Soaps and Appetizers

Sometimes, you think your kids aren’t paying attention, and then they say something that shocks you.

My mother used to watch soap operas all the time when I was younger. She’d normally have them on in the living room while I would play with some toy on the floor.

According to her, I was nearly 3 years old at the time. The particular soap she was watching was doing some sort of mystery, and the two main characters were somewhere hot and steamy (weather- and  otherwise).

It was at night, and apparently the main female character was prancing around in some negligee. She then told the male lead that she was tired and probably should be going to sleep.

Normally, my mother didn’t think that I would pay attention to such things. At that moment though, I looked up at my mother and said, quite perceptively…

“Momma, I don’t think she has sleep on her mind.”

My mother never watched soaps again. Ever.

All Grown Up Brie en Croute

appropriate for adults or mature young children


  • 1 circle brie or camembert
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, defrosted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 slices bacon (optional)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large onions, sliced thin
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. In a medium saucepan, fry bacon and set aside to drain. Crumble when cool.
  2. In that same medium saucepan, dump out bacon grease and wipe clean. Add in olive oil, onions, salt, and pepper. Saute over low heat for approximately 20-30 minutes until onions are golden brown and caramelized. Stir occasionally so onions don’t burn.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Slice top and bottom rind off cheese. Lay out puff pastry sheet and put cheese on top in the middle. Top with sautéed onions and crumbled bacon. Fold over puff pastry to cover everything.
  5. Place on a small cookie sheet and brush with beaten egg.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until puff pastry is golden brown.

Serve with crackers or good bread (my favorite pairing is a garlic clove loaf).


31 thoughts on “Soaps and Appetizers

  1. hahaha classic story!

    i usually make baked brie with just puff pastry and jam. never thought about using bacon..gotta try!

  2. Very funny 🙂 I could see my son saying something like that…so we keep the Univision and Telemundo to a minimum 🙂 Tasty recipe

  3. writingtypingmonkey February 6, 2012 — 4:55 pm

    Wow. . . This looks good!
    And the great thing is .. . no calories (if you don’t count the bacon, brie and pastry- it’s virtually health food!) hehe 😉
    Can’t wait to try.

  4. Ha! That’s hilarious. Kids are such sponges for information.

  5. Great story! Many thanks – Susan

  6. That story about the soap opera is hilarious. Love it!!!

    And love this recipe too, wow. It looks fantastic!

  7. These sound so easy to make and so tasty! I WANT IT NOW!!

  8. I love your stories and all of your recipes look great…I can’t wait to try one! 🙂

  9. Not only does this recipe look awesome, but your anecdotal piece leading to the recipe is pitch perfect. Keep the stories and recipes coming!

  10. Wonderful story. Nice recipe also; sadly Partner doesn’t like soft cheese, or I’d make this in a heartbeat.

    1. I’ve rolled out puff pastry, cut it into triangles, and filled those with smoked gouda and caramelized onions before sealing- maybe that would work?

  11. Yum! I seriously LOVE Brie en Croute! You’re so right too, perfect for adults and kids. I’m so glad you came across my blog a few days ago because I just checked yours out and I love it. I think it’s so cool that you’re finishing med school and still making time to do things you love-like cook and blog. Such an inspiration! Can’t wait to read more. 🙂

    1. Thank you! Believe me- if I only did “med school stuff” and didn’t take some time for myself, I’d go crazy!

  12. This sounds delish! Thanks for sharing! ~ Sheila

  13. Looks sinfully good!

  14. I nominated your blog for the versatile blogger award because you rock!

    1. Why thank you! I’m having a crazy week but I will check that out ASAP!

  15. I also nominated you for an award– Liebster. Details are at Thanks for the great stories! Recipes, too!

    1. Thank you! It’s been an incredibly busy week here, but I’ll check that out ASAP! 🙂

  16. Brilliant story – my young niece asked me where my partner slept on her first visit to our house and I showed her the bedroom. Then she asked me where I slept and I said in the same room. Then raising an eyebrow she said “But Zia Tanya, you´re not married…I don´t think that´s actually allowed”!! Anyway, great recipe too, I loved baked cheese en croute. Naughty but nice 🙂

    1. I asked something similar as a kid. 😉

  17. Looks yummy! I only wish I could make it and eat it while watching All My Children.

  18. Great story paired with great food. Nice!

  19. As soon as I am off my Ideal Protein diet I am going to try this it looks so good. I love the story so cute.

  20. oh the bacon! Can’t wait to try this.

  21. Sounds delicious, can’t wait to give it a go! Thanks, Kim

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