Thursday, December 13, 2012

Brie & Cherry Pastry Cups

This is a recipe my daughter, Jennifer, found in a magazine. Between her now mother-in-law, Nancy, and myself, we made the bulk of appetizers for her wedding. This was the most popular one that everyone wished there were MORE of! Simple to make, elegant looking AND they taste GOOD! Here's the recipe:

PREP TIME: 30-min - TOTAL TIME: 55-min - SERVINGS: 36

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

STEP 1: Heat oven to 375°
Spray miniature muffin cup sheet pan with cooking spray. Cut pastry into 36 (1 1/2-inch) squares. Slightly press 24 squares into muffin cups; press center with finger/wooden tool.

Bake 10 minutes. Press center with handle of wooden tool/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.
*repeat steps 1 & 2 with remaining pastry & fillings

Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve warm.

I hope that if you DO make this recipe, you'll share your thoughts and results!

**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!


1 Serving (1 Appetizer)
Calories 60 (Calories from Fat 35), Total Fat 4g (Saturated Fat 1g,), Cholesterol 10mg; Sodium 35mg; Total Carbohydrate 5g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Protein 1g;

Percent Daily Value*:
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 Choices:0;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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