Fast, Fancy & Flavorful Holiday Appetizer: Wild Blueberry & Brie Pastry Bites


The holiday season is upon us once again, and you know what that means: holiday parties! I love hosting holiday parties at my house. My girlfriends and I get super into it. We carefully craft the menu and the cocktails (and of course what we’re wearing!). We keep the menu easy — appetizers only. We like food that’s super easy to eat and doesn’t take a lot of time to make.

We don’t rely on your everyday apps either (no cheese and cracker platters here), we like big flavor with a little bit of fancy and my Wild Blueberry & Brie Pastry Bites totally fit the bill. I tested these bites at a friend’s house last week and they were a big hit. The combination of crispy pastry, rich and gooey brie cheese, and the not-too sweet Wild Blueberry sauce really makes for the perfect appetizer. I also love that you can bake them up at home and then reheat them right before serving without sacrificing flavor or texture. They were just as delicious reheated as they were fresh from the oven!

What’s the secret to getting these delicious appetizers on the table quickly? Mini phyllo shells. There’s no need to mess around with sheets of pastry or put in tons of time to make your own dough. Pre-made frozen phyllo shell cups come ready to be filled with Wild Blueberries and melty brie.

The Wild Blueberry sauce is super simple to make, too. Just simmer your frozen Wild Blueberries with a touch of maple syrup and some festive spices, and you’re good to go. After about 10 minutes, you’ve got yourself a tasty Wild Blueberry sauce that’s also super healthy. Wild Blueberries are rich in antioxidants that provide heart, brain, and anti-aging benefits. That’s something not many holiday appetizers can boast!

Whip up a batch of these Wild Blueberry & Brie Pastry Bites for your next get together; they’re sure to be a hit.

For other holiday appetizer ideas try my Wild Blueberry Pinwheels, Wild Blueberry Sweet Potato Stacks, or these Wild Blueberry & Goat Cheese Hand Pies.

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Wild Blueberry & Brie Pastry Bites

1 pkg mini phyllo shells
8 oz brie

For the sauce:
1 ½ cups frozen Wild Blueberries
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Make the sauce by simmering frozen Wild Blueberries with maple syrup, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon until it thickens, about 15 minutes.
  2. Defrost phyllo shells.
  3. Place one tsp Wild Blueberry sauce in the bottom of each cup.
  4. Trim the skin off the brie cheese and place one tsp of the brie into each cup on top of the Wild Blueberry sauce.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes until pastry is golden brown (or follow package directions).
  6. Remove from oven and sprinkle each cup with thawed Wild Blueberries.
  7. Serve warm.

About the Author

Danielle Omar is a registered dietitian, clean-eating coach, teacher and cookbook author. She is a passionate food and nutrition educator and founded Danielle Omar Nutrition to support busy men and women on their journey to becoming their healthiest self. An avid cook, she also enjoys sharing plant-based recipes and nutrition strategies on her Food Confidence blog.

Danielle has a Master’s degree in Nutrition and has been teaching nutrition at the college level for over 10 years. She has contributed to local and national media outlets such as The Washingtonian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Shape Magazine, and Women’s Health Magazine. Through her private nutrition practice, media work, and group programs, Danielle has successfully motivated hundreds of busy professionals and families to eat confidently and live a healthy life.