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Thursday, December 12, 2013

4 ingredient, 10 minute Brie Bites

To say last weekend was a busy one for us would be an understatement. We had 4 different parties to attend and two of them were potlucks that meant I needed to prepare something to bring. Sure I guess I could have stopped and picked up something at the pastry dept in HEB or something of the sort but I prefer to make something if I can. The party Friday night was easy to whip up some mashed potatoes (I do make a mean mashed potato - Lexie can attest to that as she'll eat her weight in them)

For our Bibleland team leader party Sunday evening, the theme for the food was finger foods. This was going to be tricky since if I wanted something warm I had about 15 minutes to whip it up after coming back home from a birthday party. I made some egg nog macarons earlier that day but I wanted something a little savory as well. In chatting with my mom she reminded me of the fillo cups and who can resist something in a cute little fillo cup? 
One of my favorite party food or appetizers to make is brie in puff pastry. I love a yummy baked brie (yes coming from the girl who mostly only likes cheese on pizza.) I usually make it similar to Sarah at Frankly Entertaining  only I add some brown sugar in with the cheese and use craisins instead of cranberry sauce. However I didn't have the 20-30 minutes to bake the puff pastry for this party. 

Fillo shells means I only needed half the baking time. This appetizer was so simple to pull together. I literally threw it together while waiting for and talking the baby sitter through what to expect for the night. You only need 4 simple ingredients. 

Fillo Shells 
Brie (4 oz per pack of 15 shells) 
Brown Sugar
 You'll start by taking the fillo sheels out of the freezer and setting them on a baking tray. Then you'll cut into your brie and cut pieces to fit into each shell. It will melt beautifully down into the cup once you put it in the oven.
 Add a bit of brown sugar on top of the brie then bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.
Pull them out when the brie is melted and immediately top with craisins. You can swap this out for something else of your choice if you prefer. Maybe some apricot or fig preserves? Or a warm cranberry sauce. 
Put them on a serving tray and enjoy all the compliments for this simple appetizer! I was shocked at how impressed my other team leaders were at the party over this little treat! Especially compared the the macarons, this took no time at all and looked so impressive! All thanks to it being in little fillo cups. 

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Traci said...

I think I can even do this!

SensiblySara said...

AWESOME! I am definitely going to make these! Where do I find Fillo shells?