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Bacon, Cranberry & Brie Bites

November 16, 2013

About 7 years ago I discovered the delicious flavor combination of bacon, brie and cranberry. I was at the Killin Hotel with my husband and my grandparents and it was served as a starter to our meal, beautifully presented with the bubbling hot goo contained inside a small ramekin and oatcakes on the side (as well as some pretty salad fluff).

I was so impressed with the dish that since that time I have experimented on various occasions with different ways to serve these ingredients together, and as with anything else, some of my attempts have been more successful than others.

Below I have outlined a really easy way to merge bacon, brie and cranberry sauce into fancy looking, mouth watering finger food which is simple to prepare and proves that you don’t have to spend a lot of time or break the bank to impress your guests.  

Ingredients: 

Puff pastry

Streaky Bacon (unsmoked)

Brie

Cranberry sauce

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Method: 

1. First chop the bacon up and fry it until all the fat cooks out so you’re left with dark and crunchy bacon bits. The chopping will go lot more smoothly for you if the bacon is partially frozen but this is not essential.

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2. Once the bacon is cooked put it to one side on top of some paper towels to wick away any remaining grease.
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3. Next spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray (even if it says it’s non stick) and line it with thin disks of puff pastry. The cups don’t have to look pretty, just make sure that the edges are trimmed and that the dough isn’t so thick that you can’t fill them. Prick the bottom of the dough with a fork.

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4. Put a small scoop of cranberry sauce in the bottom of each cup.

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5. Sprinkle some bacon bits on top of the cranberry layer.

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6. Top each cup with a chunk of brie (don’t worry about the rind) and then if your’e feeling extra fancy sprinkle some more bacon on top.

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7. Bake in a 180c or 350f preheated oven for 15 minutes.

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8. Allow to cool for at least 5 mins before trying to pop them out of the pan. Be very careful if you’re eating them straight out of the oven because the cranberry sauce will be like lava.

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Enjoy!  

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One Comment
  1. Have to try this. Thanks for posting.

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