Little bites, little hassle, big flavor. These Blueberry Brie Bites are the perfect appetizer for the busy holiday season!
Thank you to the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council for sponsoring this post! As always, all blueberry-loving opinions are 100% my own.
It’s hard to believe that the holidays are already here. They always seem to sneak up on me! As a food blogger, I’m always thinking about food but I become especially obsessed with food at this time of year. I love the holidays and I’m hosting Thanksgiving at my new house this year so I’ve been planning the menu for weeks already. It’s always really hard to narrow it down! I want to try out a million new dishes but also stay true to the classic dishes that everyone loves and expects. I’ve also learned that the secret to entertaining a large group is to include a good number of dishes that taste great but require little prep work.
The Perfect 5 Ingredient Appetizer
My Blueberry Brie Bites are the perfect holiday appetizer. This 5 ingredient appetizer packs a ton of flavor and texture into one bite and it’s so easy to make! Crispy phyllo shells are filled with creamy, melted Brie cheese and sweet, succulent blueberries spiked with a hint of thyme and maple syrup. The sweet and savory combination is out of this world!
Quick and Easy Version of a Baked Brie
I used to make a whole baked wheel of Brie at the holidays but it was a lot of work and there was always a good amount leftover. My Blueberry Brie Bites are a much simpler option- a quick and easy version of a baked Brie. You can assemble the bites in about 15 minutes- perfect for the busy holiday season!
Phyllo Shells vs. Phyllo Dough
You can find phyllo shells in the freezer section of your grocery store. Whole sheets of phyllo dough can be quite tedious to work with. However, phyllo shells are already assembled and cooked! So all you need to do is heat them up in the oven. It doesn’t get easier than that!
How to Make Blueberry Brie Bites
I simply place a piece of creamy Brie in each pastry shell. Then I top it with a mixture of blueberries, thyme, and maple syrup. As the bites bake in the oven, the blueberries soften and start to burst. This infuses the creamy Brie with sweet, jammy goodness. I love the depth of flavor that the woodsy thyme brings to the blueberries. And the maple syrup adds the perfect touch of sweetness.
Blueberries Add a Boost of Nutrients
I love cooking with blueberries because they’re so versatile and can be used in a wide variety of both sweet and savory dishes. Plus, they’re really good for you and are a convenient way to meet the recommended amount of fruits per day. Fresh blueberries are a source of four essential nutrients – fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. One serving (a handful or a cup) of blueberries contains only 80 calories and naturally occurring sugars. I always have fresh blueberries in my fridge or frozen blueberries in my freezer to add a quick boost of nutrition to dishes like oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies and sauces.
What’s on your Thanksgiving menu this year? Are you trying out any new dishes or sticking to the classics? Leave a comment and let me know!
More Holiday Recipes
- Cheesy Sweet Potato Coins with Chipotle Crema
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Deviled Eggs
- Garlic Shrimp Bruschetta
- Naan Bread Pudding with Spinach and Caramelized Onions
- Apple Cranberry Crisp
Blueberry Brie Bites
- 1 box (15 count) mini phyllo shells
- 4 ounces Brie cheese, rind removed
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- ½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Arrange phyllo shells on a baking sheet. Cut the Brie into small pieces (about ½-inch). Mix the blueberries, thyme, and maple syrup together in a bowl.
- Place a piece of cheese in each phyllo shell and top with a spoonful of the blueberry mixture. Bake in the oven 16-18 minutes, until blueberries start to soften and Brie is melted. Remove from oven and serve.
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