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~Gobble Gobble -- Turkey-Day Cranberry & Brie Bites~

IMG_7128 2While these easy-to-make appetizers are perfect for any large-or-small fancy-or-relaxed Turkey-Day feast, they're great almost any time of the year.  I've been know to serve them on occasion as a warm-up to one of my winner-winner roasted chicken Sunday dinners.  As for the recipe, there really isn't one so-to-speak -- I came home with it "in my head" (as it was told to me) after enjoying a few at a mid-morning Christmas cookie-exchange brunch-party a few year ago.

Perfect for our just-the-two-of-us Turkey Day feast this year:

IMG_7117And, just four easy-to-gather-together ingredients too: 

IMG_70412  tablespoons all-purpose bench flour, for dusting pastry board

1  8-ounce canister Pillsbury crescent rolls

8  ounces triple-creme Brie

1  cup whole-berry cranberry sauce

24 tiny, fresh rosemary sprigs, for garnish

no-stick cooking spray, for preparing mini-muffin pans 

IMG_7048 IMG_7048 IMG_7048~ Step 1.  Spray the inside cups of a mini-muffin pan or two pans (enough for 24 appetizers) with no-stick cooking spray.  Ready a pastry board, a small rolling pin, spatula and tart tamper (if you have one).  Spread a bit (1 1/2-2 tablespoons) bench flour on a pastry board, just enough to give the board a thin dusting.

IMG_7054 IMG_7054 IMG_7054 IMG_7054 IMG_7054 IMG_7054~Step 2.  Open the canister of rolls.  Carefully roll dough out on the prepared board to form a rectangle.  Using your fingertips, pinch the seams together, then, using a light touch, use a mini-rolling pin to even out the surface.  Slice dough into 24 even-sized squares, about 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" each.  Gently lift each dough square up and tuck it into a muffin cup.  Using a small tart tamper, push the dough down to form a flat bottom.

IMG_7072 IMG_7072 IMG_7080 IMG_7080 IMG_7080~Step 3.  While the Brie is very cold, slice the brie, as evenly as you can, into 48 small 1/2"-sized cubes.  Place two cubes of cheese in each crescent-dough-lined muffin cup.  Top each appetizer with 1 generous teaspoon cranberry sauce, doing your best to make sure to get 1-2-3 whole berries incorporated into each cup.  Just do your best.  

IMG_7097 IMG_7097 IMG_7097 IMG_7097 IMG_7097 IMG_7107~Step 4.  Bake on center rack uf preheated 355° oven until crescent dough is light-golden and cheese is melted, about 12-14 minutes.  Remove from oven and place pans on a wire rack to cool 6-8 minutes.  With the aid of a sharp-tipped paring knife, gently lift each appetizer up and out of the muffing tin. Garnish each appetizer with a tiny sprig of fresh rosemary.  Serve warm or at room temperature (they hold up well for 4-6 hours).

Simple, straightforward, &, most importantly, super-special.

IMG_7133Absolutely easy, yet elegant & extraordinary too:

IMG_7142Gobble Gobble -- Turkey-Day Cranberry & Brie Bites:  Recipe yields 2 dozen appetizers/8 servings @ 3 per person/12 servings @ 2 per person.

Special Equipment List:  pastry board; mini-rolling pin; chef's knife; small spatula; 1-2 mini-muffing pans, enough for 24 appetizers; tart tamper; wire cooling rack; sharp-tipped paring knife

IMG_6937Cook's Note: Is there anyone who doesn't love to be invited to someone's home for breakfast or brunch? There's just something light-hearted, laid-back and downright bushy-tailed about sharing the first meal and few hours of the day in the company of family and friends.  The best way I can describe the experience is:  it's like waking up in the morning to find out it snowed and they cancelled school.  Everyone "gets into the spirit of it" -- and, it doesn't have to be fancy-schmancy either.  Try my ~ Fresh Strawberry, Brie & Biscuit Breakfast Crostini ~.

"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2020)


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