This is the last of the recipes from our Supper Club night: the appetizer. Brittney found this recipe on Pinterest when she was looking for a Fall-ish app, that involved cranberries. It turned out to be great for preparing ahead of time and then finishing up and assembling at my house, an hour before everyone came over.
Sparkling Cranberry and Brie Bites
- 2 C fresh cranberries
- 1 cup Maple syrup
- 1 cup Sugar
- 8 oz Brie cheese
- Cranberry chutney or cranberry relish
- Fresh mint
First, make the sugared cranberries: Rinse the cranberries and place in a medium bowl. Heat the syrup in a small sauce pan just until warm and pour over the cranberries. If the syrup is hot, then the cranberries might pop open. Cool and cover the cranberries in the fridge overnight to let the syrup soak in.
The next day, drain the cranberries, then roll them around in a bowl of sugar, until they are lightly coated. It also helps to let them sit out for a few minutes to dry. Finally, assemble the crackers with a slice of brie, some cranberry chutney, and the sugared cranberries. Top with a sprig of mint!
Edits: The first challenge Brittney had was finding cranberries since they aren’t in season yet and can’t be found in grocery stores until later this month. She ended up getting some dehydrated ones and rehydrating them — which was pretty impressive to me. When Brit came over, she had the cranberries and other supplies ready to go, so she just rolled them in the sugar and assembled the crackers.
Results: Everyone loved the crackers and ate them all! They look super fancy, but seemed pretty easy to put together, so my friends should take this as a warning that they’ll be seeing this recipe again soon… And thanks for Maggie & Erin for the super cute serving slate I finally got to use — isn’t it adorable in it’s coastal glory??
Update: I made these as an appetizer for Hunter’s family at Thanksgiving 2016 and they were a huge hit! Not only were they really easy to prep before and assemble the day of, but everyone loved them – even lil 1 year old Noah!