Now that Halloween is over, how many of you are starting to think ahead to all the Christmas parties, or for my American friends all the Thanksgiving festivities coming up? I know for me my brain is starting to go "Hey, hey Kim! We got to get on this!", then the other part of me goes "Hey lady wait until after Remembrance Day, have some respect!". Which I do, we are not ones to do much Christmas prep until after November 11th.
These little bites though are great for any get together. They are quick, and loaded with flavour! Plus bacon... it is always good when bacon is involved.
Caramelized Onion and Bacon Brie Bites
1 can of Pillsbury original croissant rolls
1 - 300 gram wheel of brie cheese (you won't need all of is, so save some to just snack on)
2 medium sized onions, sliced thin
2 tablespoons of salted butter
2 tablespoons of white cooking wine
3 slices of thick cut bacon, cooked and diced into small pieces
In a large pot, or deep saute pan. Melt the butter on a low heat until it is bubbly and liquid form. Add sliced onions, stir to coat in the butter. Cook on low heat for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring every 3 to 5 minutes. Once the onions have turned a caramel colour then add the cooking wine, deglaze the bottom of the pan by using a spatula to scrape the bottom with all the brown and caramel bits. Set onions aside.
While you are cooking the onions, preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease 2 mini muffin tins with cooking spray.
Open the can of Pillsbury croissant rolls, take a rolling pin and gently roll it out, or with your fingers gently close the slits so it is one giant dough strip. Cut the dough into 15 squares, roughly 2 inches in size.
Place each piece of dough into a muffin spot, and gently press into the bottom.
Cut your brie cheese into 15 - 1 inch cubes. Place each cube into the prepared muffin tin, on the dough.
Place the muffin tin in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until the dough is golden brown and the cheese has melted.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before gently removing from the tins.
Add the cooked bacon to the onions and mix together. Place about 1 tablespoon of the onions and bacon onto each croissant and brie bite.
Serve right away or package it to take with you to a party. They are tasty warm or cold.
As you all know I don't often used premade products, but when I do I honestly rely on Pillsbury to get me out of a jam. I am always happy with how the products turn out and it is perfect of you don't have an entire day to make croissant dough. It is quite the labour process, so it is so nice to have the option to open up a can and have it ready to go.
Also a great thing is, most brie cheese already seem to have the perfect set of lines to cut your 1 inch cubes on! How convenient is that.
Who else loves brie cheese? I find is such a rich cheese that can be used in so many different ways. I especially love it on sandwiches or salads. If I come to a gathering or party and see brie, I am all over it in minutes!
Happy Baking... and eating!
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