Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pecan-Brie Bites

One of my favorite times of day is after the kiddies are tucked in their beds and Handsome and I are snuggling on the couch. If it's winter, coffee is probably involved, and I usually have a snack. I try to have a sensible snack like apple slices and peanut butter or bananas and Nutella, or multigrain crackers and cheese. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, though, and savory snacks tend to win out. This recipe is an exception! It's slightly sweet with a drizzle of honey, but the other elements are savory enough to satisfy me. Since it includes brie, they're a once-in-a-while splurge. I make a habit of checking the gourmet cheese section at the grocery store so I can pick up the cheeses I love when they hit clearance.

Pecan-Brie Bites

1 package (15) precooked pastry tart shells
4 ounces brie, rind removed if desired
15 pecan halves

Preheat oven to 375°. Place the tart shells on a baking sheet. Cube the brie into 15 pieces. Place one piece of cheese in each tart shell. Sprinkle each with cinnamon and drizzle with honey. Top them off with the pecan halves. Bake for 6-8 minutes, until the cheese is melted.

(If you don't like pecans, you can always top the bites with raisins, diced apple, or dried cranberries.)