Cranberry Brie Bites are an easy three-ingredient appetizer that are perfect for holiday parties.
Warm and delicious – everyone will love them! This time of year is all about holiday togetherness, and to me that means spending time with friends and family and enjoying fantastic food, drink, music, and memories.
This post was sponsored by The Mountain Valley Spring Water, but all opinions are 100% my own. #BackToTheTable #MountainValleyWater
Cranberry Brie Bites might just be the best appetizer recipe out there. Three simple ingredients, including cranberry sauce which is best made from fresh cranberries, double cream brie, and buttery crescent roll dough, make this two-bite appetizer a tasty treat that everyone will love.
But what good is tasty food at a holiday gathering if you don’t have the perfect drinks to serve with it? When I think of holiday entertaining, I always think of delicious appetizers and things like hot apple cider, spiked eggnog, and various cocktails. But the one thing everyone needs and wants is water. If serving high quality water to your friends and family hasn’t been a top priority when you’re playing host or hostess, allow me to change the way you think.
I was recently introduced to The Mountain Valley Spring Water, and I honestly don’t see myself ever wanting to buy any other water ever again. You may think that sounds funny, but the difference between Mountain Valley Spring Water and any other water I’ve ever had is astounding. The premium quality and taste of their spring water, which is preserved in glass, makes it the perfect pairing for the foodie scene and holiday entertaining.
To fully understand why Mountain Valley Spring Water is so outstanding, if you haven’t had the opportunity to taste it for yourself, some background information will give you a greater understanding of why their water is so amazing. First, Mountain Valley Spring Water is sourced in the Ouachita (WASH-ah- taw) Mountains, in the heart of the U.S.A., on 2,000 acres of protected forest. This is where a spring rises naturally to the surface. The majestic water has been slowly filtering into granite-based aquifers for 3,500-years. The pristine, untouched nature of the land influences the water’s unique mineral and pH
quality. Its refreshing taste and purifying power comes from the rich, unique blend of minerals.
One of my favorite aspects of Mountain Valley Spring Water is the mineral content, which is naturally occurring in the water. When I twist open the top to the glass bottle, I can actually smell the faint smell of the naturally occurring minerals, but the taste is nothing but what pure water should taste like. This unique blend of minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium provides a clean, crisp, refreshing taste. Their spring water maintains a 7.8 pH, a measure of the naturally occurring high alkalinity, which helps offset the stress of modern acidic diets and eases digestion. Their spring water attains its pH level completely organically and natural; nothing is added to their water to enhance it.
In addition to flat spring water, Mountain Valley Spring Water provides sparkling varieties as well, including flavored varieties like Blackberry Pomegranate which was a favorite among my guests. The flavored varieties are produced with the same process as highly concentrated extracts used in the food industry. The extracts are from natural fruit sources and never artificially enhanced. One thing we all noticed with the sparkling varieties is that the bubbles are incredibly small and delicate. This is different than any other sparkling water my friends and I had ever tried. You might not think bubble intensity would make much of a difference, but the small bubbles complemented the water rather than overpower it.
One last thing my friends and I could all agree on was that we loved the green glass bottles. Not only does the glass ensure the taste remains unaltered, but it is elegant. In addition to my holiday party, I put out the liter sized bottles of both the flat spring water as well as the sparkling on our Thanksgiving dinner table, and they were such a great complement to our holiday meal.
Mountain Valley Spring Water has been delivered to homes and offices for well over a century, but now they’re making it easier for everyone to find them in their local grocery stores. Many national retailers like Wholefoods and Krogers offer Mountain Valley Spring Water, so be on the lookout.
I know I’ve gushed on and on about Mountain Valley Spring Water, but I truly love it, as did my friends. If you’re doing any holiday entertaining this year, bringing your friends and family together for some great food and fun, you should definitely introduce everyone to this delicious spring water. In fact, Mountain Valley Spring Water is fantastic in cocktails, as well. Even something as simple as a squeeze of lime and a splash of your favorite spirit make for an outstanding adult beverage!
If you’re looking for an easy appetizer to share this holiday season, these Cranberry Brie Bites are a great choice. It’s always fun to try new and share traditional ways of experiencing the holidays this season.
I had such a great time hosting our first annual holiday party in our new home this year. My friends and I actually had a Mountain Valley Water Tasting (much like a wine tasting). Everyone was so impressed with Mountain Valley Spring Water that they kept going on and on about how impressed they were throughout the entire party.
Our party was full of old traditions like ugly Christmas sweaters and holiday music. We also introduced some fun games that I hope become new traditions for our holiday parties! The one thing that will always remain constant when I entertain is a focus on serving outstanding food and drink. Nothing goes better with holiday appetizers than Mountain Valley Spring Water!
Cranberry Brie Bites and Mountain Valley Water #BackToTheTable
Prep Time15 min
Total Time27 mins
Serves yields 24 bites ADJUST SERVINGS
- 8 ounces crescent roll dough
- 4 ounces brie
- 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare a large baking sheet by lining with parchment or a silicone mat.
Roll out cresent roll dough into a single sheet, ensuring all seams have been pinched together for a tight seal, into a shape that is about 12" long and 8" wide. Cut dough into 24 equal sized squares using a 6x4 grid.
To prepare bites, add a small cube of brie (about one cubic centimeter in size) and a small scoop of cranberry sauce (about 1/2 teaspoon) to the center of each square of dough. Bring opposite corners of the dough to the center and pinch in the middle.
Bake in preheated oven for 11-13 minutes, or until golden brown. The cheese may melt out of some, but you can easily scoop it back in when the appetizers or hot, or serve as is. They will be eaten either way!
Recipe and Blog Credit: Self Proclaimed Foodie