Baked Brie – Simple, beautiful, and certain to delight! Best of all, this is one of the simplest appetizers you’ll ever make! And you know it’ll just take 5-10 minutes to prepare, so it has to make it to your Thanksgiving table. The ultimate appetizer for any occasion is easy baked brie with honey, garlic, and rosemary. It’s a crowd-pleaser when served with bread or crackers. Yes, I’m sold! There is nothing like hot, melty cheese scented with honey, garlic, and rosemary. And you’ll be hard pushed to find a more basic appetizer that will wow the pants off your visitors. The honey complements the creamy cheese well, while the rosemary and garlic infuse the brie just slightly. Ideal with crostini, crusty bread, or crackers. You’ll like my failsafe method for wrapping the cheese.
Baked Brie Recipe:
Baked Brie is undoubtedly the finest melting cheese on the planet. You’ll forget about your problems when you cut through the rind and the interior oozes out like lava. It’s like cheese-lovers’ paradise! But, apart from cheese addiction, here’s why Baked Brie should be on your radar:
It’s the simplest appetizer / party starter in the world! Simply bake a brie for 15 minutes or microwave it for 2 minutes. Place on a tray, top with a heaping pile of crispy crackers, and continue to pull up and up….. LOOK AT THIS CHEESE PULL!!!
- a Brie wheel
- Maple syrup
- Garlic cloves
- a Sprig of thyme or fresh rosemary
- Crostini or other robust crackers or bread
How To Make Baked Brie?
- Make use of a circular wheel of brie cheese (you can use any type of soft cheese with a rind, camembert also works well). Cut a diamond pattern onto the top of the rind before placing it in a baking dish. I like to use an oven-proof serving plate so that I don’t have to transfer the cheese once it’s done.
- Slice a garlic clove very thinly, then slip it into the incisions, followed by a few rosemary sprigs. Place the brie in a hot oven and generously drizzle with honey.
- Bake until the cheese is barely soft, around 5-7 minutes depending on the size of the cheese.
- Serve immediately with toast or crackers after removing from the oven.
Tips And Tricks:
- Best Brie – For this, I recommend choosing a less expensive brie. This recipe works just as well with cheap brie as it does with expensive cheese. If I splurge on pricey brie, I serve it as is since I believe that modifying it is a waste of money!
- How long it will be gooey – in a ceramic dish, it will be scoop able for around 15 minutes. On paper, about 10 minutes, then spread it on with a knife for another 10 minutes or so.
- How to reheat – only a few seconds in the microwave! In the microwave, a full brie takes 2 minutes, so use it as a starting point for leftover brie.
- Leftovers – OUTSTANDING! When the cheese hardens, the honey / maple syrup will be incorporated in, making it even more delectable. What does it matter if you have to scrape up the dregs and pour them into a tiny ramekin? OR smear it on bread and broil it!
What Exactly Is Brie Cheese?
You’ve heard of brie, right? We’re guessing you’ve eaten it! But you might not KNOW exactly what it is. Everyone enjoys eating the white mushy cheese with the gooey center. But what exactly is brie? To be further specific, to be termed “brie,” a cheese must be mold-ripened and originate in or around the French city of Meaux. However, in the United States, the term “brie” is frequently used informally to describe to a broad category of soft-ripened, bloomy-rinded cheeses manufactured from cow’s milk and characterized by a creamy, relatively mild, milky flavor.
How Do I Choose The Best Brie Cheese?
Look for a brilliant white rind and (if possible) smell the wheel of brie. Walk away if you smell a whiff of ammonia. The wheel of cheese should also have some give—it should not be firm—to show maturity. When in doubt, go to your local cheese monger and let them do the work.
Should you Eat The Peel Of a Brie?
Yes! Penicillium Candidum, a white mold that characterizes soft-ripened cheeses like brie, is responsible for the distinctive “bloomy” rind. It’s not only safe to eat, but it’s also a really wonderful sensory component of the experience, so keep that lovely, edible rind on!
Where Can I Get Brie Cheese?
Brie cheese is a soft cheese that may be found in your grocery store’s deli area.
What Size Brie Wheel Do I Use?
The recipe asks for an 8-14 ounce wheel of Brie. It makes no difference how big it is, and in my opinion, the bigger the better.
Can This Baked Brie Be Made In Advance?
Yes. You can make this baked brie ahead of time in two ways:
- Bake according to package directions, then chill until ready to serve. To reheat the baked brie, bake for 5-7 minutes at 350°F or microwave for 1-2 minutes.
- Prepare Bake the Brie till step 3 (before baking), then chill until ready to bake.
- Before putting the cheese in the oven, make sure it is well heated. If you throw the cheese in while the oven is still heating up, you may have consistency issues.
- Because this dish revolves around the cheese, a higher grade brie cheese will undoubtedly benefit you. Having saying that, it is still excellent with the less expensive kinds.
- I recommend pouring honey over the top of this baked brie dish if you want to add a little of sweetness. You may do this before putting it in the oven for a wonderful warm honey and brie combination.
- You may use a cast-iron skillet or a casserole dish instead of an oven tray.
Toppings For Baked Brie:
Yes, baked brie is really that simple to make. We love it for parties and entertaining, especially when we’re cooking many meals at the same time and need something simple yet beautiful. The toppings for baked brie are the most fun part: you can modify this recipe to your liking and produce hundreds of versions. The trick to topping this melty cheese is that sweet goes well with sloppy, salty cheese. Here are a few suggestions for baked brie toppings:
- Apricot preserves
- Jam (cherry or cranberry)
- Strawberry jam, raspberry jam, or blackberry jam are all options.
- Sauce with cranberries
- Apple, diced
- Seeds of pomegranate
- chopped pistachios
- chopped toasted pecans
- chopped toasted almonds
- chopped toasted walnuts
- Onions caramelized
What To Serve With Baked Brie?
Baked Brie is best served with robust crackers for scooping up the melting cheese – avoid chips and wafer thin crackers for serving with cheese because they aren’t sturdy enough.
While brie is rich enough and the cheese itself is flavorful enough that a basic Baked Brie is delicious, a simple (large!) drizzle of honey or maple syrup wouldn’t go amiss. The sweet honey and the creamy, savory brie complement each other wonderfully and provide another depth that elevates it from OMG this is sooooo goooood! to OMG this is sooooo goooood!
Add a simple bunch of grapes to the serving tray (fruit + cheese is classic, plus it simply looks nice! ), and your amazing quick appetizer is ready to surprise your family and guests!
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- 250-500g round brie
- 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (optional)
- 1 sprig thyme (optional)
- Crostini or other robust crackers
- 1 pound of purple grapes (or green, optional)
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Remove the brie from its wrapper and set it in a small, shallow ovenproof dish somewhat bigger than the brie OR a piece of crumbled baking / parchment paper.
Bake for 15–20 minutes (for 250g/80z), or until completely melted. (Increase to 25 minutes for 500g/1lb.) Alternatively, microwave for 2 minutes on high (no one will notice!). To test, gently press your finger into the center of the brie; it should feel extremely soft, as if it is ready to collapse if you press any harder.
Transfer on a serving dish or board with care - it's fragile (transfer on paper if you used paper).
Drizzle with honey and garnish with a thyme sprig
Serve immediately, with crostini for scooping on the side. Provide a knife for cutting through the rind and a cheese or pate knife (or something similar) for scooping the cheese onto the crostini.
Baked Brie Baking Dish - Having a shallow circular ovenproof dish that is slightly bigger than the brie is the most practical method to bake / serve brie. This will prevent the cheese from spilling everywhere when people start eating it, but it must be shallow or you may burn your fingers attempting to scoop it!
If you don't have one, one of the following should suffice:
shallow dish or curved plate - the shape of which will hold the cheese in (ovenproof if baking, microwave proof if microwaving, i.e. most regular dinner plates OK); OR
Bake according to the recipe guidelines on crumbled paper - the paper makes it easier to move the Brie to a serving dish (Baked Brie is delicate and wobbly like jelly, and if it bursts you will cry). Plus, crumpling it prevents the cheese from seeping out onto the table (though you'll have no shortage of eager volunteers to run forward and grab up brie that's flowing dangerously close to the edge of the serving dish!)
Check the brie after 15 minutes to ensure it is not overbaked. Whether you can't tell if it's done by touching the surface of the brie, insert a skewer and if it comes out with melted cheese attached to it, it's done. (When you overtake a brie, it hardens in the middle.)
Nutrition InformationServing Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 69675Total Fat 5767gSaturated Fat 3627gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1842gCholesterol 20833mgSodium 131055mgCarbohydrates 116gFiber 1gSugar 113gProtein 4324g