In just over 24 hours I get to see my youngest sister. In July I hugged her tight with a big knot in my throat and told her never to be smart, be safe and to remember 75 mph is a perfectly acceptable speed on the interstate. She was headed from Tennessee to California to spend the semester at a new university. This is the longest I have ever gone without seeing her and I am missing her badly!
So in order to celebrate her return I needed to make some snacks! I just can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with food, can you? Oh I know! Snacks and drinks! That is really the way to celebrate! These Cherry Almond Brie Bites are a five ingredient appetizer that cannot be beat! Crispy, buttery gluten free pie crust is packed with warm gooey brie cheese and topped with sweet cherry preserves, a dried cherry and almonds for crunch. It is a great combination of sweet and savory and can be prepped ahead of time for an effortless appetizer!
To create a real treat I pair these Almond Cherry Brie Bites with Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvee Brut. It is a wonderful blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This wine has flavor notes of green apple, citrus, honey and Asian pair so it is a wonderful compliment to the flavors of the brie bites.
If you are unfamiliar with Gloria Ferrer it is a family owned winery founded by the Ferrer family of Spain. Named for José Ferrer’s wife, Gloria, the winery opened in 1986 in the breezy, now-famous region in southernmost Sonoma County. Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards was the fulfillment of a longtime family dream: to make world-class méthode champenoise sparkling wines in an exceptional New World terroir. Gloria Ferrer wines have earned over 400 gold medals and 50 90+ scores in the last 5 years. So it is the perfect addition to your holiday parties!
Just in case you are looking for a simple and delicious appetizer and wine pairing for your holiday parties be sure to add this to your list! It won’t disappoint!
10 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- 1 package of ready to bake gluten free pie crust (you can use a from scratch crust also)
- 1 (4-6 ounce) round of brie, rind removed
- 1/4 cup cherry preserves
- 1/4 cup dried cherries
- 1/8 cup crushed almonds
- Preheat oven to 400
- Spray a 24 count mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Press a small amount of the crust into the bottom of each muffin tin. Be sure to press the crust all the way the sides.
- Place a small chunk of brie in each tin.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Let the cheese pies cool for a few minutes, then remove from the pan and let cool completely. Add a small spoonful of jam and top with a dried cherry and a few crushed almonds.
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