This week Wheat and I had a couple of friends over for dinner and I wanted to put together a quick and easy appetizer for us to snack on. It was just the sweet and savory little bite to tide us over until dinner. They look impressive, but they are crazy easy!
What you need:
– mini phyllo shells (they come 12 to a box)
– finely chopped pecans
– light brown sugar
– baby brie wedge
That’s it! To make clean up a cinch and party throwing a breeze, line a baking sheet with foil and preheat the oven to 350 with plenty of time to spare before your guests arrive. Then place the phyllo cups on it, cut up the brie and put a small piece in each phyllo cup. Then put 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar on top, drizzle generously with honey and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Bake at 350 for 5 to 7 minutes or until the brie is melted.
I like to keep these mini phyllo cups in the freezer, and I always keep pecans in the freezer, too. And we always have honey on hand, so putting these together is a piece of cake! As far as types of honey, I like tupelo honey, and the honey I used was actually made by bees on my parents’ property! This isn’t the same honey, but this website from Smiley Apiary explains the finer points of tupelo honey pretty well. Wewahitchka, Florida is also where Ulee’s Gold was filmed and is a huge producer of some of the South’s finest honey.
In the South, people can get pretty touchy about which sort of honey is the “best,” and most of us, as we are with so many things, are fiercely proud of whatever variety we grew up eating. And tupelo is obviously the best – Van Morrison agrees. Therefore, I say tupelo… but if you’re from Orlando, use orange blossom. Whatevs. :)
Also, can we talk about the difference a camera can make? I’ve read on many food blogs that you don’t necessarily need a DSLR, a point and shoot is fine… Well, I’m calling BS. I’m going Rebel and never going back. These were shot with Wheat’s Canon Rebel Xt (?) – I know it’s a model they no longer make. Anywho, its fab and I’m stealing it until I save up enough for my own. I know the time will come when he will want to take it somewhere and I’ll be stuck with my Nikon Coolpix again and I don’t think I can ever go back. Canon Rebel T3… I’m coming for you!
I would also like to wish a very happy birthday to my brother in law, Parks! We are looking forward to celebrating with you tonight!