You’ll want to serve this beautiful baked gruyère in something that can catch all the oozy, cheesy goodness, and a side of sliced baguette.
It’s also a good idea to serve it with both a cheese knife and a spoon so guests can scoop all of the yumminess onto their bread.
Is it rude to eat all of your own appetizers and leave almost nothing for your guests? I should probably care, right?
I had a lovely little cocktail party with a few friends recently, and didn’t have enough treats for a cheese plate. Luckily, I did have some left over puff pastry, a gruyère and some fancy raspberry preserves I got at my local farmer’s market.
I picked up a baguette on my way home from work, and ta da! A cocktail party snack that feeds 6! (Well… after I’ve had my share, maybe 3).
To ensure that your gruyère is perfectly ooily, gooily delicious when you’re guests arrive, here’s a tip:
Pop it in the oven to bake 25 minutes before your guests are supposed to arrive. Then, if they’re a little fashionably late, simply remove it, lightly cover it with foil, then turn off the oven and pop it back in with the heat off. It will stay perfectly warm and won’t over cook.
You might also want to place your sliced baguette in there with it so the bread is nicely toasted. It should stay perfect in the oven for about 30 minutes. Serve as soon as they roll in.
Baked Gruyere – Step by Step
1. Preheat your oven to 375 F. Lay the puff pastry down on a flour-sprinkled flat surface. You might want to pull and flatten it a bit more than it already is. You don’t want the pastry to be too thick.
2.-3. Spoon about ¼th of a cup of preserves in a little circle in the center that’s the size of your gruyère. Sprinkle a small handful of the shaved almonds on the preserves.
4.- 6. Place the gruyère right on top of your tasty little mess and pull the puff pastry sides up to make a little package around the gruyère.
7. There will probably be some excess pastry, which you don’t want, so cut some of it away, and use it to cut pretty little shapes to place on top. I made little hearts for this one.
8. Flip your gruyère over so the top is the side with no seems. Then place your little cookie cut shapes on top, and brush the entire thing with a beaten egg. Place on a pan or oven-safe dish, and pop it in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
When it’s all done, serve with a fresh cut baguette.
Here Are a Few More Appetizer Ideas for Your Next Party:
Beautiful Baked Gruyère
- 1 gruyère
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- ¼ cup raspberry preserves
- ¼ cup shaved almonds
- 1 egg - beaten
- flour - for sprinkling surface
- Preheat oven to 375 F. Lay 1 sheet of puff pastry down on a flour-sprinkled flat surface. You might want to pull and flatten it a bit more than it already is. You don't want the pastry to be too thick.
- Spoon about ¼ cup of raspberry preserves in a little circle in the center that’s the size of your Gruyère. Sprinkle a small handful of shaved almonds on the preserves.
- Place the Gruyère right on top of your tasty little mess and pull the puff pastry sides up to make a little package around the Gruyère.
- Flip your wrapped Gruyère over so the top is the side with no seems. Place your little cookie cut shapes on top, and brush the entire thing with a beaten egg. Place on a baking sheet or oven-safe dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes and serve.