Baked Brie Appetizers

Marye Audet
baked brie en croute

If you are looking for a sophisticated way to start a meal or add to the buffet at a cocktail party, baked brie is an excellent choice. Preparing and serving this elegant dish looks a lot more difficult than it really is to do.

Basic Baked Brie Recipe

While baked brie looks and tastes like something that took a lot of effort, the fact is that it's one of the easiest appetizers to prepare.

Ingredients

  • 1 wheel of brie (8 - 12 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup topping of choice (see options below)
  • Mild crackers and bread rounds

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Remove the outer wrappings from the cheese.
  3. Cut the rind from the top of the wheel with a sharp knife.
  4. Place the cheese in a pie plate or oven proof serving dish.
  5. Spread the topping over the cheese to about 1/4 of the edge.
  6. Bake the brie for 12 to 15 minutes until heated all the way through.
  7. Carefully transfer to a serving dish or leave in the pan.
  8. Serve warm with the crackers and bread.

Servings

This makes 12 appetizer-sized servings.

Recipe for Brie en Croute

If you have a little extra time, consider encasing the brie and your favorite topping in puff pastry. It adds both texture and beauty to the appetizer. Brie appetizers prepared this way are referred to as en "croute", which means "in a crust". While other crusts are sometimes used, puff pastry is the most popular option for brie.

Ingredients

  • 1 wheel of brie (8 - 12 ounces)
  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry dough
  • 1/2 cup topping of choice (see options below)

Instructions

  1. Thaw a sheet of frozen puff pastry dough.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Roll out the puff pastry into a square that will fold over and completely seal the round of brie.
  4. Lay the puff pastry on a baking sheet.
  5. Spread the topping of your choice in a circle roughly the same size of your brie wheel.
  6. Place the wheel of brie on the topping, roughly centered.
  7. Fold the pastry up over the cheese.
  8. Gently squeeze together the pastry to seal.
  9. Turn the cheese wheel over so that the sealed edge is on the bottom.
  10. Brush beaten egg over the top of the pastry.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown.
  12. Allow to stand for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Servings

This makes 12 appetizer-sized servings.

Toppings for Baked Brie

Keep in mind that brie is a smooth and mild cheese that goes especially well with fruit. Cranberries are a classic topping for baked brie but there are many other possibilities.

Classic Cranberry Topping

A classic for holiday entertaining, cranberries add tartness to the mild cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • Grated rind from 1 orange
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 12 ounces cranberries

Instructions

  • Combine the juice and sugar in a saucepan.
  • Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add the cranberries and rind.
  • Cook until the berries pop and the mixture thickens, about 10 minutes.

Quantity

Makes about 2 cups of topping.

Maple Pecan Topping

This is a sweet and crunchy topping that is perfect for autumn entertaining.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Toast the pecans in the oven.
  2. Mix the brown sugar and maple syrup.
  3. Pour over the pecans.
  4. Mix well and use to top the brie.

Quantity

Makes enough to top one wheel of brie.

Jalapeño Jelly Pecan Topping

This adds some spice to the mild cheese. It is excellent with toasted baguette slices.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pecans, toasted in the oven
  • 1/2 cup jalapeño jelly

Instructions

  1. Spoon the jelly over the top of the brie.
  2. Sprinkle with the pecans.

Quantity

Makes enough to top one wheel of brie.

Other Toppings

Since brie is such a mild cheese, you can use anything to top it, whether sweet or savory. Other toppings you might consider are:

  • Raspberry chipotle sauce
  • Fruit preserves
  • Chutney
  • Pesto
  • Garlic and mushrooms
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Peach compote

Serving and Storage Tips

A few tips to keep in mind when serving a brie appetizer:

  • When brie is baked, it gets very creamy. To serve it you just need to allow it to cool a few minutes and place it on a serving tray with mild crackers, baguettes, or toast.
  • It is a wonderful spread for sandwiches and wraps as well.
  • Supply small knives to allow your guests to spread the cheese and topping on their crackers.
  • Whatever you serve with the brie should be mild so that it doesn't overwhelm the delicate flavors of the brie.
  • If there is any left, you can cover it with plastic wrap and store for up to a week in the refrigerator.
  • You can serve the leftover brie appetizer warm or cold.
  • If you have encased the brie in pastry, you may want to remove the pastry before storing it, as it will get soggy in the refrigerator.

Simple Preparation

Keep in mind that you can easily put your baked brie together the day before and keep refrigerated until you are ready to bake it and serve it at your party. Since baked brie is such a popular food, you may want to make extra so that you can be sure that you don't run out.

Baked Brie Appetizers