Happy New Year! To bring 2016 to a festive close today, I'm sharing my official recipe entry for the Cape Cod Select Holiday Blogger Recipe Challenge. Cape Cod Select's premium frozen cranberries are hands down the best frozen cranberries I've cooked with! Cape Cod Select is a family-owned Massachusetts-based company that ensures cranberry lovers can use the tart red berry in their baking and cooking year round -- not just during the holiday season! Just in time for any last-minute New Year's Eve parties tonight...or even a fun game-day appetizer...I'm sharing my entry in the Baking Category: Cranberry-Thyme & Brie Phyllo Cups.
For this savory-sweet bite-sized appetizer, a creamy whipped brie cheese mixture is baked in phyllo cups. Then, each cup is topped with a cranberry compote that's flavored with orange and fresh thyme. This appetizer looks sophisticated, but the components can be made up to a day ahead. Then you simply assemble, bake, and top when you're ready to serve. Add some nice wine or champagne, and you've got what I hope is an award-winning sweet-savory appetizer. Everyone who has tried these appetizers has loved them! Simple, gorgeous...and flavorful...is a winning combination!