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Who needs a recipe for the perfect Holiday appetizer ?

Do you need an idea for the perfect appetizer to serve over the holidays?  This recipe for Mini Brie Bites is delicious, pretty, and oh so easy to make….it has been a hit every time I have made it!  The brie bites are simple to assemble and the cranberry salsa will have everyone asking for the recipe.

The lovely Chef Maria Rivera made this at a cooking class and generously shared it with us.  We love having her in our showroom and her food is always amazing!

Mini Brie en Croute

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16 mini brie (come in packs of 5 at Trader Joe’s)
1 sheet puff pastry
1 egg + 1 tbsp water

Preheat oven to 400º.

Dust puff pastry sheet with a little flour and roll out, slightly, to form a square. Cut into 16 squares. Place a brie wheel in the center of a pastry square. Pull up the four corners and join at the top and twist. (Since the brie wheels are in their rind, you do not need to seal the pastry around the cheese.)

Brush each parcel with egg wash, and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve alongside cranberry salsa (or your favorite jam or chutney).

These were baked in our Jenn-Air kitchen in the Dual-Fan Convection Wall Oven.

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Cranberry Salsa

12 oz. fresh or frozen cranberries
2 tbsp. sugar
1-2 fresno or jalapeno peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 medium shallot, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp. chopped fresh mint
Pinch of kosher salt
1/4 cup Cranberry Pear White Balsamic Vinegar (or 1.5 tbsp. honey or agave syrup or 2 tbsp. additional sugar)
1 tbsp orange zest, optional

Pulse cranberries, sugar, chile peppers, and shallot in a food processor to desired size. Transfer to medium bowl, and stir in all other ingredients. Taste for seasoning. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve at room temperature.

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This cranberry salsa is delicious served over ricotta on toast, with cheese, or with pork, turkey, or chicken. It can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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FYI….I used a red balsamic vinegar(from the Ancient Olive) we had on hand and it worked perfectly.

Tuck this recipe away and pull it out when you are entertaining, or just buy the ingredients and make it for yourself….you won’t be disappointed.

The team at Aggressive hopes you are having a wonderful December!