Creamy brie gets stuffed into fresh in-season figs and then wrapped into puff pastry for this simple but easy appetizer bite perfect for tailgating or a light afternoon bite.
So I guess it’s football season again right? I have no clue, I don’t really pay attention to sports but I hear rumblings of tailgating food around my world right now and that does get my attention. I’m so bad about these things, especially because it’s tailgating food – chips, dips, wings, chips. . .who doesn’t like it? I just don’t really plan for it.
Instead, here I am going ooh figs! It’s fig season again, I’ll make an appetizer with those because that’s what people will serve while watching people run up and down a field after a little ball (sorry, like I said not a sports person). Don’t you think it’s time we high brow our food a little bit? After all, we’ve got the cheese and something crispy happening with the puff pastry – so I might have snuck in figs, slightly unusual but absolutely delicious.
In all honesty, I wasn’t thinking football or tailgating when I made these little puff pastry bites up. I was thinking this would be a fantastic combination and ridiculously simple to put together for fall entertaining.
Rosh Hashanah is around the corner and these would make a perfect start to your festive meal as figs are traditionally represented as a symbolic food for the new season. As strange as it sounds but I always thought of fall as the start of a new year and fresh start more so than in January. Who wants to start fresh in the middle of winter anyway when it’s freezing outside? Let’s do it in between the seasons of summer and fall instead.
So now that I’ve gone completely off topic here from where I started, let’s just end on the fact that you really should pick up some figs at the market and make these Brie Stuff Fig Puff Pastry Bites. As I said, simple to make by just a little cut in the center of the figs to stuff in your brie and then wrapping the puff pastry all around the figs to seal it up. A quick egg wash and pop into the oven for 20 minutes and you have golden brown, incredible smelling appetizers ready to go. I like to serve mine with a little drizzle of honey on the side but I’ll leave that decision up to you.
- 1 sheet puff pastry - thawed, cut into 9 squares
- 9 fresh figs
- 2 ounces brie, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
- 1 egg for egg wash
- Heat your oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- On a lightly floured surface, very gently roll out your puff pastry so that any creases disappear and cut it into 9 even squares.
- Remove the stem from your figs and cut an X at the top. Press a piece of brie into the fig, pushing it down into the center and close up the fig as much as possible.
- Take a puff pastry square and wrap it around the fig, twisting it at the top to seal. Place on the baking sheet and repeat with the remaining figs.
- In a small bowl, whisk the egg with a teaspoon of water to make the egg wash and brush on top of the puff pastry bites.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
- Optional: Serve the puff pastry with a bowl of honey to drizzle on top.
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What a genius idea! Puff pastry is such a marvelous invention and you’ve taken it to new heights. Fresh figs are a great fall treat and this recipe lets them shine even while it covers them up.
I first had fresh figs from a farm share (say that 3xfast) but now I forage for figs from the tree in an alley.
These bites look awesome, and the flavor . . . I bet it’s terrific.
I love Autumn and what a great idea to look at it as the start of a new year. I adore figs, I’m like a little piggy when figs are around, I can shamelessly eat them non stop. Wrapped in puff with ooey, gooey Brie delicious just doesn’t cut it. Brilliant recipe. Sammie http://www.feastingisfun.com
Fig + brie = my fav combo ever!
Definitely want to try this recipe sometime this fall.