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Merry Christmas Eve everyone! Like I mentioned in Figgy Goodies Part I, the Holidays can be a super-hectic time, with all the gift-shopping, tree-decorating, and dare I say…potluck parties! Picture this Holiday Scenario X:

Brian: Honey, what are you making for the potluck party?
Me: What potluck party? We just went to 4 this past month!
Brian: You know, the one my
Boss is throwing? I told him you’re an awesome chef and you’ll be making something that’s going to charm their pants off.
Me: Er…when is it?
Brian: In 2 hours.
Me: Shit…

It’s during times like this when I turn to panic saving tricks. Things like ready-made crust/dough/sauce will save tons of time when you find yourself in this Holiday bind! I suddenly remembered that a few weeks ago, the kind folks at MyBlogSparkoffered me vouchers for the Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations. We’re all familiar with the cute-sy crescent rolls that magically appear in the oven, but these flaky, buttery wonders can also be used for dishes like this Baked Brie with Figs, Dark Chocolate, and Almonds. It’s a simple, elegant dish that will impress your guests but only takes half an hour to whip up.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 package of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls or Crescent Recipe Creation (seamless dough sheets)
  • 1 wheel of Brie (*note: I used a wedge, because the truth is, Brian’s Boss lives in Italy and we didn’t really have to go to his potluck party that night so I didn’t think it would be good for our digestive systems to consume a whole WHEEL of Brie. Yes, the scenario above was for dramatization purposes!)
  • 1 handful of Figs, cut into tiny little chunks
  • 1 handful of Almonds, crushed.
  • 1 handful of Chocolate shavings (I used Valrhona dark)
  • 1 egg, beaten

And Bring us Some Figgy Baked Brie:

  • Mix together the figs, almonds, and chocolate

  • Cut the Brie in half. Then cut horizontally into the cheese and stuff the fig/chocolate/almond goodies inside
  • Take the package of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (If you have a pkg created for the rolls, there will be perforations. Make sure you seal them). Wrap over the Brie like you would with any pastry dough.
  • Brush the top with the egg mixture, stick it in the oven and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
  • Bring to your holiday party and delight everyone’s’ tastebuds with the juicy figs & nutty almonds mingled in the gooey goodness of melted chocolate & brie!

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