Grilled Brie Bites

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The savoriness from brie cheese and sweetness from homemade cranberry sauce, these grilled brie bites are sure to bring some cheer at the next Holiday party.  These mini pastries are the perfect little appetizer.  With a few simple seasonal ingredients, these only take a few minutes to make and best of all will fill the house with warm aromatics that will have your guests filled with joy.

Grille Brie Bite ingredients

How to make the best cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce is a big staple at the Thanksgiving table, but this deliciously sweet and zesty side dish can be used in easy entertaining recipes as well.  I like to add a little bit of acidity with orange zest and juice to balance the sweetness of the sugar and tartness from the cranberries.

Cranberry sauce with orange zest

In a sauce pan, pour in 2 cups of fresh cranberries, sugar and water.  Simmer it over low heat reducing the fruit to a jam like chunky consistency.  Add some orange zest and freshly squeezed juice from half an orange.

For some holiday spice, I added some ground cloves and half a cinnamon stick. Continue to simmer mixing in the spices together allowing the aromatics to fill your kitchen.

Simmering cranberry sauce

Once the sauce has thickened, set aside to cool while you start prep on the pastry.

Baking on the grill?  Why not!

The grill should be thought of as an everyday cooking appliance and an extension of the kitchen.  This is also true when baking. Grilled deserts come out amazing, giving off a slight hint of smokiness that bring a rustic taste and feel to an ordinary bake.

For these grilled brie bites, I used store bought crescent dough as the pastry base. I am not a baker, grilling is where my heart and passion remains.  If you have your own recipe for homemade pastry dough, go for it and make it.  I’m sure it will only enhance this recipe.

 

Sliced crescent dough

Cubed brie cheese

Remove the dough from its rolled package and close the perforated slots by pinching the the dough together. With a pizza or dough cutter, cut out 2×2 inch squares.  You can also punch out round circles using a 2.5 inch in diameter cup.

Next, cube up Brie cheese into small 0.5 inch squares.  Brie is a very soft cheese and will melt during the bake.  You do not want to have too much overflow as it will burn around the edges.

Crescent dough and brie filling

Cranberry covered brie bite

Time to assemble the grilled brie bites.  Take a mini muffin pan and cover with cooking spray.  In each pocket, place 1 piece of pastry dough followed by a piece of brie cheese and cover with a teaspoon of the homemade cranberry sauce you made earlier.

Preheat the grill to 350 degrees for indirect heat and bake for about 10 minutes or until the pastry is a nice golden brown.

While the pastries are baking, quickly crisp up some prosciutto and dice it up into small sprinkles.

Remove the grilled brie bites from the grill, sprinkle with the crisp prosciutto bits and enjoy!

Printer friendly recipe below:

Grilled Brie Bites

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 12 People

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pkg Pillsbury crescent dough
  • 8 oz Brie cheese
  • 4 Slices of prosciutto

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

  • 2 cups Fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Orange zest
  • 1/2 Orange - freshly squeezed juice
  • 1/2 Cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 tsp Ground clove spice

Instructions
 

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Instructions

  • In a sauce pan, pour in 2 cups of fresh cranberries, sugar and water.  Simmer it over low heat reducing the fruit to a jam like chunky consistency. 
  • Add some orange zest and freshly squeezed juice from half an orange.
  • Add some ground cloves and half a cinnamon stick. Continue to simmer mixing in the spices together with the sauce.
  • Once the sauce has thickened, set aside to cool while you start prep on the pastry.

Grilled Brie Bite Instructions

  • Remove the crescent dough from its rolled package and close the perforated slots by pinching the dough together.
  • With a pizza or dough cutter, cut out 2x2 inch squares.  You can also punch out round circles using a 2.5 inch in diameter cup.
  • Cube up the Brie cheese into small 0.5 inch squares.
  • Using a mini muffin pan, in each pocket, place 1 piece of pastry dough followed by a piece of brie cheese and cover with a teaspoon of the homemade cranberry sauce you made earlier.
  • Preheat the grill to 350 degrees for indirect heat and bake for about 10minutes or until you see a nice golden brown on the pastry.
  • While the pastries are baking, quickly crisp up some prosciutto and dice itup into small sprinkles.

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