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Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites

Serves Makes about 16 appetizers     adjust servings


Ingredients

Sugared Cranberries

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries*
  • 1 cup good maple syrup (ahem...the 99 cent generic brand works too.)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

To assemble

  • 16 crackers (I used water crackers)
  • 8 ounces Brie cheese, sliced
  • cranberry chutney or cranberry relish**
  • fresh mint for garnish, optional
  • Assemble crackers with one slice of brie, a light layer of cranberry chutney, and 4 or 5 sugared cranberries. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs, but only if you are trying to impress or seriously love mint. The mint flavor didn't really add anything, in my opinion.
  • Serve immediately. The wetness from the cranberry sauce will start to creep up on the sugared cranberries, making them not so sparkly. These are best assembled last minute.

Instructions

  1. Rinse cranberries in a colander, discarding any that have become soft. In a medium bowl, heat syrup in the microwave just until warm. (I think mine took 30-45 seconds.) If it is too hot, wait a few minutes--you don't want your cranberries to pop. Add cranberries to the syrup. Cool, cover, and let soak in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Drain cranberries in a colander; do not rinse. Place sugar in a large bowl or baking sheet. Add cranberries in 2 batches and roll around until lightly coated in sugar. Place on a baking sheet until dry, about 1 hour.
  3. Assemble crackers with one slice of brie, a light layer of cranberry chutney, and 4 or 5 sugared cranberries. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.
  4. Serve immediately. The wetness from the cranberry sauce will start to creep up on the sugared cranberries, making them not so sparkly, so these are best assembled last minute.

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