Jalapeno, Peach, Pancetta and Basil Baked Brie

Every woman needs a handful of recipes that are flexible, easy to pull off and yet beautiful and tasty to impress guests or hostesses. Whether you are hosting a party or attending and bringing a dish you want people talking about what you brought. A good dip recipe is great to have, especially once you master the basics of it and can start improvising with flavors like swapping out parmesan for gouda, chard for spinach or adding jalapeno or thai chilis. Once you have the basics down you can get super creative and create something specialized to your event, or just something that will help you clean out the fridge.

Baked brie is one of those things for me. It’s really pretty hard to mess it up and the options are almost endless when it comes to flavors and fillings. This Jalapeno, Peach and Pancetta on is one of my favorites because I am such a sucker for mixing sweet and savory and spicy all into one. This dish nails that combo. But the beauty of this is that you could just use bacon, or get fancy with proscuitto,  ditch the jalapeno and add some balsamic, or use pineapple instead of peach- whatever your little heart desires. Or you could jump over to my Spicy Cranberry and Cream Cheese Dip and make that too.

I almost always have puff pastry in the freezer because it has so many uses. You can use it as pizza crust, cover pot pies with it, make homemade toaster strudels, a pie, beef wellington…just stuff something inside and bake and viola! Use whatever jam or preserve you want, or just simmer some fresh fruit and sugar to make your own. Just make sure that you take the puff pastry out of the freezer and move it to the fridge the night before and don’t try to force it when it’s still frozen or you will crack it and ruin the prettiness. Also, brushing with egg wash is a must, it is what gives it that shiny golden  and crispy finish instead of dull and soft one.

I like to cut a strip off the side of the sheet before wrapping up the brie and make it into a flower for decoration, it’s not entirely necessary, but adds such a nice touch…

One last thing- I am currently obsessed with this Ayers Body Butter in Patagonia. It smells heavenly and is nice and thick and creamy but doesn’t leave hands too oily. What is your can’t live without moisturizer?

Jalapeno, Peach, Basil, and Pancetta Baked Brie | Glitter It Goldv

Jalapeno, Peach, Bacon and Basil Baked Brie | Glitter It Gold
Jalapeno, Peach, Pancetta and Basil Baked Brie
Print Recipe
This Jalapeno, Peach, Basil, and Pancetta Baked Brie perfectly combines sweet, savory, and spicy all into one texture lovers dream of an appetizer.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Jalapeno, Peach, Bacon and Basil Baked Brie | Glitter It Gold
Jalapeno, Peach, Pancetta and Basil Baked Brie
Print Recipe
This Jalapeno, Peach, Basil, and Pancetta Baked Brie perfectly combines sweet, savory, and spicy all into one texture lovers dream of an appetizer.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: loaf
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Saute pancetta or bacon in a non stick pan over medium heat until it begins to brown and crisp, drain on a paper towel.
  3. Roll out the pastry dough a little, cut 1/2" off the side of the sheet and set aside.
  4. Spread 1/2 of the peach preserves onto the center of the pastry, sprinkle with 1/2 of the pancetta, 1/2 of the jalapeno, and 1/2 of the basil.
  5. Place the full wheel of brie in the center of the pastry, top with the other half of the peach preserves, pancetta, basil and jalapeno.
  6. Beginning at the end, roll the reserved piece of puff pastry dough at a slight angle and pull out portions so that it resembles a rose. Place the rose in the center of the brie wheel and begin pulling the dough corners up over the brie and tucking into and under the rose, pinching to seal.
  7. Using a pastry brush, brush the entire pastry with the egg wash. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Your Homebased Mom.

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Truffle Honey and Brie Toast

Sometimes when I have a stressful day at work, it takes me a little while to unwind before I can start cooking. Which is odd becuase usually cooking is my form of relaxing and unwinding. But on some days I am just too hungry and tired and wired from my day that dinner seems like this gigantic, monster of a feat that I just don’t have the energy to begin. Enter glass of wine and fancy (yet ridiculously easy) snack to pamper myself a little before tackling dinner. These snacks usually consist of a cheese, a spread or sauce or jam or preserve, a vehicle, and a flavorful/decorative finishing touch. Today I made these, and Oh. My. Goodness. Delicious. Toasted sourdough topped with a slice of brie, a drizzle of truffle honey, a sprinkling of toasted pistachios, and pinch of fresh cracked black pepper. Stick it back in the toaster over for a minute to get the brie all nice and melty.Truffle Honey Brie Toasts with Pistachios- Glitter It Gold

This would be good as baked brie too. Just spoon the honey over a piece of brie (rind removed) in a baking dish and bake until gooey and soft, top with pistachios and serve with a plate of crackers or toasts.Truffle Honey Brie Toasts with Pistachios- Glitter It Gold

I have been working on a Creamy Roasted Garlic Balsamic Vinaegrette for you. But I need pictures, and pictures requires me to photograph when it’s light out, and making it and having light just haven’t happened at the same time yet. Anyways, my point in telling you this is one ingredient in the dressing is Truffle Honey. The stuff is heaven in a jar, but rather expensive. So, as encouragement for you to get some, I figured I would give you a few recipes that use it, so you know, it’s a little more worth it. I’ll get my act together and get you the dressing recipe soon and some more details on the truffle honey. But for now I am going to finish this wine and toast because my brain hurts, make burgers for dinner and go straight to bed. After an episode of House of Cards. or three. (don’t judge). Goodnight.