These Apple Bacon Brie Bites are a quick and easy throw-together appetizer recipe. They're perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas and are a great option for a last minute hors d'oeuvre this holiday season or for any special occasion!
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It's nice to have a crazy-simple, throw together appetizer option in your back pocket. After all, you never know when unexpected guests may pop over. And think about it. Once the turkey is in the oven and your sides are prepped and/or simmering away, who wants to be bothered putting together some elaborate appetizer before you eat all the things?
Not me. I prefer to spend my Thanksgiving morning watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with my girls and my coffee and getting all those deals online since I am seriously not into Black Friday shopping (why would I battle the crowds when I can get great deals from the comfort of my very own couch in my pajamas?!).
Last year was kind of a bummer because we had gotten rid of our satellite to save a little cash and the networks don't allow live streaming in my area. I think it may have been the first time in 31 years that I didn't watch that darn parade. I tried to periscope it, but it just wasn't the same. 🙁
Luckily, we'll be staying with family this year. Family with cable. What a luxury! I think A is finally at the age where the parade will hold her attention. At least for a short time. And T just follows what A does (the downside of this is we can't really keep screens away as easily when we allow her older sis to watch a small amount of TV. But what can ya do?).
Anyway back to the topic at hand: Apple Bacon Brie Bites. Quick. Super easy. Pretty darn tasty. And they have those great fall flavors that all the basic Jessica's like me live for (Or Jennifer's, Nicole's, Kelly's- has anyone else noticed that when you meet a person by one of these names, it's almost guaranteed that they were born in or around the 80's?).
And I am not even sorry about that flavor combo. Not even a little bit. Tart Granny Smith apples. Creamy Brie. Savory bacon (yaaaaaaaaasssss!). And the teeniest drizzle of honey- don't get as crazy as we did in the photos. My handsome assistant (J) got a little excited with the honey and I was so excited about clicking away that I allowed it all to spiral out of control. The lesson here: a tiny bit goes a long way.
The crispy phyllo cups are the element that make this whole operation so easy. In addition the delivering a fantastically crunchy texture, these save you a ton of hassle. I found ready-to-use phyllo cups in the freezer section of my local grocery store. These allowed this to be a lightning fast appetizer with minimal work on my part.
Best of all, they are not super heavy. Think of them as a primer for the feast. Your "pregame" if you will (trust me, you will). In addition to Thanksgiving these would be an excellent start to any holiday or celebratory meal. They have a very pretty, dare I say fancy look to them and they taste great to boot!
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Some of my other favorite appetizers are:
Apple Bacon Brie Bites
- 12 Ready-to-use phyllo cups
- Good quality brie cheese or whatever creamy cheese you prefer
- ½ of a Granny Smith apple sliced thin and cut into 1 inch pieces
- Lemon juice
- 2-3 slices of bacon cooked until crispy and crumbled
- Honey for drizzling
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a pan with parchment or foil for easy clean up.
- Arrange your phyllo cups on the pan.
- Cut your brie into bite size pieces and place them into the phyllo cups (don't be stingy!!).
- Drizzle your apple pieces with a little lemon juice to prevent browning and mix them so they're evenly coats. Place 2-3 pieces into each phyllo cup. I kind of stuck them into the brie and fanned them so they looked pretty.
- Sprinkle the crumbled bacon generously into each phyllo cup.
- Bake these for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is nicely melted.
- Drizzle very lightly with honey and serve immediately.
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