I love handheld appetizers and when made with puff pastry they’re even better. Take these Savory Sweet Baked Brie Bites for instance. They may look like you spent on a lot of time making them, but you won’t and they can easily be made ahead of time and frozen.
You’ll spend less time in the kitchen then you think and more with your guests.
These are super easy to make using puff pastry, dijon mustard, Brie cheese, cranberry sauce, or your favorite jam, and these come together in no time.
It’s the end of the year and New Years Eve is around the corner.
Heck it’s in 2 days people! Wow, where did 2017 go?
So it got me thinking of next year and my ideas and direction of the site.
Starting next year I’m going to be initiating a once a month post series on some of my favorite foods.
I’m going to be doing a series on ribs, meatballs and a few others that I have up my sleeve. This way you’ll have a go-to source for the ultimate, and what I’m thinking are the tastiest on classic recipes, originals and twists to well-known recipes as well.
In between that will be what you have come to expect here and that is quick, mid-week, comfort food meals inspired by an international pantry. Life’s too short to be bland, right?!
But, I digress, so back to this last post of the year, my Savory Sweet Baked Brie Bites.
I prefer a small, handheld appetizer than one I have to keep going back to the table for and dipping away. With these Savory Sweet Baked Brie Bites you get it all in one or two bites.
I figured individual bites work better than having the entire wheel of Brie cheese wrapped with puff pastry. No fighting at the appetizer table needed.
Tender flaky puff pastry dough, ooey gooey cheese offset with a sweet and tart cranberry sauce and a nice savory counter from the dijon. These have it all.
I make my own cranberry sauce, like the one for my Roasted Stuffed Pork Loin, because it’s so darn easy, but feel free to use your own, store bought or any jam you like to suit the occasion or season!
For other puff pastry ideas, try my Individual Beef Wellingtons, Pesto Black Pepper Pancetta Breadsticks, Maple Pancetta Cheddar Cheese Tart, Pineapple Ham and Cheese Hand Pies, Cheddar Bacon Jam Puff Pastry Bites, or these Apple Peanut Butter Tarts. Enjoy!
- 1 17.3-oz. package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed but cold
- 8 oz wheel Brie cheese cold
- 1/2 cup cranberry sauce or jam (See Below recipe)
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 1 large egg beaten
- 1 tbsp milk
- 8 oz cranberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp orange extract
Preheat oven to 400ºF and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat baking sheets.
Slice the Brie into 18 wedges. I cut the wheel of cheese in half, then each half into 3 pie slice shapes and each pie slice shape into 3 pieces. Repeat with other brie half. Using an open hand gently press down each piece or cheese to flattened slightly (or the sharp edges will poke through pastry). Set aside.
Unfold each puff pastry sheet on flour dusted work surface. Roll out to create 12"x12" square. Using a pizza cutter or knife cut each sheet into 9 squares.
Place each puff pastry square on baking sheet Dip finger in small bowl of water and brush outside edge of each puff pastry square. Brush pastry square center with mustard then place a wedge of Brie on top then a dollop of cranberry sauce or jam on top of the cheese. Repeat for all 18.
Fold each puff pastry over the cheese so that the two corners of the squares come together to form a triangle. Using a fork, crimp together the edges to seal.
Whisk together the egg and milk then brush the puff pastry triangles. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
In a sauce pan bring the water, sugar and cranberries to a boil. Reduce heat and add the orange extract. Stir often and allow to break down and thicken on low heat for 15 minutes. Set aside. Sauce will thicken as it cools. I refrigerated this before I used it in this recipe.