Cranberry Havarti Puff Pastry Bites are a delicious and easy appetizer to make for any special occasion. With cranberries, Havarti cheese, and puff pastry as the main ingredients, these bite-sized treats are sure to impress guests. Not only do they look beautiful on the plate, but their crunchy texture and salty-sweet flavor will make them a favorite of all who try them.
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Cranberry Havarti Puff Pastry Bites
This puff pastry appetizer is perfect for celebrating the holiday season with adults. Made in a muffin tin, these bites are ideal for an Hors D’ Oeuvres table. The delicate, flaky crust of the puff pastry, creamy Havarti, sweet cranberry, and fragrant rosemary make for a sweet and savory snack. This appetizer is the best companion for pinot noir.
Puff Pastry – Each box of store-bought comes with two sheets. You will only need one sheet for this unless you want to double the recipe. Doubling the recipe will make 48 bites. Make sure you thaw the pastry in the fridge and take it out 10 minutes before using to make it more pliable.
Cheese – Typically, these bites are made with brie cheese. However, we prefer the creamy, nutty flavor of aged Havarti. It also melts well and pairs nicely with the buttery pastry and sweet sauce.
Cranberry Sauce – We used jellied cranberry sauce for these bites. You can use whole berry cranberry sauce or even homemade sauce.
Herbs – I love the piney, fragrant flavor of a pinch of fresh rosemary. They look nice on the bites and provide a fragrant balance.
Making Havarti Puff Pastry Bites
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Start out by spraying (2) 12-count muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray.
Unfold puff pastry and using a pizza cutter, slice the pastry into 24 squares. I used Jus Roll type which is one long sheet on parchment.
Add one square of dough to each muffin tin well.
Add one small square of Havarti (or Brie Cheese).
Spoon one teaspoon of cranberry sauce over the cheese.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown, puffy, and firm to the touch.
Remove from oven, and garnish with a pinch of fresh rosemary!
Wine Pairing for Cranberry Puff Pastry Bites
These flavorful bites are excellent when paired with wine. For red wine pairings, a Pinot Noir or Zinfandel are great options. They provide a nice balance of fruit and spice to help bring out the cranberry’s tartness and accentuate the salty-sweet flavor of the cheese. The folks at Erath Wine have a variety of delicious varietals for all your entertaining needs.
Erath Wines are world-class and have been around since for over 40 years and is created in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. Their award-winning pinot noir pars perfectly with our puff pastry appetizer.
No matter what wine Erath Wine you choose, Cranberry Havarti Puff Pastry Bites are sure to make an impression! With just a few ingredients, they can easily be whipped up in no time at all for any special occasion. Guests will love them – so don’t forget to make plenty!
Keeping cranberry puff pastry bites fresh and delicious is easy! The best way to store them is in an airtight container or zip-top bag. Place the cranberry puff pastry appetizers in the refrigerator for up to five days and you will still have a delicious snack come party time. To heat, simply place on a baking sheet at 350°F for 10–15 minutes until they are golden brown and warmed through. Serve with your favorite wine pairing and enjoy! With cranberry puff pastry bites, you can easily make any gathering special. Enjoy!
These Cranberry Puff Pastry bites can be frozen and stored in an airtight container for up to 3 months. To enjoy from frozen, add them to a baking sheet and heat for 15 minutes at 350°F.
More Puff Pastry Appetizers to Try
Love puff pastry? So do we! Check out these Puff Pastry Appetizers for your next party.
Cranberry Havarti Puff Pastry Bites
- 2 12-count muffin tins
- nonstick cooking spray
- oven adjusted to center rack position
- cutting board & knife
- 13.2 ounces puff pastry dough
- 8 ounces Havarti cheese
- 8 ounces cranberry sauce *your choice of variety
- 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary sprigs
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray (2) 12-count muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray.
- Unfold puff pastry and using a pizza cutter, slice the pastry into 24 squares. I used Jus Roll type which is one long sheet on parchment.
- Add one square of dough to each muffin tin well.
- Add one small square of Havarti (or Brie Cheese).
- Spoon one teaspoon of cranberry sauce over the cheese.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown, puffy, and firm to the touch.
- Remove from oven, and garnish with a pinch of fresh rosemary! Enjoy warm!
Elizabeth James says
Delicious and soooo easy