These crowd-pleasing cranberry-brie bites are the easiest scratch appetizer you can make. Plus, unlike other shareable appetizers, these won’t make a mess. You’ll find the mini phyllo shells in the frozen foods section. These are best warm and hot, so cook them as you need them.

Adam Hickman


Credit: Liz Mervosh

Recipe Summary

1 hr 20 mins
1 hr 20 mins
Serves 15 (serving size: 2 bites)


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  • Combine cranberries, sugar, orange juice, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, just until berries begin to burst, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl, and lightly mash with a fork. Chill, uncovered, 1 hour. 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Place shells on a rimmed baking sheet. Tear cheese into small pieces, and divide evenly among shells. Bake in preheated oven until cheese is softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven, and top each shell with 1/2 teaspoon of the cranberry mixture. Sprinkle evenly with pistachios and lemon zest. Transfer to a serving platter, and serve immediately.