These Blackberry Brie Bites with Pecan Sage Topping are the perfect simple, fast and delicious appetizer recipe for the holiday season. Crisp puff pastry with sweet blackberries and creamy brie nestled inside, then topped with crunchy pecans and sage is the perfect little bite of happiness you need in your life!
The holidays are here! If you are anything like me you have planned out the turkey, the sides and the desserts, but may have overlooked the appetizer. This recipe is one of those that people think you spent a lot of time and effort on, when in reality it is a breeze. This recipe is super simple, fast and has a short-cut to make it even simpler. These Blackberry Brie Bites are the perfect last-minute holiday appetizer recipe that will save you time and your sanity all while impressing your guests. All you need is 20 minutes, a few key ingredients and the ability to cut square shapes (or in my case rectangles).
What Do You Need To Make Blackberry Brie Bites?
This recipe requires a few special ingredients, but hey it is the holidays so why not get some fancy stuff?! While there are some more luxury (for my house at least lol) ingredients you do not need that many or that much of any of them. Therefore, you can reuse the extra for another recipe you are making for your holiday gathering. To make blackberry brie bites you will need:
Blackberries (fresh or frozen)
Then pantry staples like honey and salt.
This recipe also requires you to have a few kitchen tools as well. Most of which are basic and you probably already have. Kitchen tools you will need for this recipe are:
Mini Muffin Tin
Knife (any sharp one will do, or a pizza cutter)
How Do You Make Blackberry Brie Bites?
First, you will need to prepare the puff pastry. I used a refrigerated one for this blackberry brie bites recipe. If you are using a frozen one that is perfectly fine, just make sure you defrost is first. Once you have the puff pastry ready, lay is out on a smooth flat surface, preferably a cutting board. If you do not have a cutting board large enough, no biggie just be careful not to cut your counter top. Now comes the time to try and get 24 even slices out of this thing. I went 4×6 (three cuts length wise and five cuts width wise) for mine and started out a bit large. Therefore, mine wasn’t perfect, but my lopsided rectangles still worked!
Next, spray the mini muffin tin(s) with cooking spray. This will make it a lot easier to get them out once they are cooked. Then fit each puff pastry square into each muffin tin cup. Press down the center so the edges pop up over the top. Repeat this until all the puff pastry is used and the muffin tin(s) are filled. Place the tins in the oven and bake for about eight minutes, until the pastry is blonde. While the puff pasty is in the oven, go ahead and start the blackberry filling.
Second, make the blackberry filling. To do this all you do is heat the blackberries, honey, salt and water in a small saucepan, Mash and stir the mixture until it begins to boil. Then reduce the heat to low and let simmer until slightly thickened. This all should take about 8-10 minutes and the result will be a thick syrup. Alternatively, you can skip this step and use a blackberry jam. Doing this will help save on some prep work, clean up and will require less ingredients. Just make sure it is blackberry to keep the same flavor. I really enjoy the blackberry filling I make and suggest using, but I know the holidays are stressful and this is one of those recipes where you can take a short-cut if needed. Do what works best for you!
Finally, it is time to put everything together. Once the puff pastry is slightly baked take them out of the oven. Using a spoon press down the center of each one. Next, fill each bite with a small spoonful of blackberry filling. Then place a small piece of chopped brie cheese on top. I leave the rind on the brie cheese, if you don’t want the rind on allow extra time to put your brie in the freezer for 30 minutes so you can get the ride off.
Return them to the oven and cook until golden brown. Once the blackberry brie bites are finished cooking I top them with a small amount of chopped pecans and minced fresh sage. If you do not have fresh sage, don’t fret you can use rubbed sage and just dust a small amount over the top. And you are finished! Serve warm and enjoy with your friends and family.
Sometimes during the holidays I find myself feeling exhausted at the idea of coming up with an appetizer when I know there is SO much food to cook. I love that this recipe is fast, I can take some short-cuts to simplify it, and I can put it out on a plate and not have to mess with it again. No keeping something warm in a crockpot, no utensils needed to serve, and no slicing. Just put them out on a plate and you are finished. Even better is that they are a finger food which means your guests can just grab and go and not worry about plates, bowls or silverware.
Lastly, I love this appetizer because it is vegetarian. On holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas the traditional dinners have tons of meat like ham and roasted turkey. This recipe allows for a little snack or start to a meal and isn’t heavy like a dip recipe. It is also nice to provide your friends or family who do not eat meat something to start that is different from the typical salad recipe. While my family eats all sorts of food I try and incorporate a lot of meatless dishes and this one pleases everyone.
I hope you, your friends and family have a wonderful holiday season filled with laughs, memories and of course amazing food! Enjoy eating and sharing these delicious blackberry brie bites at your next holiday get-together!
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Blackberry Brie Bites with Pecan Sage Topping Recipe
Preheat oven to 375. While the oven is preheating roll out the puff pastry on cutting board and slice into 24 equal squares. Place each square in the cup of a cooking sprayed mini muffin tin. Once oven is preheated, bake the puff pastry for 8 minutes.
While the pastry is cooking, combine blackberries, honey, water, and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir/mash the blackberries. Once boiling reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes continuing to stir. Once slightly thickened remove from heat and let cool slightly. *See Recipe Notes For Short-Cut*
After 8 minutes remove the puff pastry from the oven. Using a spoon smash down the center of each puff. Add the blackberry sauce, then a small piece of brie cheese to each one. Return to oven and cook an additional 5 minutes or until the pastry is golden
Once finished top with crushed pecans and fresh sage. Serve warm and enjoy!
*If using a frozen puff pastry make sure to properly defrost is first.
*If fresh sage is not available you can also use rubbed sage.
*Instead of making your own blackberry filling like suggested you can also use a store-bought blackberry jam if you wish. This will save on prep-work and time as well.
Blackberry Brie Bites with Pecan Sage Topping
Amount Per Serving
Calories 151Calories from Fat 95
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.6g16%
Saturated Fat 3.3g17%
Total Carbohydrates 11g4%
Dietary Fiber 0.8g3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.