These cheesy and easy four-ingredient appetisers will remind you of brie baked 'en croûte'—which is the French term for anything baked in pastry. Here, the delicious handheld parcels are made from storebought puff pastry and filled with nutty Gouda cheese. Topped off with a dollop of lingonberry jam for sweetness, they'll be the first to go on the buffet table!

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to an approximately 11-by-16-inch rectangle. Trim edges straight to a 10-by-15-inch rectangle. With the tines of a fork, prick pastry all over at 1/2-inch intervals. Cut into twenty-four 2 1/2-inch squares (a 4-by-6 grid). Press each square into the cup of a mini muffin tin. Spoon 1/4 teaspoon Dijon into bottom of each pastry shell. Refrigerate until pastry is firm, at least 15 minutes.

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  • Bake until pastry cups are puffed, golden along edges, and beginning to set, about 15 minutes. Working quickly, remove from oven and press a cube of cheese into center of each pastry with the handle of a wooden spoon. (Cheese should depress pastry to reach bottom of cup.)

  • Continue baking until pastry is golden brown and cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes more. Let cool in tins a few minutes. Transfer to a serving tray, top with jam, and sprinkle with pepper. Serve warm.

Cook's Notes

Baked, cooled bites can be frozen in an airtight container up to 1 month. Reheat from frozen in a 425°F oven until warmed through, about 10 minutes.

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