A Simple (But Oh-So-Fancy!) Holiday Appetizer / by charity buchika


If your life looks anything like mine does from early November right through to New Year's, you're going to need this!

Running around shopping, decorating, and gathering with family and friends is always great, but I'd rather eliminate the stress of trying to figure out what I should make to put out before big dinners, let alone what to bring to all the cocktail parties, tree trimming get-togethers, and celebrations we're invited to.

These Cranberry & Brie Bites are the perfect party food - they're easy to make, they look sophisticated, fancy, and festive, and they're delicious. While I can't take credit for the recipe - that goes to Nicky of the wonderful Kitchen Sanctuary blog - I do find myself making them again and again.

Nicky actually did a handy (and really cute) video tutorial on exactly how to make the Cranberry Brie Bites here.

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Cranberry Brie Bites
This recipe is from Kitchen Sanctuary, a great food blog out of the UK. Her recipe appears on her blog in video form (see link above) but I've written it out here for you.
  • 1 puff pastry sheet
  • 4-6 T melted butter
  • enough for 20 1" squares brie cheese
  • 1 c cranberry sauce or preserves
  • 20 small fresh thyme sprigs
Unroll pastry and brush entire surface with melted butter.Carefully cut into an even number of squares, approx. 1.5" x 1.5". You'll need 40 squares to end up with 20 'bites.'Place 1 square of pastry on top of another - both with the buttered sides facing up - and transfer to a non-stick cookie sheet.Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until puffed and lightly golden brown. Top each pastry with a 1" x 1" square slice of brie then bake again for 2 more minutes or until brie fully softens and just starts to drip down the pastry.Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.Transfer to a serving platter and top each with a dollop of cranberry sauce or preserves. Garnish each with a sprig of fresh thyme.Serve & enjoy!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: approx. 20 bites

Take my word for it and keep the ingredients for these yummy nibbles on hand all holiday season and you'll be good to go, no matter when a celebration pops up!

(If you need more simple + quick party food recipes,  these are a few of my other go-to's)