It happened again… somehow, December just snuck up on me, stealthy and sneaky-like, bringing with it the usual round of parties and potlucks and baking and shopping and gift-giving and merry-making.
That doesn’t exactly leave much time for baking, which is why I’ve teamed up with the rest of the Holiday Food Blog Party gang to share some of our favourite holiday-themed recipes.
The rest of the gals decided to take a walk on the sweet side, but personally, at this time of year I’m all about the easy appetizer recipes… probably because at our house, the holidays are synonymous with our big holiday Open House party.
It’s been an annual tradition for as long as we’ve lived in here, an excuse to cram our house full with as many friends, family and neighbours as we can possibly fit, and to cover every available surface in the house with various nibbles. And while some folks just go for the desserts, I think it’s the savoury nibbles that are the star of the show.
Unfortunately, this year’s party fell victim to hectic work schedules and cramped social calendars, but there are still plenty of excuses to bake up something delicious.
Not that these Brie and Cranberry Bites need much of an excuse. All you need is four ingredients and 20 minutes to throw together party platter’s worth of bite-sized goodies, all ready to serve to hungry guests. Not to mention that it’s a great way to use up those cranberry sauce leftovers from Thanksgiving (and if you don’t, then it’s the perfect excuse to get a head start on the cranberry sauce for your Christmas dinner… think of it as multi-tasking.)
The only downside is that these little bites will disappear in half the time they take to make, so I’d strongly suggest popping a second batch into the oven before you put the first one out.
I mean, that is why most puff pastry packages include two sheets, isn’t it? :)
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
- ½ cup cranberry sauce, preferably homemade
- 1 green onion, very thinly sliced
- 100g (3.5 oz) brie, cut into ½" cubes
- Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly spray the cups of a mini-muffin tin with cooking spray, and set aside.
- Unroll the puff pastry sheet onto a clean work surface, and cut into 24 equally-sized squares. Gently press the pastry into the cups of the prepared muffin tin.
- Nestle a cube of brie into each pastry cup, then top with a pinch of green onion. Using a teaspoon measure, drop a spoonful of cranberry sauce to top of the brie.
- Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden-brown on the edges. Let stand in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a pretty plate and serve.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Christmas treats by the Holiday Food Blog Party gang! Each photo is linked to a different post.