These Cranberry Orange Brie Tarts are the perfect appetizer for the holidays and are kicked up a bit with a pinch of cayenne pepper. The sweet, spicy, orange filling is nestled in a crunchy phyllo shell with creamy brie cheese.
Your guests will love how festive this bite-size appetizer is. They will think you fussed but I’ll let you in on a secret – they are super easy to make! As in prep to table in less than 20 minutes.
Cranberry Orange Brie Tarts
Whether you are planning a Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year Eve’s gathering for 5 or 50, these tarts should definitely be on your party list. No one will be able to resist the flavors going on in this bite-sized appetizer.
Planning food for entertaining is one of my favorite things to do. I love trying new foods, drinks and decorating (I’m all about that part!). Entertaining should be a fun thing for you to do and not get stressed out about.
Plan your holiday party menu with these easy and quick cranberry orange brie tarts that your guests will love.
Over the years I have found having a variety of appetizers is the way to go but not overdoing it with too many choices. Choose a signature drink like this Pomegranate Martini, provide mixers with other alcohol, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks as well.
Last year I made this simple Antipasto Olive Tree appetizer that would be very festive on your table. I would also suggest this make ahead Lemon Feta dip and Sweet Potato rounds with goat cheese, cranberries and honey – so delicious.
Today’s recipe will need these ingredients.
What ingredients are needed for cranberry orange brie tarts?
- cranberry sauce (I used whole sauce not jellied)
- phyllo shells
- orange zest
- cayenne pepper
- fresh rosemary and cranberries for garnish
The first step is to mix the sauce with orange zest and the cayenne pepper.
For the next step you will place about a teaspoon of the cranberry mixture in a phyllo cup and top with a cube of brie cheese.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake tarts for about 11-12 minutes until the cheese melts.
There you have it! A super quick and easy appetizer that your guests will love!
To make the tarts look festive, I added some fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs for a pop of color.
What are tips for making cranberry orange brie tarts?
Since the cooked tarts do get a bit soft over a long period of time, I would suggest making the filling ahead and having the cheese cut into cubes.
When ready to make the tarts, add the cranberry sauce and top with cheese and bake. This way too you could keep hot tarts coming out of the oven all night long.
If you aren’t a fan of the cayenne pepper, leave that out and the tarts will be just as delicious.
There is no need to defrost the phyllo shells ahead of time – just remove from freezer when ready to assemble.
I hope you have a great holiday season!!
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- 15 phyllo shells
- 6 tablespoons whole cranberry sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon orange zest
- 2 oz. brie cheese, cut into 1/2" cubes
- 1 tiny pinch of cayenne pepper (as in about 10 grains)
- Preheat oven to 350°
- In a small bowl combine the cranberry sauce, orange zest and cayenne pepper
- Place the phyllo shells onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat mat
- Place about 1 teaspoon of mixture into shell and top with a cube of cheese
- Bake about 11-12 minutes until cheese is melted
- Serve immediately
Nutrition Information:Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 116mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g
Nutritional information provided is computer-generated and only an estimate. You may want to do your own research with the ingredients listed if you have concerns about health or specific diets.