Cranberry Brie Bites are an impressive appetizer with vibrant colors and the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Added bonus, they bake in just 15 minutes. The ingredients are easy to keep on hand during the holiday season. You can prepare these in a snap. Serve alongside Simple Artichoke Dip or Savory Cheesecake with crackers and you'll have a terrific appetizer round!
⭐ Why You'll Love Cranberry Brie Bites
These will get everyone talking at your holiday party because they are the most delicious blend of creamy, sweet, savory and fresh. The tartness of the cranberries is a perfect complement to the creamy richness of brie cheese.
Every ingredient in the recipe for Cranberry Brie Bites is one that's easy to keep on hand in the pantry and freezer.
📋 Ingredients to Have on Hand
- frozen puff pastry
- 7-ounce wedge of brie cheese
- whole berry cranberry sauce
- fresh basil and thyme
Scroll to the recipe card below for details and measurements.
That's an option, but personally, I think the rind adds flavor and even a little texture to these bites.
The rind on brie is totally edible and after baking the flavor of the rind is even more subtle than when we enjoy brie cold from the refrigerator.
Yes, in a pinch. But the fresh basil adds a bright burst of color and fresh flavor to the baked cranberry brie bites.
If at all possible use fresh basil. As a substitute, use 1 teaspoon of dried basil.
📋 How to Make Cranberry Brie Bites
Step 1: Cook the shallots until they are soft and start 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.
Step 2: Add the cranberry sauce and simmer with the caramelized shallots.
Simmering the sauce on the stove is an important step in creating a thick cranberry sauce that's bursting with flavor. As the moisture from the cranberries lifts away, the flavor brightens and intensifies.
Add a leaf of fresh basil to cook in the sauce.
Step 3: Cut defrosted puff pastry sheets into 2-inch squares. (Kitchen scissors are great for this.) Press one square of the dough into each mini muffin cup. You'll have just enough dough for a standard 24-cup mini muffin baking pan.
Step 4: Dice small wedges of brie. Place the cheese into each pastry-lined muffin cup.
Step 5: Place the muffin pan in the oven and bake for about 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and dollop a teaspoon of the cooked cranberry sauce on top of each puffed pastry. Top with a slice of fresh basil and serve.
🥗 Delicious Appetizer All Year Long
We often think of cranberries as something to enjoy during the holidays, but this appetizer is delicious any time of year.
🍴More Appetizer Recipes
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