Baked Brie is an easy show-stopper of an appetizer dish for your next holiday party. Topped with fresh herbs and berries, and finished with a drizzle of honey, you’ll wonder why you never baked brie cheese before!
How to Bake Brie Cheese
This is the easiest thing ever guys! Simply unwrap the brie cheese from the plastic wrapping. You’ll leave the rind intact and place into a mini cast iron skillet. You can bake it just like this and add toppings after. However, I’ve found that making hash marks in the top and adding herbs and fruits prior to baking can really help the flavors incorporate. Then bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes. Remove, drizzle with honey or maple syrup, cut and dip!
What Toppings Pair Well?
Honey is an obvious choice here. Dried herbs such as thyme, basil, ground cinnamon, clove, and allspice are all excellent choices as well. It really depends on the flavor profile you’re going for. Think about what you are serving it with and the season you’re in. If it’s fall, go for a pumpkin spice or apple pie ground mix. If it’s summer, take advantage of fresh produce, maple syrup, and edible flowers. If it’s winter go for the winter berries, honey, and cinnamon. But don’t let even this list limit you! Here’s a list of more ingredients that pair well with Brie cheese.
- Maple Syrup
- Jams or Preserves
- Nuts: candied or salted
- Acidic Fruit
- Dried Fruit: cherries, dates, figs, plums
- White Wine
What to Serve with Baked Brie
- Fresh Fruit: strawberries, apple slices, pomegranate seeds, grape halves, pear slices, etc.
- Additional Toppings: jam or honey
How to Make a Charcuterie Board (Snack Board)
Just as the name implies, a charcuterie board is a snack board. It’s the perfect option for holiday get togethers. It can be as large or small as you want and you don’t need to have an actual board or serving tray. While that can be helpful for removing the ingredients when dinner is ready, it’s not necessary. We have a large family and large holiday gatherings. Often times I will just place a runner on the table and use that as my imaginary board. Then fill the runner with the ingredients. Another reason for loving snack boards is 99% of what’s on the board is simply store bought. There may be a couple items like this Baked Brie that you have to prepare, but it is an appetizer option that really requires minimal thought and prep.
To make a charcuterie board, start with your dips as they are often in bowls. Stager where the bowls or mini cast iron skillets are on the board. If you have things like a bowl of olives, feta cheese, oils, etc. you’ll want to add those now as well. Pro Tip: for visual interest, use a variety of sizes and colors in your bowls.
Next start to fill in the gaps with crackers, chips, and pretzels. Split the package in half and place at opposite ends or sides of the board so both flows of traffic have access to the same crunchy options. Now fill in the holes with mixed nuts, berries, apples, toothpicks, little spoons, etc. In no time at all you’ll have a visually stunning and full board.
Common Questions About Brie Cheese
Baked Brie Recipe
- mini cast iron skillet
- 8 ounce Brie Cheese whole wheel
- 1 teaspoon thyme fresh
- 1 Tablespoon pomegranate seeds
- 4 blackberries
- 2 teaspoons honey for drizzling
- Use a knife to score the top of the brie cheese wheel. Top with fresh fruit, herbs, and/or seasoning.
- Bake at 350F for 15 minutes. Drizzle with honey. Cut in half within the skillet and serve.