Brie and Cherry Pastry Cups

Top bite-size puff pastry with creamy Brie, sweet cherry preserves and crunchy pecans for an easy, elegant appetizer.

Yield

36 appetizers

Ingredients

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

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F (191°C). Spray 36 miniature muffin cups, 1 3/4 x 1 inch, with cooking spray. Cut pastry into 36 (1 1/2-inch) squares. Slightly press each square into muffin cup; press center with finger.

Bake for 10 minutes. Press center with handle of wooden 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.

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

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 23 minutes

Additional Information

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!

Go ahead and assemble the cups and bake up to 4 hours in advance, omitting the final bake time for melting the cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake. Right before serving, heat at 375°F (191°C) just until warm and cheese is melted.

Arrange these pretty appetizer cups on tiered serving plates with fresh rosemary and cherries.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Appetizer): Calories 60 (Calories from Fat 35), Total Fat 4 g (Saturated Fat 1 g, Trans Fat ncg), Cholesterol 10 mg; Sodium 35 mg; Total Carbohydrate 5 g (Dietary Fiber 0 g, Sugars ncg), Protein 1 g; Exchanges: 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 0

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