Cranberry Brie Bites are an impressive appetizer with vibrant colors and the perfect combination of sweet and savory. The ingredients are easy to keep on hand during the holiday season so you can prepare these in a snap.
Ingredients to have on hand
- frozen puff pastry
- 7 ounce wedge of brie cheese
- whole berry cranberry sauce
- fresh basil and thyme
That's an option, but personally I think the rind adds flavor and even a little texture to these bites. Remember, the rind on brie is totally edible and after baking and adding the cranberry topping, the flavor of the rind is more subtle than when we eat brie cold from the refrigerator.
Cook the shallots until they are soft and starting to caramelize. By the time they've simmered with the cranberry sauce in the pan, they'll cook down to create the most delicious savory flavor in each and every cranberry brie bite.
Simmering the sauce on the stove is an important step to creating a thick cranberry sauce that's bursting with flavor. As the moisture from the cranberries lifts away, the flavor brightens and intensifies.
Not Just for the Holidays
We often think of cranberries as something to serve during the holidays, but this appetizer is simply delicious any time of year.
This appetizer is a treat that spans the seasons and is a perfect starter before serving roast, chicken, ribs, just about anything.