These are perfect for brunches, cocktails parties and, especially, picnics. You could also substitute dried cranberries for the holidays. They are another one from my fabulous friend Jennifer.
Easy Cheese & Fruit Tarts
Frozen (defrosted) small pastry shells
1 (15 oz.) can sliced Bartlett pears in syrup, drained
8 oz. wedge Brie cheese
Follow package directions on shells re: defrosting. Preheat oven to 400F. Chop pears and place in center of pastry shells. Trim away outer edge of Brie and cut cheese into small pieces; place over pears. Top each with 3-4 dried cherries. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Excellent served warm or at room temperature.