Pepper Jelly Apple Bacon Brie Bites ~ baked phyllo cups filled with brie cheese, sautéed apples flavored with cranberry-pecan Holiday Pepper Jelly topped with crispy bacon.
There are a few things I keep on hand this time of year to make entertaining snacks that are festive, but quick and easy. I always have a variety of cheeses in the fridge and a supply of pre-made phyllo cups and the latest addition is a few jars of pepper jelly.
Pepper Jelly Apple Bacon Brie Bites contain just 5 ingredients and are so simple to make you can even get the kids involved.
First, what are phyllo cups?
Phyllo cups called “phyllo shells” on their package are layers of phyllo dough already formed into cups and couldn’t be easier to use. You can fill them with almost anything and they’re easily found in the grocery store’s freezer section.
Today they serve as a one-bite vessel for creamy brie cheese, tangy Granny Smith apples flavored with Holiday Pepper Jelly and crispy Applewood smoked bacon. It’s a delicious tangy-sweet-salty blend.
What’s Holiday Pepper Jelly?
Holiday Pepper Jelly is just one several varieties from Jennifer’s Kitchen. It’s a mild pepper jelly with a blend of cranberries and pecans ~ the flavors of the holidays!
Each jelly created by Jennifer, a stay-at-home mom is made small batch and all natural, with no artificial dyes or preservatives.
What’s in these Pepper Jelly Apple Bacon Brie Bites?
- granny smith apple
- Holiday Pepper Jelly
- box of phyllo cups (shells)
- brie cheese
How to make Pepper Jelly Apple Bacon Brie Bites:
Preheat the oven to 375° then line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Dice the bacon, cook until crisp then remove from the skillet and set aside. Strain all but 1 tablespoon of drippings from the skillet and discard.
Peel, core and finely chop the apple then add it to the skillet. Sauté 4-5 minutes over medium heat or until the apples are tender stirring frequently. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to break up any larger pieces. You want it to look like a chunky applesauce.
Reduce the heat to low then fold the Holiday Pepper Jelly into the apples and cook one minute.
Place the phyllo cups (shells) on the baking sheet then remove the rind from the brie and cut 15 cubes about 1/2″ in size so they fit in the cups.
Add the cheese to the cups then top with about 1 rounded teaspoon of apple filling. Press 1-2 pieces of bacon on top and bake 8-10 minutes or until the cups are lightly golden.
Serve right away alone or as part of a charcuterie or grazing board.
What else can I make with these pepper jellies?
These jellies aren’t just for the holidays. They make entertaining and even mealtime easy and elevated all year. Brush any of the flavors on as a glaze for salmon, chicken or even pork.
Need a quick appetizer? Just spread the pepper jelly over a brick of cream cheese and serve it with crackers. I put out for them last weekend and my guests went crazy for it. You can find even more recipes here.
Where to get these pepper jellies:
It’s a great time to stock up on all these pepper jellies with 25% off! Go to Jennifer’s shop page and enter Gouda25 at checkout. They’re also sold on Amazon with free Prime shipping (discount does not apply).
Can I make this appetizer ahead of time?
Definitely! Prep the filling and cube the cheese then store in sealed containers in the refrigerator up to a day ahead. Just before serving, add the cheese to the phyllo cups, top with filling and bacon and pop them in the oven.
Thank you to Jennifer’s Kitchen for sponsoring this post.
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Pepper Jelly Apple Bacon Brie Bites
- 2 slices bacon cooked to crisp
- 1 large Granny Smith apple peeled, cored, diced
- 1/3 cup Holiday Pepper Jelly
- 1 box phyllo cups (shells) 15 count
- 4 ounces brie cheese
- Preheat the oven to 375° then line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Dice the bacon, cook until crisp then remove from the skillet and set aside. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of drippings from the skillet and discard.
- Peel, core and finely chop the apple then add it to the skillet. Sauté 4-5 minutes over medium heat or until the apples are tender stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to low then fold the Holiday Jelly into the apples and cook one minute.
- Place the phyllo cups (shells) on the baking sheet. Remove the rind from the brie cheese and cut 15 cubes about 1/2″ in size so they fit in the cups. Add the cheese to the cups then top with about 1 rounded teaspoon of apple filling. Place 1-2 pieces of bacon on top and bake 8-10 minutes or until the cups are lightly golden. Serve warm.