Fill crisp puff pastry cups with creamy French cheese, then top with a fruity topping and crunchy pecans.
sheet frozen puff pastry (from 17.3-oz package), thawed
cup dried cherries, finely chopped
tablespoons cherry preserves
oz Camembert cheese (do not remove rind), cut into 1/4x1/4-inch pieces
tablespoons finely chopped pecans or hazelnuts
Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 36 mini muffin cups with cooking spray. On lightly floured surface, unfold pastry sheet. Cut sheet into 6 rows by 6 rows to get 36 (1 1/2-inch) squares. Lightly press 1 square into center of each muffin cup, pressing center to bottom of cup with finger. Bake 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix cherries and cherry preserves until well blended; set aside.
Press centers of pastry cups with handle of wooden spoon; bake 6 to 8 minutes longer or until golden brown.
Immediately press pastry cups in center again. Fill each cup with about 1 heaping teaspoon cheese; top with 1/4 teaspoon cherry mixture. Sprinkle evenly with pecans.
Bake 2 to 4 minutes or just until cheese is melted. Carefully remove from muffin cups; place on serving platter. Serve warm.
Avoid rolling the pastry sheet; doing so will cause bubbling and unevenness during baking.
To make ahead, assemble the cups and bake up to 4 hours in advance, omitting the final bake time for melting the cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake. Right before serving, heat in 375°F oven just until warm and cheese is melted.
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Serving Size: 1 Appetizer
- Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
- Total Fat
- 3 1/2g
- 3 1/2%
- (Saturated Fat
- 1 1/2g,
- 1 1/2%
- Trans Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- (Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
Exchanges:1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.