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Made these for brunch and they were the star of the show!

Asparagus and Brie Puff Pastry Recipe

Introduction:
There’s something about the tender green spears of asparagus that just hollers spring, and when you pair them with the creamy decadence of brie, all bundled up in a buttery puff pastry, well, you’ve got yourself a little piece of heaven on a plate. This recipe for Asparagus and Brie Puff Pastry is one of those crowd-pleasers that looks like you’ve slaved away in the kitchen for hours—but, between us, it’s as easy as pie (or should I say pastry?). It’s perfect for those special occasions like a Mother’s Day brunch or when you just want to add a little sophistication to your family dinner table.

Serving Suggestions:
Now, this dish is pretty rich, so I like to serve it with a simple side salad, perhaps with some fresh spring greens, a squirt of lemon juice, and a drizzle of olive oil—just enough to cut through the richness of the pastry. If you want to round out the meal, a bowl of chilled gazpacho or a light soup can be lovely, too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 bunch asparagus (about 15-20 spears), ends trimmed
  • 8 ounces brie cheese, rind removed and sliced
  • 1 egg, beaten for egg wash
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: Honey or balsamic glaze for drizzling

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll the puff pastry sheet into a rectangle about 1/8-inch thick, then transfer to your prepared baking sheet.
  3. Arrange the brie cheese slices down the center of the pastry, leaving a little border at each end.
  4. Place the trimmed asparagus on top of the brie, creating a bundle. It’s perfectly fine if some tips stick out; it gives the dish character!
  5. Fold the sides of the puff pastry over the asparagus and brie, and tuck under the ends to seal the cozy package.
  6. Brush the top of the pastry with the beaten egg for a beautiful golden finish.
  7. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and a luscious golden brown.
  9. Let it cool for a few minutes—trust me, it’s worth the wait—and then slice it into portions. If you’re feeling fancy, a drizzle of honey or balsamic glaze can do wonders.
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Variations & Tips:

  • For those with less adventurous palates (thinking of the little ones), simply substitute the brie with a more mild cheese like mozzarella.
  • Feel free to add some herbs like fresh thyme leaves or a sprinkle of garlic powder to the asparagus before baking for an extra pop of flavor.
  • If brie isn’t your thing, try goat cheese or even cream cheese for a different yet equally delightful tang.
  • And remember, darlings, puff pastry is like a canvas—feel free to add cooked bacon bits or a sprinkle of almonds on top for an added crunch.

FAQs:

  1. Can I prepare this dish ahead of time?
    Yes, you can assemble the puff pastry ahead of time and refrigerate it until ready to bake. Just make sure to brush with egg wash just before baking.
  2. Can I use fresh puff pastry instead of frozen?
    Absolutely! Just ensure it’s rolled out to the same thickness and adjust the baking time accordingly.
  3. Can I freeze leftovers?
    While this dish is best enjoyed fresh, you can freeze leftovers in an airtight container. Reheat in the oven for best results.