I know I’ve said this before that cooking wasn’t always my best subject!!! Now that I have a few years under my belt, I must admit that I’m hooked. I love it, I love all the different things there are to learn and try. The ways certain foods go together even if you wouldn’t even think of mixing them with each other like cheese, mayo and pears (a different recipe I will share later). Then there is the sampling part which makes me, as certain people say, ‘Happy, Happy, Happy’.
Ok these little pop in’s are named this because every time you walk by them you just have to pop one in. And the next time you pass them, you guessed it, you pop one in. These are super easy and fast but look and taste like you have spent hours thinking and planning such wonderful bites of goodness. Just think at your next pot luck or friendly get together and you bring these, you will be the coolest kid on the block!! haha
- 2 packages of Mini phyllo shells (you can find them in the freezer section of your grocery store)
- package of walnut halves
- 4 ounces of Brie Cheese
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of honey
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Line a cookie sheet with foil (easy clean up, just take off and throw away)
3. In a dry skillet place walnuts over medium-high heat and stir often for 5-7 minutes. Be careful because once they are ready they will burn very quickly.
4. Place the mini phyllo cups on the lined baking sheet and put a cube of brie into each cup (the size of the cube is really up to you, so long as it fits in the cup). You can also substitute and good melting cheese you like if brie isn’t one of your favorites.
5. Next I place a walnut half on top of the cube of cheese (sometimes for a cheaper option I get the walnut pieces and toast them the same way as the halves and then but about 1/2 tsp in each cup).
6. Top walnuts with 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of brown sugar, I prefer the 1/2 tsp myself. Try it a few different ways and find your favorite combination. If you want a deeper, richer flavor use dark brown sugar.
7. Add a drizzle of honey to the top. I just put a big blob (not sure blob is a word in recipes but it is mine, lol) of honey. Then pop in oven for 15-20 mins depending on your oven and enjoy!!!