Camembert Cheese and Cranberry Sauce Fillo Bites
December 1, 2014—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.
Fillo dough (also spelled phyllo) is characterized by its paper-thin (very thin paper!) sheets that bake to a crispy, flaky, multi-layered finish. Because fillo has a relatively neutral flavor, it can be filled with a variety of ingredients, from sweet to tart, savory to salty. Trader Joe's Camembert Cheese and Cranberry Sauce Fillo Bites take the tart-savory-sweet route, with a side trip to pungent, with delicious results.
The combination of Camembert and cranberries creates a decidedly distinctive flavor profile, different from any we've encountered elsewhere. Camembert is sharper, more pungent, and tangier than its soft-ripened cousin, Brie, so it brings an ample bite to every… bite. Pairing the Camembert with naturally tart cranberries is an inspired coupling, if we do say so ourselves, and a hint of sweetness neatly ties the cheese and berry flavors together.
Serve Camembert Cheese and Cranberry Sauce Fillo Bites at a cocktail party, as appetizers leading into a holiday meal, or as a mid-afternoon, after-school snack - our entirely unscientific research indicates that this initially strange-sounding snack is a real winner. Bake until they're golden brown and the cheese starts to get bubbly. We're selling each 5.5 ounce box of eight pieces for $3.99. You'll find them in our freezers.