Dec 23
2013

Mini Brie & Pear Appetizer Quesadillas Recipe

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These mini quesadillas with melted Brie cheese, pear, cranberries and hazelnuts make the perfect bite-sized appetizer at only 57 calories apiece.
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As much as I love a good cookie at Christmastime, it’s really about the Brie. In fact, it’s a little too much about the Brie sometimes (says my jeans, not my heart). It was only two weeks ago that I posted my 3-Ingredient Brie & Cranberry Phyllo Turnovers. So, really I guess it’s all about Brie AND cranberries, preferably melted together.

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The danger comes when I sit myself in front of a wedge of Brie and proceed to devour the entire thing. It has happened…just ask my family. I can control the consumption if I tuck the Brie inside of something, like phyllo dough or whole wheat tortillas, and pair it with sweet and savory ingredients.

Did I mention that each of these treats is only 57 calories? Not too shabby for a holiday appetizer with oozing cheese.

Pears and dried cranberries add just the right amount of sweetness to these mini quesadillas, but it’s the hazelnuts that really bring all of the flavors together. The recipe calls for a small of amount of the nut, but just a dab will do you.

The recipe:

Using a 2 1/2-inch circle cookie cutter (or a glass with a 2 1/2-inch circumference and a small knife), cut 3 circles from each tortilla.

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In a medium bowl, toss together the pear slices, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, dried cranberries and hazelnuts.

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On one half of each tortilla circle, layer one pear slice, on piece of Brie and a couple of cranberries and hazelnut pieces. Fold over the tortillas to form half-circles.

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Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Place several quesadillas in the pan and cook until the tortillas are golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

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Repeat with the remaining quesadillas. Serve.

Other appetizer recipes:

Awesome Appetizer Recipes | cookincanuck.com
Cookin’ Canuck’s 3-Ingrededient Brie & Cranberry Phyllo Turnovers
Cookin’ Canuck’s Crostini with Balsamic Caramelized Onions, Melted Cheese & Sage
A Farmgirl’s Dabbles’ Mini Phyllo Cups with Whipped Goat Cheese, Grapes & Thyme
The Healthy Family & Home’s Healthy Artichoke Dip
Jessiker Bakes’ Homemade Sundried Tomatoes Bruschetta

Mini Brie & Pear Appetizer Quesadillas Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 24 mini quesadillas

Serving Size: 1 quesadilla

Calories per serving: 57 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 2.6g / Saturated Fat 1.5g

Mini Brie & Pear Appetizer Quesadillas Recipe

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

Ingredients

  • 8 whole wheat flour tortillas
  • 1 pear, cored & thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp chopped hazelnuts
  • 5 oz. Brie cheese, thinly slice & cut in half

Instructions

  1. Using a 2 1/2-inch circle cookie cutter (or a glass with a 2 1/2-inch circumference and a small knife), cut 3 circles from each tortilla.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss together the pear slices, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, dried cranberries and hazelnuts.
  3. On one half of each tortilla circle, layer one pear slice, on piece of Brie and a couple of cranberries and hazelnut pieces. Fold over the tortillas to form half-circles.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Place several quesadillas in the pan and cook until the tortillas are golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  5. Repeat with the remaining quesadillas. Serve.

Notes

Calories 57.2 / Total Fat 2.6g / Saturated Fat 1.5g / Cholesterol 5.9mg / Sodium 122.2mg / Total Carbohydrates 5.6g / Fiber 4.4g / Sugar 0.4g / Protein 2.8g / WW (Old Points) 1 / WW (Points+) 1

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness December 23, 2013 at 5:19 am

The hubs requested appies for dinner on Christmas and this looks totally right up our ally! Especially at only 57 calories a piece, you are a genius! You can never ever go wrong with brie cheese and I am loving the addition of the pears for a good crunch!

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2 Paula – bell’alimento December 23, 2013 at 6:37 am

Oh my this sound amazingly delicious! I had to share on Facebook!

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3 Bev @ Bev Cooks December 23, 2013 at 6:43 am

Here in a few weeks when I can eat brie again, I AM SO DOING THIS.

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4 Joanie @ Zagleft December 23, 2013 at 8:31 am

Brie is my weakness! This sounds wonderful and easy and perfect for a party.

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5 Liz December 23, 2013 at 9:14 am

Thank you for the nice recipe. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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6 Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen December 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Always yes to pears & brie!! Such a great (and easy!) appetizer, Dara!

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7 Katrina @ WVS December 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm

These look like the perfect snack! Lovely recipe!

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8 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl December 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Three cheers to brie!! I would trade a cookie or cheese any day. :)

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9 Tieghan December 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Mmmm!! Brie! I would love these cute little quesadillas!

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10 Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 23, 2013 at 11:56 pm

These are a perfect holiday bite!

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11 bellini December 24, 2013 at 6:39 am

I couldn’t let another day go by without wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas Dara. Eat lots and smile often. It does look delicious around the Cooking Canuck tree.

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12 La Cuisine d'Helene December 25, 2013 at 7:50 am

They look so good and easy to make. Merry Christmas!

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13 Karielyn@TheHealthyFamilyandHome December 28, 2013 at 12:28 am

Hi Dara! Thanks so much for including my Healthy Artichoke Dip in your list of other appetizer recipes…everything looks so good! ;)

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14 Nutmeg Nanny December 28, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Oh my, these look perfect. I love brie, what a combination you’ve made here :)

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