Cranberry Brie Bites

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Cranberry Brie Bites

Cranberry Brie Bites

This cranberry brie bites recipe is one of the most amazing and perfect holiday brie appetizer! Not to mention, it looks extremely festive, but it comes together SO easily. You can serve it on a cracker, or a baguette crostini. You can also go ahead and prep the compote ahead of time, so you’re worrying less about your appetizers.

Creamy brie topped with rosemary oil, and fresh rosemary with a crunchy baguette with cranberries, yes please! I love the salty savory bite from the brie, paired with the sweetness of the cranberries, the flavor is just perfect. Any guests would love this!

A wonderful leftover recipe when making these bites (using the cranberry sauce) is our Dutch Baby with Cranberry Compote!

Cranberry Brie Bites

What ingredients do you need for this cranberry brie bites recipe?

Tart cranberry sauce or cranberry compote: We are making a super easy cranberry compote with cranberries, orange zest, sugar and ginger.

We are making a sweet cranberry compote, but you can use any of your favorite fruits like apricot, orange, or you can make a raspberry jam or even strawberry jam. Any berries or fruits will do!

We have a fig jam crostini here, topped with prosciutto if you’re looking for more options.

Crostini or puff pastry dough: We are adding this on toasted baguette slices, but you can also make mini bites by using mini muffin tins to make little puff pastry bites. You can also serve them on crackers, too!

If you do go the puff pastry route, this is a wonderful application to prep ahead and store in the freezer, then just warm it up in the oven when you’re ready to serve.

Brie cheese: We are placing the wheel of brie cheese on with the rind, and not baking it over the crostini. But if you’re looking for a creamy, cheesy, warm appetizer, you can opt to make a baked brie bite with the brie instead of adding it raw. Totally up to you!

Herbs to top: Such as thyme and rosemary!

Other toppings and ingredients you can include: nuts like walnuts, pecans, pistachios or almonds. Ingredients like crispy bacon, prosciutto and pancetta and finishing with rosemary olive oil, are also a nice add! Additionally, any of your favorites fresh herbs if you want to sub our rosemary, will work with this recipe!

Cranberry Compote

Instructions to make this brie appetizer recipe

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Make your cranberry compote.

In a medium pot, add in your cranberries and finish with white sugar, brown sugar, orange juice, orange zest, water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then bring to a simmer until the cranberries pop and create your sauce. If you want it more of a sauce, you can adjust with more water. If it’s too tart, adjust with more sugar.

Set aside until ready to serve.

Toast your crostini

Cut your bread in small pieces with a knife, or cut your puff pastry sheets in rectangles.

On a baking sheet with parchment paper, add on your sliced crostini in a single layer and season with salt, pepper and olive oil. Place in the oven and toast until warm, toasty but soft in the center, about 5-10 minutes.

If you want to bake your brie and cranberries on the crostini, you can do so now to get melty brie, otherwise, when your toast is ready, top with a spoonful of cranberry sauce/cranberry compote, a slice of brie and finish with sprigs of rosemary on each crostini.

Serve immediately!

Cranberry Brie Bites

Tips, Tricks and Substitutions

Can cranberry brie bites be made ahead? Yes, you can make your cranberry compote up to 5 days in advance to store in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve, toast your baguette and top with your cranberry sauce and brie.

You can also freeze your cranberry sauce in a air-tight container, or make the little bites of puff pastry too to store in the fridge that way.

Are you supposed to remove the rind from brie? Totally up to you! I love the brie rind, and it is edible.

My cranberry sauce is too sour and tart, what can I do? Add in more sugar, add is more water to balance out the strong acidity of the cranberries.

Cranberry Brie Bites

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Cranberry Brie Bites
5 from 1 vote

Cranberry Brie Bites

This cranberry brie bites recipe is one of the most amazing and perfect holiday appetizers for the holidays!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 20 pieces

Ingredients 

  • 1 baguette, of choice, sliced in rounds
  • 12 oz cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • juice and zest of one orange
  • 1/4th cup brown sugar
  • 1/4th cup white sugar
  • 1/4th cup water
  • 1 knob ginger
  • 1 8oz triple creme brie wheel, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary olive oil, optional, sub with regular olive oil
  • garnish with fresh rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium pot, add in your cranberries and finish with white sugar, brown sugar, orange juice, orange zest, knob of ginger, water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then bring to a simmer until the cranberries pop and create your sauce. If you want it more of a sauce, you can adjust with more water. If it's too tart, adjust with more sugar.
  • Set aside until ready to serve.
  • While your cranberry compote is simmering, cut your bread in small pieces with a knife, or cut your puff pastry sheets in rectangles.
  • On a baking sheet with parchment paper, add on your sliced crostini in a single layer and season with salt, pepper and olive oil. Place in the oven and toast until warm, toasty but soft in the center, about 5-10 minutes.
  • If you want to bake your brie and cranberries on the crostini, you can do so now to get melty brie, otherwise, when your toast is ready, top with a spoonful of cranberry sauce/cranberry compote, a slice of brie and finish with sprigs of rosemary on each crostini.
  • Serve immediately!
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