Cranberry Brie Bites with Homemade Cranberry Sauce

In need of a Christmas appetizer that takes a mere five minutes of prep? Make the homemade cranberry sauce up to a week before you want to make these little packets of Christmas cheer. Then all you have to do is plop some with a cube of Brie into a puff pastry and you’re ready to go!

I wish I had better photos of this delightful appetizer. I look at other blogs and think, who has the time to take forty photos with perfect lighting? The other day I saw a pin on Pinterest that had been shared thousands of times. It looked delicious; a perfectly styled hot cocoa photo: whipped cream piled high, caramel sauce cascading down the designer mug. I clicked on the photo to see the recipe. The ingredients were: hot cocoa mix (fixed according to package directions), canned whipped cream, squeezable caramel sauce. WHAT?! I couldn’t believe people had repinned it thousands of times. That’s not a recipe. That’s just how you prepare boxed cocoa. You may not find the world’s best lit food photography here on The Rose Table, but I promise you will find some damn good recipes.

Cranberry Brie Bites | The Rose Table

Cranberry Brie Bites
1 package puff pastry, thawed
8 oz Brie cheese

1 cup homemade cranberry sauce (recipe follows)

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray two muffin tins with nonstick spray.
  3. Unwrap puff pastry and set sheets on a cutting board. Cut each sheet into nine squares. You’ll have eighteen squares total. Gently press each square into a muffin cavity.
  4. Cube the cheese into 18 squares. Place one square into each puff pastry. Add a dollop of cranberry sauce on top of the brie.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for ten minutes or until lightly browned.
  6. Cool ten minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce | The Rose Table

The Rose Table’s Cranberry Sauce
1 12-oz bag fresh cranberries
2/3 cup each freshly squeezed orange juice and water
2 tsp grated orange zest
1 Tbsp lemon zest
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla

  1. In a medium saucepan, boil cranberries, orange juice, and water for three minutes.
  2. Add orange zest, lemon zest, and sugar; return to a boil. Cook two minutes or until most of the cranberries have cooked down.
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Pour into a container and cover surface directly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until cold.

Making Cranberry Brie Bites| The Rose Table

I’m so cavalier about this recipe, I usually throw it together when my first guest arrives. Here I am placing Brie cubes into the pastry squares. It should be noted that you don’t have to cut off the rind; I just don’t care for it.

Note: This recipe is easily doubled, as the cranberry sauce makes about twice as much as you need for the cranberry brie bites. Just buy 1 pound of brie and 2 packages of puff pastry and you’re all set for 36 packets of Christmas joy!

Merry Christmas,

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