You know how sometimes the prettiest dishes aren’t always the tastiest and sometime the tastiest dishes aren’t always the prettiest? That’s how I feel about these Syrah Jelly Brie Bites. They are kind of elegant with all of their colors and I like the red and white for Valentine’s Day, but they aren’t the fanciest dish I’ve made. That opinion drastically changes when you bite into one. They just melt in your mouth with a delicious sweet and creamy taste. The toasted nuts on top give it a little crunch and add a little salt to the sweet. It’s such a perfect combo.
These are very simple to make. When I served them to my friends, they were in such demand that I kept making more. It’s nice to have something that can be thrown into the oven in just a few minutes. Fancy, labor intensive appetizers have their place, but these are just too good! Take a piece of puff pastry and place it in the bottom of a muffin tin. Then cut off a chunk of brie to place on top of the puff pastry. Yes, I said cut a chunk of it. Only scientific measures are used here. I initially started off trying to do this with a knife, which I quickly abandoned. The cooking scissors that I have were genius. I snipped off chunks with abandon!
I used this incredible, locally made Syrah jelly for my brie bites. I have since made them again with other jelly once I ran out and they were still delicious. The Syrah jelly made these bites the perfect complement to a glass of wine, but you could use any jam you like. Scoop a spoonful of jelly on top. It will melt and slide all over the place so be a little sparing with the jelly.
Finally you can add some toasted nuts on top if you like. The first time I made these, I didn’t do the nuts. They were good, but I felt that they were a little mushy. I wanted to add a little texture so I topped them with some chopped pistachios. Almonds would also work really well.
Bake them for about ten minutes. You know they are done when the puff pastry has slightly browned and the brie is extra gooey. This Valentine’s Day I will be serving these on a pretty red plate and candleside for a romantic start to our meal.
- 1 Box of Puff Pastry
- 1 Round of Brie Cheese
- 1 Three Ounce Jar of Jelly (I used Syrah, but you can use your favorite flavor)
- Optional: Pistachios (or your favorite nut)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Spray a muffin tin with a nonstick spray.
- Place a piece of puff pastry in the bottom of each muffin cup.
- Top it with a chunk of brie (about a tablespoon).
- Spoon a teaspoon of jelly on top.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Serve warm!