Easter might be our favorite holiday in the Rookie Chef family.
Growing up, we would spend hours in the kitchen with our parents prepping for for the whole family to come over on Easter Sunday to spend time together with a great meal.
This year, we ventured to our uncle’s house for dinner — with an appetizer plate on our to-do list. Usually leaning towards a savory dish, we decided to venture to the sweet side with Camembert Jam Bites.
1 tube of crescent roll dough (8 oz)
24 raspberries (blackberries are also an alternative)
Berry jam (your favorite flavor — we used Black Raspberry)
Camembert cheese (a small round will do)
To start, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and take out the crescent roll dough. You’ll want to roll out and cut the dough into 24 equal sized small squares. Grab a muffin tin (we used a 12-cup mini muffin tray) and place the dough squares into each cup.
For the filling, cut off (or pull) a small piece or two of Camembert cheese (without the cheese rind) and place into the dough cups. Try and keep an even amount of cheese per cup.
Top the cheese filling with a small dollop of berry jam. You won’t want to overfill, since the dough cups will bake and fill the muffin tins as their own mini-bites.
Place the muffin trays in the oven for about 12 minutes until the bites have a golden brown crisp to the edges. It’s easy to check the corners while baking on this one — some might be done a little sooner or need a couple extra minutes baking.
To plate, we used a glass serving tray — appetizer style and laid out all the jam bites together. Time to get out those raspberries.
While the cheese is still warm from the oven, place a single berry on top of each jam bite so that it will act as a glue for the toppings. The fresh berry on top adds a great freshness as well.
Once serving — it’s best to devour these little guys right out of the oven or while they are still warm and the cheese is slightly melted.
If you can’t serve immediately after baking, pop in the oven for 5 minutes to warm up (or a bit longer to desired temperature) at your party, event or dinner.