Cranberry Blue Cheese Bites Recipe

When the holiday season arrives, I find myself gravitating to all things red, green and blue. And by blue, I mean getting my hands on all blue cheese appetizers that I can! It never fails that during the holiday season I seem to have friends and family stopping by with little notice and I find myself scrambling for a last-minute bite to serve. I like to have a stock of appetizer ingredients on hand during the holiday season and always have blue cheese on hand to make my favorite Cranberry Blue Cheese Bites.

Freshly prepared Cranberry Blue Cheese Bites

I love blue cheese because it can be so versatile. It’s salty but also has a sweet side so it pairs well with a lot of different flavors and Litehouse offers a great line of blue cheese. One of my favorite combinations is blue cheese and cranberries because you get a nice bite of the nutty/salty cheese and the sweet cranberries. The best part about this appetizer is that it requires minimal prep and comes together in under 20 minutes!

Phyllo shells can be found in your grocer’s freezer aisle and require zero pre-baking. Grab the shells from the freezer and fill then with your cheese mixture – pop in the oven for 12 minutes and you’re all set to garnish and serve! I like to use canned whole berry cranberry sauce for an easy topping and a walnut half to complete the look. If you’re feeling festive you can also garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

If you’re anticipating unexpected guests or preparing for small gatherings with friends, keep these 5 ingredients on hand this winter to make this simple appetizer. There is nothing easier than a tray of Cranberry Blue Cheese Bites!

Blue Cheese Cranberry Bites Recipe

Serves 3-4 | Finish in 20 minutes
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Cranberry Blue Cheese Bites are an easy appetizer, perfect for the holidays! These tiny bites feature blue cheese and cream cheese and are topped off with cranberries and walnuts.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 count) phyllo pastry shells
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup Litehouse® Artisan Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • 1/3 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 6 whole walnuts, cut in half

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix together the blue cheese and cream cheese. Divide mixture between 12 pastry cups on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the cheese looks slightly melted.
  3. Top each pastry with a small amount of the cranberry sauce and a walnut half. Serve warm.

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