Cherry Almond Brie Bites: Flakey crescent rolls filled with melted Brie cheese and a homemade cherry filling is the perfect appetizer for any party. Do I have your attention yet?
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A few years ago I saw so many of my friends posting different Brie recipes, but I just had no desire to jump on that band wagon. Oh, boy! Was I ever wrong to wait so long to try it. It is now one of my favorite cheeses.
Last year I made these Blackberry Brie Bites and was instantly hooked on the fruit and melty cheese combo. My husband wasn’t so impressed. That’s ok with me…more for me to enjoy and devour 🙂
I bought another round of Brie cheese to make something fun with over the holidays. No way was I letting that goodness sit as long as it did last time though. I knew right away that it was getting paired with some sort of fruit and crescent rolls. I tend to always have a few cans of crescent rolls in my fridge for easy recipes like this BLT Chicken Braid or these Cheesecake Nutella Twists. I’m a fan of having ingredients on hand for meals in minutes.
But I didn’t want to do the same little cups with the Brie this time. Enter in the crescent roll pockets.
Roll out the crescent rolls and press the seams together, then cut each rectangle into a square. You will be able to get 8 appetizer pockets from each can of crescent rolls. Then lay a slice of Brie and some filling on each square and fold up. Sprinkle on some almonds, and hello, Cherry Almond Brie Bites.
But I’m getting ahead of myself because first you need to make this amazing fruit spread. Yes, you could use a can of pie filling. There is no shame in that. I have been there, done that.
A bag of sweet dark cherries have been sitting in our freezer for some time waiting for me to use them in things like these Skinny Cherry Banana Smoothies. But for some reason holidays and smoothies don’t go together in my mind. They really should because then maybe I wouldn’t overeat on fudge and cookies. But that’s besides the point.
Anyway…back to the frozen cherries. You need to cut enough cherries in half to measure 2 cups. Then place them in a pan with some honey over medium heat until the juice from the berries starts to come out. Bring it to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. You will be amazed at the delicious, thick filling that happens in the pan in minutes.
The filling can be used in a variety of ways like in pie, on toast, or eaten with a spoon. But seriously, pair it with Brie. You just might fall in love like I did!
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