Katherine’s Kitchen: Cranberry Brie Bites

Cranberry Brie Bites

Ingredients:

  • One ½ lb wedge of brie cheese
  • One 17.5 ounce package of Frozen Puff pastry defrosted
  • 1 Cup Rosemary Cranberry Sauce (see the next recipe)
  • 1 Large Egg beaten with 2 Tbsp. Water

Directions:

  1. Cut the brie into ½ inch thick slices and cut each slice into strips 1 inch long
  2. Roll out each puff pastry sheet into a 16 inch square. Cut each square into 2 inch squares.  You will have 64 squares.  Place a square into a muffin tin cup and spoon 1 teaspoon of the cranberry sauce in the middle of the dough.  Lay a piece of the brie on top of the sauce.  Draw up the corners of the dough towards the center and twist together to seal.  Brush with a bit of the egg wash. (If freezing, don’t brush with the egg wash).  At this point you can cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or freeze in the tins, then transfer to a zip lock bag and keep frozen for up to 5 weeks.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake the bites until golden brown.  12 -14 minutes.  If they are frozen, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, brush with egg wash and bake at 375 degrees for 17 – 20 minutes.

Rosemary Cranberry Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. Unsalted butter
  • ½ Cup Chopped Onion
  • 2 Tbsp. Chopped Fresh Rosemary
  • One 12 oz. bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 ½ Cups sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and rosemary and cook, stirring, until the onion softens – 3 – 4 minutes.   Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.  Continue boiling until the cranberries begin to pop and the mixture thickens, 4 – 6 minutes.  Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for another 10 minutes, until the sauce is thickened and the cranberries have all popped, releasing their juices
  2. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature
  3. At this point you can cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 2 months.

Credit:  Diane Phillips/Divas Do Aheads