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Brie and Cherry Pastry Cups

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 55 min
  • Servings 36

Top bite-size puff pastry with creamy Brie, sweet cherry preserves and crunchy pecans for an easy, elegant appetizer. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

1
sheet frozen puff pastry (from 17.3-ounce package), thawed
1/3
to 1/2 cup red cherry preserves
4
ounces Brie cheese, cut into 1/2x1/2-inch pieces (36 pieces)
1/4
cup chopped pecans
2
tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°. Spray 36 miniature muffin cups, 1 3/4x1 inch, with cooking spray. Cut pastry into 36 (1 1/2-inch) squares. Slightly press each square into muffin cup; press center with finger.
  • 2
    Bake 10 minutes. Press center with handle of wooden spoon. Bake 6 to 8 minutes longer or until golden brown. Immediately press again in center. Fill each with about 1/2 teaspoon preserves. Top with cheese piece, pecans and chives.
  • 3
    Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve warm.

Expert Tips

  • If you like spicy foods, try substituting red or green jalapeño jelly for the cherry preserves. It's a delicious touch of sweet and spice!
  • Go ahead and 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 at 375° just until warm and cheese is melted.
  • Arrange these pretty appetizer cups on tiered serving plates with fresh rosemary and cherries.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Appetizer
Calories
60
Calories from Fat
35
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
0%
Saturated Fat
1g
0%
Cholesterol
10mg
0%
Sodium
35mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
5g
0%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 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;
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Everything old is new again when you serve these old-school snacks.

    Dreamed up by harried hostesses of decades past, each of these recipes features…cheese. Coincidence? We think not. Cheese stands the test of time, whether you’re entertaining in retro style or not. The best part is they require absolutely no measuring, and are quick and easy to prepare. Make these cheese-filled goodies part of your go-to arsenal of party bites.

    Brie with Honey and Almonds

    Brie is pretty cool. It can be served at room temperature or heated, it pairs well with sweet or savory goodies, and it has a soft buttery flavor that’s hard to resist. To dress up a small wheel of brie, slice the top off and warm it in the oven or microwave. Once you pull it out, drizzle it with honey and top it with toasted almond slivers. Serve with water crackers, and your guests will be begging for seconds.

    Brie Kisses

    Another great way to serve brie is by slicing off small pieces (with the rind removed) and popping them into mini phyllo-dough cups. Top each cup with a spoonful of apricot or cherry preserves and heat in a 350-degree oven until melted. A great way to combine flavors and textures.

    Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly

    This combo may be as old as cream cheese itself, but it still causes a stampede at the snack table. Just pour a jar of your favorite pepper jelly over a block of cream cheese, and it’s ready to serve with crackers.

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    Pickle Roll-ups

    Who knows where or in what decade this idea originated, but it’s a lot tastier than it sounds. Simply spread some cream cheese over a slice of boiled ham, and place a dill pickle spear on top near one edge. Then gently roll the ham up over the pickle all the way to the end. Slice the little pickle bundle into bite-size pieces, spearing each with a toothpick.

    Warm Tex-Mex Dip

    Keep your guests toasty with this gooey cheese dip recipe. Combine a block of cream cheese with a can of chili (with beans or without) and warm in the oven or microwave. Serve with corn chips for dipping.

    Cheddar Bites

    Whoever invented this must’ve been on a Hawaiian vacation…via Wisconsin. Pop open a can of pineapple chunks, and cut a block of cheddar cheese into small cubes. Slide a piece of pineapple onto a toothpick, and anchor it with a cube of cheese. Here’s to unexpected pleasures!

    Here's three cheesy, delicious recipes to try at your next party:

    Brie and Cherry Pastry Cups

    Cheesy Beef and Pickle Rollups

    Mini Cheddar Popovers

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