to mix it too much. Mix in the grated cheeses and pour the oil in pulsing the food processor several times until all ingredients are mixed well together but again do not overdo it. Set the pesto aside.
Baked Brie en Croute:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Roll out the puff pastry on the baking sheet and place the brie round in the center of the puff pastry (leave the rind on the cheese if it comes with a rind). Place the pesto sauce on top of the cheese, and then place the remaining, toasted pine nuts (1-½ tablespoons) on top of the pesto sauce. Bundle the puff pastry up and around the cheese making sure that you pinch the edges of the puff pastry to hold it all together. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool for about 5 minutes. Serve with the pita chips, the crostini, or your favorite crackers.