Bacon, Brie & Cranberry Puffs
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
- Puff pastry
- Streaky bacon (unsmoked)
- Cranberry sauce
- 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
- 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.
- Poke holes in the bottom of the pastry cups.
- 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.
- Sprinkle some bacon bits on top of the cranberry.
- Add a chunk of brie to the top of the bacon bits.
- Top with some more bacon bits if you are feeling fancy.
- Bake in a 180c (350f) preheated oven for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 mins before gently popping the little puffs out of their muffin cups.
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.