These brie & cranberry relish phyllo bites are the perfect appetizer to make for holiday parties. Also, if you've made a cranberry relish for Christmas festivities it's a great way to use up the leftovers for appetizers on New Year's Eve. That's exactly what I'm doing for our New Year's celebration this year. I've just recently started truly playing with phyllo dough and had so much fun making my own mini phyllo cups for these appetizers and others. They're easier to make than expected and are a great finger food for a party.
Making Mini Phyllo (Filo/Fillo) Bites
I honestly do not have much experience with phyllo dough, but making these little bites with homemade mini phyllo cups turns out great without much hassle. The key to succeeding with phyllo dough is making sure the dough is thoroughly defrosted in the refrigerator overnight. Once you're ready to use the phyllo dough make sure you have it up to room temperature before you start working with it. I let it sit out for about 15 minutes out of the fridge first, then I unroll it onto a large cutting board and cover it back up with plastic wrap and wet paper towels over any exposed edges for another 15 minutes. Do not let the dough dry out. You must keep it moist so it doesn't crack or break on you too easily.
If you just don't feel like making these mini cups or don't have time just buy the pre-made mini phyllo shells. The brie & cranberry bites will be just as great!
Brie & Cranberry Bliss
Brie and Cranberry go so well together; like peas and carrots, ham and cheese, cookies and milk, etc... There's just something about this smooth, yet bold cheese that balances beautifully with the sweetness of a delicious cranberry relish. It's a combination that even some leary cheese eaters might even enjoy.
Give these delectable little brie and cranberry relish bites a try and let me know how they turn out!Print