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Presentation of the the easiest party appetizer in the world – Baked Brie! This is how you turn cheap Brie into spectacular Brie. It’s like the best cheese dip you’ll ever have!! A great option for a shared appetizer or a super quick and easy party meal that has a wow effect.

Serve with crostini or crackers (try these homemade fruit and nut crackers!).

Baked Brie served with crusty breads and raisins

Baked Brie

Baked Brie is simply the best processed cheese in the world. When you cut through the crust and the inside pours out like lava, you’ll forget about all your worries. It’s like a cheese addict’s paradise!

But cheese addiction aside, here’s the practical reason why Baked Brie should be on your radar:

It’s the easiest party appetizer/starter in the world!

Simply put a brie in the oven for 15 minutes or put it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Dip on a platter, add a pile of crispy crackers, and watch the hands dip to do THIS:

Close up of crispy toasted pick baked brie

And keep pulling up and down….. LOOK AT THIS CHEESE SWEATER!!!

Crispy toast pick up baked brie

How to Bake Brie

I wasn’t exaggerating when I said you just put a brie in the oven. But here’s a handy visual for how to do it.

  • What to cook it in – use a shallow round baking dish it’s a little bigger than brie for cooking and serving if you have one. It must be shallow, otherwise it is difficult to dip/pick up without touching the hot dish; WHERE

  • Place the Brie on crumpled paper – that’s what I do. This serves 2 purposes:

    • safest way to transfer – The Baked Brie is wonky and delicate, and it would be a tragedy if this Baked Brie split open in the middle of the transfer……

    • the crumpled paper helps keep the Brie from spilling onto the table. Melted Brie just needs a little coaxing to keep it from running all over the place!

How to Bake Brie

Practical tips for baked Brie!

  • Best brie for baked brie – Use an economical brie or camembert! Expensive brie would be wasted in this recipe, in my opinion, even though it works just as well with premium brie as it does budget brie.

  • How long does it stay slimy – in a ceramic dish, it will remain scoopable for a good 15 minutes. On the paper, about 10 minutes, then for about another 10 minutes you can spread it with a knife.

  • How to reheat – a few seconds in the microwave! A whole brie takes 2 minutes in the microwave, so use that as a base for leftover brie.

  • Leftovers – SURPRISING! The honey/maple syrup will be mixed in when the cheese hardens and this will make it even more delicious. Who cares if you have to scrape off the dregs and put it in a little ramekin? OR pile it on toast and toast it! *passes out at the thought*

Baked Brie is how you achieve gourmet flavor using value-for-money Brie!

Photo of Baked Brie drizzled with honey topped with fresh thyme, with crispy toast and grapes

What Goes With Baked Brie

Baked Brie is best served with sturdy crackers to pick up melted cheese – avoid fries and thin crackers to serve with cheese as they are not strong enough.

And while Brie is rich enough and the cheese itself is flavorful enough that even plain baked Brie is amazing, a simple (generous!) drizzle of honey or maple syrup certainly wouldn’t go astray. Sweet honey and rich, flavorful Brie go brilliantly and add another dimension that takes it from OMG this is so good!

Add a single bunch of grapes on the serving tray (fruit + cheese is classic, plus it looks good!), and your impressive easy appetizer is complete and ready to wow your family and friends!

“When you cut the crust, the inside pours out like lava. It’s like the best cheese fondue you’ll ever have.

Overhead photo of baked brie drizzled with honey served with crispy toast and grapes

What did it take? Every 2 minutes of effort on your part. Unwrap the brie, cook it in the oven or in the microwave. Open the package of crispy toast (or make your own), place a bunch of grapes on the side. And there it is! Your party starter is ready to impress your family and friends.

Do it once, then come join me at Cheese-aholics Anonymous! –Nagi x


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Pick up some baked brie with a crispy cracker

Baked Brie

Servings6 – ten

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Video recipe above. The world’s fastest finger food is like the world’s best cheese dip with a wow factor! Just pop a brie in the oven for 15 minutes or microwave on high for 2 minutes (seriously, no one will EVER know). Use a small budget or camembert for that, premium brie would be wasted on this recipe.Great shared starter or party food that’s really quick and easy to make. Be sure to use solid or flavored crackers, or crostini for scooping. Thin crackers and chips tend to break.

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F (all types of oven).

  • Unwrap the brie and place in a small, shallow baking dish slightly larger than the brie (to be used for serving) OR a crumbled piece of parchment/parchment paper (for transfer). (Note 2)

  • Oven: Bake for 15-20 minutes (per 80z/250g), or until melted. For 500 g/1 lb Brie, increase to 25 minutes. To check, gently touch the center of the Brie – it should be very soft, like it’s about to fall apart if you press harder.

  • Microwave option: 2 minutes on high (no one will know!) in 30 second increments.

  • Carefully transfer to a plate/serving board – this is delicate (transfer to paper if you used paper).

  • Drizzle with honey, garnish with a sprig of thyme (if using).

  • Serve immediately with crostini on the side for scooping. Provide a knife to cut the crust and a cheese or pâté knife (or similar) to lay the cheese on the crostini or crackers (plain or fruit/nut flavored).

Recipe Notes:

1. BrieI recommend using an economical brie for this. This recipe works just as well with budget Brie as it does with premium Brie. If I splurge on expensive Brie, I serve it as is because I think it’s a waste to alter it! Camember also works.
2. Baked Brie Baking Dish – the most convenient way to cook/serve brie is to have a shallow round ovenproof dish slightly larger than the brie. This will keep the cheese from seeping everywhere when people start eating it, but it needs to be shallow or you’ll burn your fingers trying to scoop it up!
If you don’t have one, do one of the following:

  • very shallow bowl or curved plate – whose shape will hold the cheese (oven safe if baked, microwave safe if microwaved, i.e. most normal dinner plates); WHERE
  • cook on crumbled paper according to recipe instructions – the paper makes it easy to transfer the brie to a serving dish (baked brie is delicate and wobbly like jelly, and if it bursts, you’ll cry). Plus, by creasing it, it (mostly) stops the cheese from seeping onto the table (but really, you won’t be short of willing attendees to swoop in and scoop up brie that’s seeping dangerously near the edge of the serving tray !)

3. During cooking – check the Brie at 15 minutes. If you can’t tell if it’s ready by touching the center surface of the brie, insert a skewer and if it comes out with melted cheese stuck on it, then you know it’s ready. (If you go over a brie, it goes strong in the middle)
4. Serving – a 250g/8oz Brie will comfortably serve 6 people, if not 8-10. Brie is rich, and it is made to look even richer when melted. And also once melted, less is more – less you can pour onto a cracker than you can cut and coat if it hasn’t been melted!
5. Honey/Maple – I use both, it depends on what I have on hand. Before, I liked maple more, but when I have very good (local) honey, I prefer honey.
6. How long does it stay slimy – in a ceramic dish, it will remain scoopable for a good 15 minutes. On the paper, about 10 minutes, then for about another 10 minutes you can spread it with a knife.
7. Leftovers – SURPRISING! The honey/maple syrup will be mixed in when the cheese hardens and this will make it even more delicious. Who cares if you have to scrape off the dregs and put it in a little ramekin? OR pile it on toast and toast it! *passes out at the thought*
How to reheat – a few seconds in the microwave! A whole brie takes 2 minutes in the microwave, so use that as a base for leftover brie.
8. Food per serving (assumes 6 servings, 8 oz/250 g brie, excluding crostini)

Nutrition Information:

Portion: 38gcalories: 161callus (8%)Carbohydrates: 6g (2%)Protein: 9g (18%)Fat: 12g (18%)Saturated fat: 7g (44%)Cholesterol: 42mg (14%)Sodium: 262mg (11%)Potassium: 63mg (2%)Sugar: 6g (7%)Vitamin A: 247UI (5%)Vitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 77mg (8%)The iron: 1mg (6%)

Originally published November 2014, updated with new photos and recipe video October 2019, updated again in 2021. No recipe changes!

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