For all you Francophile’s out there, I am excited to share a Bastille Day picnic to inspire any festivities you may be planning for this Sunday. This is the 224th anniversary of the fateful event which marked the beginning of the French Revolution and the birth of the Republic.
For this ‘en plein air’ picnic I have swathed the area in the appropriate shades of red, white and blue and prepared a couple of savory dishes!
I love french fries and look on any excuse to eat them as cause for celebration! Of course today they are “Pommes Frites” that I’ve baked (trying to save some calories!) and generously seasoned with salt and garlic pepper – my favorite topping currently. A simple parchment cone keeps them portable and a bit of ribbon and a glittery Eiffel Tower makes them patriotic!
Now for something even more delicious: Ham & Brie en Croute. If you’ve ever had hot, melted brie cheese baked in puff pastry then you know the taste of heaven that I’m referring to. This is a great dish to prepare for big parties but when you’re having a more intimate gathering baking an entire wedge can be a bit overboard — so here I present to you a mini version, so simple and delicious you can whip them up any day of the week. To make them a bit heartier for the picnic meal, I’ve added a bit of Ham and a dollop of Peach Jam – YUM!
- 1 sheet of Puff Pastry
- 4 - 6 ounces of Brie cheese
- 2 slices of deli Ham
- 4½ teaspoons Peach Jam
- Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Unroll the thawed Puff Pastry and slice it into nine even sized squares.
- Tear the Ham into bite-sized pieces and place a couple of bits onto the top of each piece of pastry.
- Cut the Brie cheese into bite sized pieces and place one piece atop each of the ham stacks.
- Top the Brie with a ½ teaspoon (or so) of Peach Jam.
- Gather sides of pastry up and twist lightly to seal all seams.
- Bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
These really are easy to make and I hope you will give them a try!
A bit of fresh cherries and peaches are the ideal way to end this impromptu picnic on a sweet note.
Bonne Fete my friends! I hope you enjoy these recipes and ideas. Thank you for celebrating with me today!
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