Baked Brie Bites with Champagne Jelly

Looking for a fun and festive hors d’oeuvre to serve at your New Year’s Eve party? What could be more appropriate than champagne jelly!? The sweetened, solidified sparkly pairs beautifully with a mild and creamy cheese like Brie. Just barely melt a bit of Brie into a crispy wonton cup and top with the jelly. You’ll have a beautiful presentation that will impress your guests. Though the appealing appetizer is easy to make, it does take a few days to set the jelly, so be sure to plan in advance. The recipe follows.

What You Need:
1 package pectin (1.75 ounces)
3 cups champagne
¾ cup water
4 cups sugar
1 package wonton wrappers
Brie (or another mild, creamy cheese)

What to Do:
For the Champagne Jelly

Working with pectin requires a bit of precision; ingredients must be added in a the right order. Also, the jelly may take a day or two to set so make this recipe in advance.

Begin by sterilizing two half-pint jam jars. You want them to be still warm when you make the jam, so time this accordingly.

Mix the water and pectin thoroughly in a large saucepan. Bring to a roaring boil over very high heat and boil for 1 minute while stirring vigorously.

Reduce the heat to medium heat and immediately add in the champagne and sugar. Keep the mixture on just under boiling until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat.

If there is any foam, skim it off with a metal spoon. Pour the solution in the jars, leaving just a little bit of room at the top. Seal the jars immediately. Let the jar come to room temperature and then steadily move to the refrigerator. Do not be tempted to mess with the jar too much until the jelly is set.

For the Baked Brie Bites
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Remove one wonton wrapper at a time from the packaging. Each wonton wrapper yields 4 cups. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut the wrappers into four equal squares. Grease both sides of each square generously with cooking spray, oil or butter.

Place each square into a round of a mini muffin pan. Bake the wrapper for about 5 to 7 minutes until lightly browned. Take them out of the oven and place a half-teaspoon of cheese into each cup. Pop them back into the oven for a minute or two until the cheese is just barely melted. Top with champagne jelly and serve warm.

About the Author

Currently based out of Boston, Jesal is a blogger, freelance writer, yoga enthusiast and lifelong vegetarian who spent four years eating her way through New York City and various other cities around the globe. After answering hundreds of emails and phone calls answering the question, "Where's a cool place I can take my vegetarian friend out to eat" she started Veggiewala to efficiently share her knowledge of the vegetarian food scene with curious carnivores, flexitarians and other vegetarians.