Around the holidays, I always like to keep some simple, crowd-pleasing recipes on hand. Appetizers don’t always need to be fancy. People want small tasty bites to hold them over until the main attractions. When I was growing up my mother would wrap Gouda cheese in crescent roll dough and serve fresh baked wedges as an appetizer. It took no time to make and everyone loved it. What’s not to love about oozing cheese and flaky dough?
That was my inspiration for this appetizer. Well, that and the adorable mini brie bites I recently found at Trader Joe’s. All you need for this recipe is puff pastry, brie bites, and a fruit spread of your choice. If you want to be fancy you can certainly make everything from scratch. But trust me, this tastes wonderful and is an easy holiday appetizer that you can even take on the road. If you swap out the fruit spread for chocolate, you have an easy dessert!
If you’ve never worked with puff pastry before, you should be able to find it in the freezer section of your grocery store. My tips for working with puff: roll it out evenly and don’t let it get too soft. Puff pastry is full of butter and as that butter melts the dough becomes difficult to handle.
- Puff Pastry
- Trader Joe's Mini Brie Bites (or something similar)
- Fruit spread of your choice (I used Dalmatia Dried Fig Spread)
- Egg wash (1 egg yolk, beaten with a pinch of salt and splash of water)
- Roll out a thin square of puff pastry. The thinner the dough, the prettier the final result will be.
- Place a mini brie bite in the center and top with a small dollop of fruit spread (1/2 - 1 teaspoon).
- Wrap the puff pastry tightly around the brie, pinching the ends together and smoothing them out a bit. Cut away excess dough if necessary. This will be the bottom so it doesn't have to be very pretty, but you want to seal any holes. Place the dough facing pretty side up on a sheet tray.
- Repeat this process until you've made all the bites. (***see note)
- Use a small knife to poke 3-4 decorative holes in the top, then brush the top and sides with egg wash.
- Bake at 430 degrees F for 20 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
*** If you're planning to take these to a party, stop here. Wrap the bites individually in plastic wrap and refrigerate them. Transport the uncooked brie bites and egg wash in a cooler. Then follow the rest of the recipe 20 minutes before serving.