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
1 package puff pastry, thawed
8 oz Brie cheese
1 cup homemade cranberry sauce (recipe follows)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Spray two muffin tins with nonstick spray.
- 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.
- Cube the cheese into 18 squares. Place one square into each puff pastry. Add a dollop of cranberry sauce on top of the brie.
- Bake in preheated oven for ten minutes or until lightly browned.
- Cool ten minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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
- In a medium saucepan, boil cranberries, orange juice, and water for three minutes.
- Add orange zest, lemon zest, and sugar; return to a boil. Cook two minutes or until most of the cranberries have cooked down.
- Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
- Pour into a container and cover surface directly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until cold.
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!