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Bacon, Brie & Cranberry Puffs

Updated on November 18, 2013

The first time I tried the flavor combination of brie, bacon and cranberry I was having a delicious meal with my grandparents at my favorite hotel in Scotland.

The dish with the bacon, brie and cranberry was beautifully presented as a starter, melted together in a red hot ramekin and served with oat cakes.

Since trying it that first time, I have noticed that these ingredients when served with one another tend to be associated with winter holiday party food here in the UK.

The puffs in this recipe bring all of the wonderful sweet, salty and savory flavors together in a convenient bite sized morsel. They are made to be served with a starter or as finger food. I've purchased similar puffs to these frozen in stores but nothing compares to making your own with fresh ingredients and they really are incredibly simple and straight forward to make.

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • Yields: 1-24

Ingredients

  • Puff pastry
  • Streaky bacon (unsmoked)
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Brie

Instructions

  1. Cut up the bacon and fry it until all the fat has come away so you're left with dark (not burned!) and crispy bacon bits
  2. Next spray the muffin pan with cooking spray and line the mini muffin cups with a thin disk of puff pastry cutting away the excess. This isn't an exact science, don't worry about how pretty they look as long as the pastry is in there.
  3. Poke holes in the bottom of the pastry cups.
  4. Add a small dollop of cranberry sauce in the bottom of each cup. I used whole berry ocean spray sauce. Home made or smooth would also be fine.
  5. Sprinkle some bacon bits on top of the cranberry.
  6. Add a chunk of brie to the top of the bacon bits.
  7. Top with some more bacon bits if you are feeling fancy.
  8. Bake in a 180c (350f) preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 mins before gently popping the little puffs out of their muffin cups.
Norpro 24 Cup Tin Mini Muffin Pan
Norpro 24 Cup Tin Mini Muffin Pan

Even if you have a nice non stick pan like this one (very similar to mine) it's always a good idea to use some cooking spray just to be sure. Nothing ruins bite sized lumps of awesomeness like having to chizel them out of a pan.

 

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      daflygabe 3 years ago

      Oh so yummy looking. Love bacon, so all over it!

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      This sounds yummy! Liked and pinned.

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      mikedrake89 3 years ago

      I need these in my life.....preferably in large amounts. Amazing recipe thank you!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is going on my list of appetizers to make over the holiday season. Sounds delicious!

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      thatelfguy 3 years ago

      My bacon trick: do not separate the bacon, put the whole slab into the crockpot, add 1/4 cup cold water, cook on the "low" setting overnight, and in the morning you'll have a wonderful-smelling kitchen, and nicely cooked bacon bits that easily separate from the fat.

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      What a wonderfully unique flavor combination. Will try this!

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      WinWriter 3 years ago

      These look really good. Great for a party!

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      Stuwaha 3 years ago

      @Johanna Eisler: As long as you got the balance of flavors to come through without one overshadowing the others I'm sure it would be delicious :D

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      Oooh, that looks good! Would it be too much of a good thing to use regular size muffin pans?

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      Stuwaha 3 years ago

      @tfsherman lm: My husband and I were discussing this earlier, we were thinking about making them in advance for Christmas by assembling them in the pan then sticking the whole thing in the fridge to bake when required. I don't know about baking them then storing and reheating though because puff pastry is so delicate... You could always give it a dry run! :)

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      tfsherman lm 3 years ago

      This looks exactly like the Thanksgiving hors d'oeuvre I wanted to find! Thanks a lot. I wonder if they can be made in advance and then reheated?

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      This looks and sounds great!

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      Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      This mix of flavours and tastes looks tempting... Thumbs up!

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      DLeighAlexander 3 years ago

      This sound delicious and easy to make too! Great appetizer for a Thanksgiving dinner.

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      mmm, sounds like an interesting combination, very flavourful, thanks for sharing!

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      Makes my mouth water! Can't wait to try this recipe.

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      BohemianVagabond 3 years ago

      This seems like an absolutely delicious Thanksgiving recipe. Simple, presentable and I love the flavor combinations!

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      Mary Crowther 3 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Love this recipe...simple, fancy and delicious!

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      Robin S 3 years ago from USA

      This recipe has been featured at What's Cooking at Squidoo. You can see it here: https://www.facebook.com/cookingatsquidoo

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      Scott A McCray 3 years ago

      Yum. It has bacon! How can you go wrong?!

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      sybil watson 3 years ago

      This sounds so delicious! It would be easy to have all the ingredients on hand for a last minute holiday party.

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      Sharon Bellissimo 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      I will have to try these. Not too many ingredients and easy to follow recipe, thanks.