I love baked brie, but sometimes it’s a little too much depending on the size of the group you’re entertaining. It’s also messy to cut and serve, so some guests will avoid cutting into it. If you make something bite-sized, however, people have a hard time not gobbling it up. That is why I love making these little brie bites.
They go together so easily. It takes less than five minutes. You can double, triple or even quadruple the recipe with ease. Or if you want to make these in your toaster oven, you can fit one or two batches at a time. The only take 5 minutes or so to bake, so you can pop in the next batch while guests are munching the first. That way they don’t have time to get cold.
Usually I make these mini baked bries with raspberry jam or preserves, but you can use any flavor you like. Blackberry, peach, strawberry and apple all work well. You can even mash up fresh berries and use that instead. Just use your imagination! I recently got a free sample of Raspberry Enlightenment from Penzeys, so I gave that a try too. It is incredible! It’s a bit like jam, but it’s thinner and less sweet. If you can get your hands on some, I highly recommend it in this recipe.
- 1 package mini phyllo shells (15 shells per package)
- 2 ounces brie
- 4 teaspoons fruit preserves
- 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
- Place brie in freezer for 20 to 30 minutes to make cutting easier. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350ºF.
- If desired, remove rind from brie. Cut into 15 cubes.
- Place one cube of brie in each phyllo shell. Top with about 1 teaspoon preserves and 2 or 3 almond slices.
- Bake for 5 to 8 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Serve immediately.
Mini phyllo shells (sometimes spelled filo or fillo) can be found in the freezer section of the grocery store, usually near the frozen desserts.