A recipe for making puff pastry Brie bites with bacon and Port wine caramelized onion. A delicious warm snack which can be served at a party, as a starter or a side dish served with soup.
This recipe is adapted from a blog called Kokkerellen met Suus. A Dutch blog with delicious recipes. And I changed it by making it an appetizer instead of a dinner. Because that way these appetizers are great to serve at my next party.
And because I love Port wine I caramelized the red onion in a dash of Port wine. It's such a great combination with the onion flavor.
Can you eat the Brie cheese rind?
You can eat the rind of the Brie, just like you can with Camembert or other soft-ripened cheeses. The Brie is made by scooping curd into a cheese mold and letting the whey run out. This makes that the cheese becomes sturdy.
After that step it's sprinkled with a special chosen fungus. The fungus adds flavor to the Brie and provides the outer rind. The fungus is not harmful and you can eat it.
Is it safe to eat Brie when you're pregnant?
It depends. In the past, Brie was always made from unpasteurized milk. This is dangerous when you're pregnant (and when you're elderly, under 4 or ill) and you don't eat it.
But nowadays most cheeses, including most types of Brie, are made with pasteurized milk. In that case you can just eat the Brie safely. So make sure you always check the label of which type of milk it is made of.
By the way the fungus on the outside of the Brie is not dangerous when you are pregnant, elder, very young or ill.
Ingredients for these warm puff pastry Brie bites
To prepare these delicious Puff pastry Brie bites with bacon and port wine you only need a few ingredients. And here you can see them at once:
How do you prepare these puff pastry bites from the oven?
An easy printable recipe for these oven baked puff pastry bites with Brie, bacon and Port wine can be found at the bottom of this blog post.
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (210 degrees Celsius). Put a frying pan on the stove and bake the onions in a bit of oil until they're glaze. Then add the garlic and stir fry for 30 seconds. Pour the Port wine into the pan and add thyme and sugar. Stir and let it simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
In a second frying pan bake the bacon until it's brown and crisp.
Step 2: Line a baking plate with baking paper. Cut every sheet of puff pastry in four squares and put them on the baking tray. With a fork press some holes into the puff pastry, so air can escape when baking in the oven.
Step 3: Top every puff pastry bite with a spoonful caramelized onion, some bacon and a lump of Brie cheese. Flavor, at taste, with pepper.
Step 4: Bake the puff pastry bites for 20 minutes in the oven until they're golden. Serve immediately.
- Fry the bacon for 5 minutes on medium heat in a dry frying pan. Take the bacon from the pan and let it drain on a paper kitchen towel. That way they get really crisp.
- The side where your puff pastry got's it's plastic cover is the site on which you put the topping.
- Prick holes into the puff pastry. That way the air can get out and the appetizers stay flat.
- When caramelizing your onions, make sure you're stirring now and then. You don't want them to stick to your pan (and for sure you don't want to clean that sticky bottom ;-))
These puff pastry Brie bites with bacon and Port wine are a great appetizer, side dish or starter. And because you've looked up this recipe, you might be interested in:
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- A conventional oven is used. When using a convection oven (with air fan) decrease the temperature with 30 °F / 20 °C
- 4 sheets puff pastry
- 3 red onions
- 1 clove garlic
- 50 ml Port
- 1½ teaspoons dried thyme
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 100 grams bacon
- 100 grams Brie cheese
- ground black pepper freshly ground
Ingredients you need per step are listed below the step in Italic
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (210 degrees Celsius).
- Cover a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Defrost the puff pastry.
- Halve the onions and slice into rings. Squeeze the garlic clove.
- Cut the Brie into slices.
Oven baked puff pastry with Brie, bacon and caramelized onion
- Place a pan on medium heat with 1 tablespoon of oil and fry the onion in 3 minutes until translucent.
- Add the garlic and stir fry for 30 seconds.
- Lower the heat and pour the Port in the pan and add the thyme and sugar.
- Simmer for 10 minutes without a lid. Stir the pan from time to time so that the onion doesn't burn.
- Meanwhile, fry the bacon in a second frying pan until crispy. Let the bacon drain on a kitchen towel.
- Get a slice of puff pastry and cut into quarters. Place the slices on the baking tray.
- Prick holes in the puff pastry with a fork.
- Put a spoonful of caramelized onions and some bacon on each slice of puff pastry.
- Place a piece of Brie on top and sprinkle with pepper to taste.
- Place the baking tray in the oven and bake for 20 minutes until the snacks are golden brown.