Here is an easy baked brie recipe to serve as appetizer during the upcoming holiday season. You only need three ingredients and it bakes in 10 minutes. I love to use my homemade cranberry sauce as topping because I already make it for Thanksgiving anyway.
A round brie cheese is easily available in many markets. I prefer to buy the French one because it’s the best kind. So creamy! Although, I love the Trader Joe’s cheeses too. And there are so many different kinds of crackers out there that you can choose from. For breadsticks, I really like the one with sesame seeds. Good nutty flavor! These are all great to serve with the baked brie.
For the cranberry sauce, get the recipe here. I usually make fresh cranberry sauce with apple, orange zest and spices like cinnamon and cloves. As it simmers, the whole house smells like Christmas!
On top of the cranberry sauce goes the roughly chopped pecans. The sweet nutty and buttery flavor of pecans is so delicious. It compliments the flavor of the sweet tart cranberry sauce and creamy brie.
Just a few tips, make sure to line the baking dish with parchment paper. As it bakes, nothing will stick. It also allows you to easily transfer the baked brie onto a platter. Also watch the clock as it bakes. Check it after 8 minutes if the cheese starts to soften and ooze in one spot. You don’t want it to completely melt and lose its shape.
When serving, you can tuck in some fresh herbs or edible flowers with the colors of fall. Or maybe some sliced persimmons or mandarins. As for me, I just go out in the garden and forage whatever I can find to decorate the baked brie platter.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lined a rimmed baking dish with parchment paper. Peel off paper wrapping from brie cheese. Place cheese on the lined baking dish.
- Top brie with 1/2 cup cranberry sauce. Add pecans on top. Bake it in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, just as soon the cheese starts to ooze but not completely melted.
- When it’s ready, take it out of the oven. Use a flat spatula to transfer the brie onto a platter. Serve with assorted crackers and breadsticks.
*homemade fresh cranberry sauce is best to use on this recipe. See recipe on this website link above.