I hope you all had very merry, wonderful holidays and are enjoying some relaxation as we gear up for the New Years holiday this week! We made so much food last week for all kinds of Christmas celebrations, including these easy and quick baked brie bites.
When I was in school, this time between Christmas and New Years was the best. Just free time with few obligations, meant for relaxing and taking things slowly. I love the bustle of Christmas and New Years, but it was always nice to have that break between the hubbub to slow down and enjoy the time. I help cook and bake for weeks leading up to Christmas, but once we get past December 26th I don’t want to do much complicated baking and cooking. This means my perfect New Years Eve food is easy and simple.
I made these baked brie bites for a secret Santa party, a family appetizer night, and a dinner party with friends. They look fancy but are so so easy to throw together, and are absolutely delicious. Every time I pulled out a plate of these baked brie bites this holiday season I have heard raves, which makes the ease of making them that much sweeter. They take about 20 minutes to throw together, including cooking time!
These bite-sized baked brie bites are perfect to throw together when visitors want to swing by at the last minute. They are both savory and a little sweet with the addition of the jam. You can alter them to fit your fancy with different jams, jellies and preserves, but right now I have been loving them with raspberry and fig jams, and cranberry sauce.
Golden and flakey with gooey cheese and magenta jam oozing out of each bite, baked brie bites are such a delicious addition to your appetizer spread. They look so sophisticated piled on a platter next to a glass of champagne, perfect for your New Years celebration – I know they will be at ours!
Baked Brie Bites
1 wheel or 8 ounces of brie
Raspberry jam (apricot and fig are great too)
1 package puff pastry sheets (2 puff pastry sheets)
Egg wash (optional)
1 tablespoon milk or cream
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Lightly flour a cutting board and unfold one of the pastry sheets onto the floured surface. Keep the other pastry sheet in the fridge while you work with the first sheet. Cut the pastry sheet into 2-inch columns then cut each column in half. You will have about 10-12 rectangles.
Cut the brie into small slices (you will need 20-24 pieces total). Place each puff pastry rectangle onto one of the prepared baking sheets and place the brie in the center of the top half of the rectangle, leaving a small dough border around the cheese. Place a dot of jam on top of the brie slice. Stretch out the bottom half of the dough rectangle slightly and fold it over the cheese and jam. Fold the edges of the dough over the bottom or press down around the edges with a fork to seal the pastry pockets. Repeat this process with each rectangle of dough then with the other pastry sheet and the rest of the brie.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and milk. Brush the tops of the pastry dough with the egg wash (optional) and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown on the top. Allow the brie bites to cool for a few minutes before serving.