Simple Holiday Survival: Mini Baked Brie Bites

SSD Mini baked brie

Today’s Simple Holiday Survival Recipe is for Mini Baked Brie Bites.  I love baked brie, and this is such a simple recipe, I think I could make it every day! Enjoy!

Mini Baked Brie Bites


  • 7 oz. Imported French Brie Cheese Round
  • Two Packages Frozen Mini Fillo Shells (30 total shells)
  • One Jar Cranberry Relish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Take fillo shells out of packaging and place frozen shells onto baking sheet (I cover baking sheet with tin foil to make for easy clean up!).  Cut the brie round into bite sized pieces(see “Notes On Brie” below). You can get 30 pieces from one 7 oz. brie round.  Place a piece of brie into each fillo shell.  Bake filled shells for 5-8 minutes, until cheese is melted but not browned.

Remove from oven; place a dollop of cranberry relish on top of each filled, baked shell.  Place on serving platter and serve warm.

Notes On Brie:

  • The brie round will come out of the packaging with a white rind on it.  This rind is edible; you can choose to keep the rind on, or you can remove it.  Just make sure before you cut it that the cheese is cold — it makes for easier cutting.
  • You can actually FREEZE brie! This comes in handy for this recipe – Freeze the piece of brie for about 30 mins., and then you can cut it into small pieces easily. Package those small pieces in a baggie for future use! Great to prep your appetizer the day or week before you serve, or just to have handy when company drops by! I recommend you freeze brie only when you plan to cook it — it alters the texture slightly, so I would not serve it on a cheese platter!


Simple 10 Minute Project To Save You Big Money

If you have 10 minutes and a can of non-petroleum based lubricant, you have all the tools you need to do a simple maintenance project sure to save you big money down the road.  If you are like me, you take your garage door for granted — that is until is stops working and your car is trapped inside!   (Just happened to me!)  According to Harold from AAA Overhead Door (my guy on call!), he recommends every 6 months, use a non-petroleum based lubricant (WD 40 or teflon spray product) to maintain your garage door. Here’s how:

  • Before starting, move your car out of garage, so it doesn’t get sprayed.
  • Spray all the joints on the inside of door.
  • Spray all the wheels on the side of the door that move the door up and down.
  • Spray the bar/track that runs from the motor to the door.
  • Spray the giant coils above the garage door.

That is it! A little maintenance goes a long way!

Harold also recommends doing this if your door starts getting really squeaky or noisy.  In addition, if you close your door and it pops back up, be sure to check the safety sensors at the bottom on either side of the door to make sure they are aligned.  He says that is the number one reason he gets called out, and it is an easy fix — But costs $ in labor charges to have him come out to do it!


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