Looking for a versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a dessert or appetizer? Something that will make you feel all warm and cozy inside...look no further than these Pear-Brie Strudel Rolls! These little morsels are filled with the rich taste of creamy brie cheese, tender spiced pears, and chopped nuts...all enveloped between layers of paper thin phyllo dough, brushed with butter, and baked to golden brown perfection.
1 1/2 cups chopped pears (1 1/2 medium)
1 cup apple juice or water
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme (optional)
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
15 sheets frozen phyllo dough (14x9-inch rectangles), thawed
1/2 cup butter, melted
18 thin slices Brie cheese (4 ounces)
Fresh thyme sprigs (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil; set aside.
For filling, in a small saucepan combine pears, apple juice, maple syrup, and, if desired, snipped thyme. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until pears are tender. Drain pears; discard liquid. Return pears to saucepan. Add nuts to saucepan. Add brown sugar and apple pie spice; toss gently until mixed. Set aside.
Unroll phyllo dough. Stack five phyllo sheets on a work surface, brushing each sheet lightly with some of the melted butter before topping with the next. Cut phyllo stack lengthwise in half and crosswise in thirds to form 6 squares total.
Place a slice of Brie cheese near the bottom edge of a phyllo square. Spoon a rounded tablespoon of filling on top. Fold bottom edge over filling; fold in sides. Roll up around filling. Place on prepared baking sheet.
Repeat with remaining phyllo squares, Brie, and filling. Brush tops with some of the remaining melted butter.
Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until rolls are golden. (Rolls may leak slightly during baking.) Cool on a wire rack.
Serve slightly warm. If desired, garnish with fresh thyme.
Recipe Adapted from BHG
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