Dec 9
2013

3-Ingredient Brie & Cranberry Phyllo Turnovers Recipe

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Brie cheese and cranberry sauce are tucked into phyllo dough to make irresistibly flaky and cheesy appetizer turnovers. Thanks to Athens Foods for sponsoring this post and helping me to share this recipe with you.
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I think I would be breaking some sort of politically correct holiday rule if admitted that one of my favorite part of the holidays is the appetizers at holiday parties. Okay, it doesn’t actually beat watching my kids’ eyes light up on Christmas morning (you see…food doesn’t have a complete hold over me!) But there is something about meatballs on toothpicks, mini stuffed phyllo shells and savory crostini that puts the “holly jolly” in my Christmas.

And what is a holiday party without some sort of baked Brie dish? The problem is that I will station myself right beside that oozing cheese and elbow aside anyone that tries to take it away from me. That pretty much blows my Healthy Eating Tips & Tricks for the Holidays out of the water.

So, I had to find a way around the “eat-entire-wheel-of-Brie-and-gain-10-pounds-in-one-night” issue.

3-Ingredient Brie & Cranberry Phyllo Turnovers Recipe | cookincanuck.com #appetizer

That’s where the Athens Fillo (phyllo) dough comes in. When I wrap a small piece of Brie cheese into a fillo turnover, with a dollop of good-quality cranberry sauce tucked inside, I feel satisfied within a few turnovers. I still get the satisfaction of that melted cheese heaven without completely overdosing on Brie. And the light, flaky pastry adds a wonderful, satisfying texture to this perfect finger food.

I always keep a package of fillo dough in my freezer because it’s great for last-minute appetizers. A package of the dough defrosts within two hours and is very easy to work with, provided you keep the dough covered with a damp towel so that it doesn’t dry out.

The first couple of turnovers never turn out perfectly – at least mine don’t. But as soon as you get the hang of folding the dough into triangles, it’s a breeze. My youngest son even got into the act, especially when he knew that he was going to be able to sneak extra pieces of Brie cheese.

Like mother, like son.

The recipe:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Unroll the defrosted fillo dough and place it under a damp kitchen towel to stop the dough from drying out. Cover whenever the dough is not in use.

Lay 1 sheet of the fillo on a large cutting board. Lightly coat with cooking spray. Top with another sheet of fillo dough, coat with cooking spray and repeat one more layer of fillo dough and cooking spray.

3-Ingredient Brie & Cranberry Phyllo Turnovers Recipe | cookincanuck.com #appetizer

Cut the dough lengthwise in thirds. Place 1 piece of Brie cheese and 1/2 teaspoon of cranberry sauce about 1-inch from the bottom of one section of dough. Fold the dough over top of the Brie and cranberry sauce to form a triangle.

3-Ingredient Brie & Cranberry Phyllo Turnovers Recipe | cookincanuck.com #appetizer

Continue to fold, maintaining the triangle shape until the end of the dough is reached. Repeat with the other two strips of dough. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
Repeat with the remaining dough, Brie cheese and cranberry sauce.

3-Ingredient Brie & Cranberry Phyllo Turnovers Recipe | cookincanuck.com #appetizer

Bake until the turnovers are golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve.

Other easy appetizer recipes:

Easy Appetizer Recipes | cookincanuck.com #recipe #appetizer

Cookin’ Canuck’s Grilled Zucchini Rolls with Goat Cheese, Roasted Peppers & Capers
Cookin’ Canuck’s Creamy White Bean Dip with Parmesan Cheese & Sage
Center Cut Cook’s Grilled Shrimp Bruschetta
Baked Bree’s Blue Cheese & Onion Flatbread
Spiced’s Provence Tartlets

3-Ingredient Brie & Cranberry Phyllo Turnovers Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 37 minutes

Yield: 18 turnovers

Serving Size: 1 turnover

Calories per serving: 58 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 1.5g / Saturated Fat 0.8g

3-Ingredient Brie & Cranberry Phyllo Turnovers Recipe

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 1 roll (1/2 package) Athens fillo dough, defrosted
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 oz. Brie cheese, cut into 18 1-inch squares
  • 3 tbsp cranberry sauce or chutney

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Unroll the defrosted fillo dough and place it under a damp kitchen towel to stop the dough from drying out. Cover whenever the dough is not in use.
  3. Lay 1 sheet of the fillo on a large cutting board. Lightly coat with cooking spray. Top with another sheet of fillo dough, coat with cooking spray and repeat one more layer of fillo dough and cooking spray.
  4. Cut the dough lengthwise in thirds. Place 1 piece of Brie cheese and 1/2 teaspoon of cranberry sauce about 1-inch from the bottom of one section of dough. Fold the dough over top of the Brie and cranberry sauce to form a triangle. Continue to fold, maintaining the triangle shape until the end of the dough is reached. Repeat with the other two strips of dough. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  5. Repeat with the remaining dough, Brie cheese and cranberry sauce.
  6. Bake until the turnovers are golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve.

Notes

Calories 57.8 / Total Fat 1.5g / Saturated 0.8g / Cholesterol 4.7mg / Sodium 67.5mg / Total Carbohydrates 9.1g / Fiber 0.4g / Sugars 1.4g / Protein 2.1g / WW (Old Points) 1 / WW (Points+) 2

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tieghan December 9, 2013 at 6:34 am

These look so incredible, Dara!! Such a perfect combo!

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2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) December 10, 2013 at 6:36 am

Thanks, Tieghan. All of the flavors and textures work so well in these little turnovers.

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3 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective December 9, 2013 at 6:59 am

Such a brilliant idea Dara… I want one. Or 19.

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4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) December 10, 2013 at 6:36 am

And that’s exactly my problem, Sommer…I want to eat 19!

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5 Bev @ Bev Cooks December 9, 2013 at 7:00 am

I. Love. It.

Can’t wait to inhale 14 pounds of BRIE here in a few weeks.

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6 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) December 10, 2013 at 6:37 am

Thanks, Bev. Now that sounds like my idea of a good time. Bring on the Brie!

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7 Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche December 9, 2013 at 8:19 am

Gorgeous! I love having brie and jam together at this time of year but had never thought of making little turnovers – think I’d end up eating all of these! ;)

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8 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) December 10, 2013 at 6:37 am

Thanks, Becca. The fillo dough is such a great thing to have on hand for little appetizers like these turnovers. The Brie and jam really are a magical combination.

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9 Andrea Campbell December 9, 2013 at 9:16 am

They look delicious and so festive!

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10 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) December 10, 2013 at 6:38 am

Thank you, Andrea. They work so well for a holiday party.

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11 Barbara December 9, 2013 at 9:22 am

Perfect for a holiday app! Looking forward to making this very soon. Thanks!

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12 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) December 10, 2013 at 6:38 am

Thanks, Barbara. I’m looking forward to making these again during the holidays. I hope you have a chance to try them.

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13 Annalise @ Completely Delicious December 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm

These look so perfect Dara!

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14 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) December 10, 2013 at 6:39 am

Thanks, Annalise! But not perfect enough to stop me from eating them. :)

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15 Liren December 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I am totally guilty of hovering over an entire wheel of brie during the holidays! Ok, any time, actually. Love these bites, Dara! Seems like we’re both in a cranberry and brie sort of mind these days :)

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16 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) December 10, 2013 at 6:40 am

Oh yes, a wheel of Brie can be a dangerous thing. I’ll be popping over to your site to see what sort of Brie/cranberry goodness you’ve whipped up.

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17 Paula – bell’alimento December 9, 2013 at 7:41 pm

These look amazing! I need a plate of these right now!

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18 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) December 10, 2013 at 6:40 am

Thank you, Paula! Yep, a whole plate is the way to go.

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19 Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 9, 2013 at 11:18 pm

These are gorgeous, a perfect holiday appetizer!

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20 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) December 10, 2013 at 6:40 am

Thanks, Laura. We’ll be making these throughout the holidays, for certain.

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21 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough December 10, 2013 at 7:51 am

Love these little brie bites! I may have to convince my family to add these into our spread this Christmas. :)

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22 David @ Spiced December 10, 2013 at 8:07 am

Thank you so much for including the Provence Tartlets!! These Brie & Cranberry Turnovers look quite delicious, too!

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23 MaryAnne December 10, 2013 at 10:52 am

These sound delicious! I’m usually intimidated by fillo dough, but I will try these!

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24 The Wimpy Vegetarian December 10, 2013 at 10:56 pm

This looks fantastic! And so easy, which is perfect for the holidays. Gorgeous photos too :-) Pinning right now to make for a party this weekend ! happy holidays!!

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25 Kim Beaulieu December 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I want to try these over the holidays. Absolutely beautiful and look so tasty. Love the the photos.

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26 jane December 16, 2013 at 11:48 am

these look SOOOO good!

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27 Nutmeg Nanny December 18, 2013 at 11:40 am

Oh yes! I bet these taste amazing :) and they’re relatively simple

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28 Camilla January 23, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Yum! Planning to make these for a party this weekend. Do you have any advice for making them ahead? Assemble ahead and wait to bake until just before the party? Or assemble and bake ahead, just reheating before the party? Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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29 Micheline February 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm

What a wonderful idea and beautiful, crisp photos. I would love these even as a main dish with a salad.

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