Baked Brie Bites Recipe

Yields: 24 bites
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (17.3-ounce) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed according to package instructions
  • 1 (8-ounce) wheel of Brie cheese, rind removed
  • 1/4 cup jam or preserves (any flavor you prefer: cranberry, apricot, fig, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds)
  • Optional: Fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary for garnish

Equipment

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Small, sharp knife
  • Mini muffin tin
  • Spoon

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Prepare the puff pastry: Unfold the puff pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface. If needed, gently roll out the sheets to smooth any creases. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the sheet into 24 even squares.

3. Assemble the brie bites

  • Cut the brie into 24 small cubes.
  • Place one puff pastry square into each cavity of the mini muffin tin, pressing it gently to form a cup shape.
  • Place a cube of brie in the center of each puff pastry cup.
  • Top each brie cube with a small dollop of jam or preserves (about ½ teaspoon).
  • Sprinkle with chopped nuts.

4. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden brown and puffed, and the brie is melted.

5. Cool and garnish (optional): Let the bites cool slightly in the muffin tin for a few minutes for easier handling. If desired, garnish with fresh herbs.

6. Serve and enjoy: Serve baked brie bites warm or at room temperature. They’re perfect as an appetizer or party snack!

Flavor Variations

  • Cranberry Pecan: Use cranberry sauce and chopped pecans.
  • Apricot Walnut: Use apricot preserves and chopped walnuts.
  • Fig and Almond: Use fig jam and chopped almonds.
  • Savory Option: Instead of jam, try a dollop of pesto and a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese.

Tips

Cold Brie: For easier cutting, chill the brie in the refrigerator or pop it in the freezer briefly before slicing.

Make-ahead: Assemble the bites and refrigerate them up to a few hours in advance. Slightly increase baking time directly from the fridge.

Get creative: Experiment with different jams, preserves, nuts, and herbs to find your favorite combinations!

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