For those of you looking for a way to easily bring your next dinner party or pregame to the next level, I have the perfect recipe for you—and it only takes half an hour to make!

Since I no longer enjoy the delicacies of giant Italian meals every Sunday, my mom constantly sends me recipes to remind me of home that are easy enough to make in my apartment. 

My most recent and favorite thus far was a baked brie recipe. Not only is it easy to make, but it tastes good enough to be a fixture on any fine-dining Philly restaurant's menu. I tried it out last week and I was tempted to eat the whole plate in one go. This is the perfect thing to make to impress your guests (or yourself).

So here’s what you’ll need:

And here’s what to do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Get a glass or ceramic pie dish and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. 
  3. Open your Crescent Dough, and lay out onto the sheet. Alternatively, if you’re using Crescent Rolls, make sure to pinch together or smooth out the perforations so that it resembles a sheet.
  4. Then, place the wheel of brie cheese in the center of the sheet of dough. 
  5. Onto the raspberry jelly. Scoop out a few spoonfuls of the jelly and put it on top of the brie. I did about three very generous spoonfuls, but you can alter this depending on how sweet you want the dish. The jelly will lose some of its sweetness in the cooking process. Use the back of the spoon to spread out the jelly evenly across the top of the cheese wheel.
  6. If you're adding almonds, do so now. Sprinkle the slivered almonds on top of the jelly—a light dusting. 
  7. Fold the edges of the dough sheet over the circle of brie. Once the brie is covered, cut or tear away any excess dough so that it bakes evenly. That being said, make sure all parts of the brie are covered.
  8. Place the covered brie in the middle of the baking dish, and put the dish in the oven.
  9. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the outside is golden brown.

10. Remove from oven, and use a spatula to transfer to a serving dish. Allow the dish to cool for 10 minutes, and then serve immediately—this is best enjoyed hot! 

When you cut into it, the brie will ooze out. I would also recommend serving it with some crackers or fruit, like apple slices, which perfectly complements the flavor profiles of this appetizer. A crowd-pleaser, this dish is a perfect way to impress your guests without needing any culinary knowledge. Thank you, Mom, for this great recipe!


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