Better-than-Baked-Brie Bites

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There’s a lot to love about a good baked brie – golden puff pastry wrapped around a wheel of creamy cheese and a secret sweet surprise (jam, brown sugar, nuts, etc.), where the cheese and jam meld together and ooze out of the flaky crust when you first cut into it. That’s Baked Brie’s brief moment of glory, though, so you’d better eat fast. When the cheese cools, the once-elegant pastry/cheese package turns into a congealed blob, with soggy dough that contributes little more than calories. Your party guests deserve better!  mini brie bites

With these little phyllo cup bites, you get all of baked brie’s glory in a chic, easy-to-eat package. The already-baked phyllo dough shells (less than 20 calories each!) stay crisp, even when the cheese has cooled. Oh – and they make this appetizer one of the quickest and easiest you’ll ever make.

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Not a fan of apricot preserves? Use fig jam, or raspberry jam, or leftover cranberry sauce, or a sprinkling of brown sugar, or even shallot or onion jam for something a little more savory. You can also swap out the nuts, or skip them altogether. So many options! Keep a few boxes of phyllo cups in the freezer and you’ll always be ready for a party.

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Better-than-Baked-Brie Bites

Makes 30 appetizers

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  • 2 packages frozen mini phyllo shells (look for them next to frozen pie crusts and puff pastry)
  • Approx. 8 oz. brie or camembert cheese, cut into small cubes (the rind is edible but you can cut it off if you prefer)
  • Approx. ½ cup apricot preserves (or jam of choice)
  • ½ cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted

Heat oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (optional, but helpful for quick cleanup). Arrange phyllo cups on baking sheet. Place brie cube inside each cup. Top brie with a small dollup (a scant teaspoon) apricot preserves. Sprinkle with a few slivered almonds. Bake for about 8 minutes or until brie is just melted. Transfer to a serving tray and serve hot, warm or at room temperature. I usually set about half out on a tray, and keep the rest warm in an oven that’s been turned off. (Or even better – in a warming drawer if you have one.)

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Sometimes I leave the rind on, sometimes I cut it off. Don’t try to force the cheese cubes into the delicate phyllo cups — the hot oven will take care of things.

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Apricot preserves from my local PA farmstand store.

 

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No need for perfection — just get the preserves onto the cheese cubes or into the cups somehow. The fastest way is to get your fingers a little sticky (sliding the jam off a spoon and onto the cups).

 

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Parchment sheets are especially helpful when things get a little sloppy.

 

 

7 thoughts on “Better-than-Baked-Brie Bites

  1. LOVE this recipe Sue!! I’m going to bring it to my parent’s house on Christmas. Thank you for always inspiring and helping us to look like we know what we’re doing. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! XO

  2. You are killing me! I can’t wait to try them at Christmas dinner parties! Your recipes are making me look like a good cook these days. AMAZING….keep them coming… we all enjoy them immensely.

  3. i’m making these for christmas appetizers! perfect timing! also have made at least 200 peppermint patties the past two weeks… friends, family, teachers…. have all loved them!!! just love this blog!!!

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