It’s no secret in my house that my husband Billy is crazy for figs. So naturally, my Miniature Brie and Fig Bites has become one of his favorite appetizers. These cute little treats are a snap to make and it's a win-win for me because Brie happens to be one of my favorite cheeses.
This deceptively fancy little hors d'oeuvre is the perfect make-ahead appetizer for the holiday season. Brie and fruit (especially baked) is a delicious, classic combination—more on that below. Most recipes that use these ingredients together are simple to make, but still add a flair of gourmet elegance to the holiday table.
Keep it Simple by Using Pre-Made Puff Pastry Dough
I use pre-made puff pastry along with just 3 more ingredients: Brie cheese, a good quality fig jam, and coarsely chopped pecans. That’s it. Simple, beautiful, and, of course, delicious! Store-bought puff pastry is a godsend. It's super delicious and saves tons of time. I serve the finished product with a rosemary garnish for a little something extra—because why shouldn't we add more festivity wherever we can?!
Want a different flavor profile? Try these options too!
Try substituting raspberry or cherry jam for the fig jam. In fact, experiment with all of your favorite flavors—just make sure you’re choosing high-quality jams that are made with real fruit. And don’t be afraid to get creative! If you can’t decide what sounds most delicious, make a platter with several different flavors. Yum!
How to Properly Freeze Puff Pastry Brie Fig Bites for Later
Freezing pre-made Brie and fig bites for later use is easy. Just place the cooled, baked bites in a single layer on a baking sheet and pop them in the freezer for 1 hour. After an hour, transfer the frozen bites into freezer bags. They will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months!
When you’re ready to use them, pull out as many bites as you like and let them sit at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours. Just before serving, pop them into a fully preheated 350-degree oven for 4 to 5 minutes. I hope you love this appetizer as much as my Billy does!
Once you’ve tasted these, try substituting raspberry or cherry jam for the fig jam… or any of your favorite flavors! Getting creative in the kitchen is one of the best parts of cooking.
2 sheets of frozen puff pastry, thawed overnight in the refrigerator
6 ounces of Brie cheese
1 cup fig jam (or another flavor you like—see notes above)
⅔ cup coarsely chopped pecans
For the Garnish
24 small sprigs of fresh rosemary about 1 inch in size
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray the inside of 24 miniature muffin wells with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
Using a small knife, lightly scrape the rind off of the brie. It’s okay if it’s not perfect! Next, cut the Brie into 24 cubes and set aside.
Place the puff pastry sheet on your work surface. If there are creases in the pastry because it was folded, roll it lightly with a rolling pin.
Cut the pastry into 24 squares, about 1½ inches in size. I like to test the size after cutting one square to make sure it fits properly in my muffin tin. Here’s how: Lay the square over a muffin well, then carefully press it in, making sure the side of the well is completely covered. I use my tamper tool to do this, but you can use your fingers as well. Adjust as necessary—or, if the size is right, go ahead and cut all the squares.
Once all of the wells are lined, place a brie cube in each pastry shell. Top each cheese cube with about a teaspoon of jam, then sprinkle with chopped pecans.
At this point, I like to pop the muffin tins in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. This quick chill will firm up the pastry so it shrinks less during baking. Remember that puff pastry has a lot of butter in it, and letting the butter harden up before baking will achieve the most satisfying texture.
Bake the brie and fig bites in the preheated oven for about 17 to 19 minutes. The puff pastry should be golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before removing the bites from the pan. I use a teaspoon to carefully lift them out. Garnish each bite with a small sprig of fresh rosemary.
You can serve these delicious treats right away or let them cool completely and store in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 2 days. Just reheat them in a 350 degree oven for about 3 minutes before serving! For freezer instructions, check out the last heading in the blog post above!
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Mary DiSomma, an enthusiastic and imaginative baker of cookies, is the author and publisher of A Gift of Cookies: Recipes to Share with Family & Friends. She is also a philanthropist, podiatrist, entrepreneur, and mother of four grown children.
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