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Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce

Baked brie cheese with cranberry sauce is a crowd pleasing party appetizer. This vegetarian cheese appetizer is gluten free.  You will love this easy recipe that makes a show stopper, elegant and festive appetizer !

Looking for a super simple and easy appetizer idea ? This.is.it folks ! Baked Brie cheese ! Total gourmet food that is perfect for fancy entertaining ! Use this 3 ingredients 20 minutes recipe for stress free hosting.

Mildly flavorful brie cheese topped with homemade cranberry sauce and fresh rosemary is my go-to appetizer recipe all year round. Additionally it brings out the festive pop come November and December !

Baked Brie cheese topped with cranberry sauce and rosemary sprig served on a cheese board aong with other accompaniments.

RECIPE INSPIRATION

My dear hubby was in France for a few years while he was growing up.  So he has a special affinity for French cuisine.

We love sampling all types of artisan cheeses with a variety of wines. So needless to say, a baked brie fondue often happens in our kitchen.

Our guests also love the cheese board of oozing cheese crusty baguette or crackers. And making this recipe is a cinch.

BEST PARTY APPETIZER SUITABLE FOR

  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Game Day Snacking
  • Wine tasting
  • Fall and winter gatherings
  • Book clubs, kitty party or casual get togethers

SUBSTITUTIONS

I am presenting this beautiful party appetizer with homemade cranberry sauce ( recipe and detailed link listed below)  You can however choose any of your favorite toppings. Here are some ideas-

  • Warm honey, maple syrup or balsamic glaze
  • Fig jam, apricot jam, sweet pepper jelly or any other spreadable fruit jam
  • Peach chutney or apple ginger chutney or other savory relishes
  • Chopped nuts like pistachio,  walnuts or pecans
  • Chopped fresh fruits like berries or grapes
  • Bruschetta, tomato chutney, caramelized onions and spinach
  • Sea Salt Flakes

Rosemary and cranberry sauce covered brie wheel.

HOW TO SERVE BAKED BRIE

Brie is slightly nutty, tangy, and sweet in taste. We love to make a quick set up cheese board full of munchies to jazz up this delicious melted cheese. You can use

Crusty toasted bread slices
Baguette slices
All types of crackers and chips ( use sturdy kind )
Apple or Pear slices
Grapes

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE CRANBERRY ORANGE GINGER SAUCE:

Combine 2 cups of fresh cranberries, 1 cup of raw sugar, 1 inch shredded ginger root and 1/2 cup orange juice. Heat it in saucepan on medium heat until cranberries start to pop. Mash it well so it makes a thick sauce. For detail recipe check this post.

HOW TO MAKE BAKED BRIE IN PUFF PASTRY

Before baking, you can wrap the brie cheese wheel in the puff pastry sheet. Make a pocket and cover it all around. Bake for 15 minutes at 350° F. The crispy flaky pastry and warm melty cheese makes an irresistible combination.

WINE PAIRING :

This baked brie is my favorite to make for wine tasting. Typically, brie is served with wines that are low in tannins. It pairs well with white wines especially Chardonnay , Riesling as well as sparkling wines. For the reds, try Pinot Noir, Merlot or even Cabernet.

A festive party appetizer platter with wine and cheese.

PRO TIPS:

  1. Since brie is the star ingredient, choose best quality cheese.
  2. This baked brie is best served warm, straight from the oven.
  3. Make sure to put the brie in the oven straight from the fridge. Do NOT let it get to room temperature, otherwise it doesn’t melt properly.
  4. Bake it on a sheet of parchment paper so it is easy to just slide it from the baking sheet in the oven to a serving platter.
  5. Keep the toasted baguette and other trimming ready while brie bakes.
  6. Baked brie stays warm and melty for up to 30 minutes. You can reheat it in Microwave.

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INGREDIENTS :

8 oz. round Brie Cheese wheel
1/2 cup prepared cranberry sauce (homemade or store-bought)
Fresh rosemary or thyme for baking or garnishing

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper for easy clean-up.

Remove the brie wheel from it’s wrapping and place onto the middle of the parchment paper.

Top the cheese wheel with the cranberry sauce. Add chopped fresh herbs if desired.

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, until the brie is soft and melty. You should feel liquid at the center for it to flow and spread smoothly.

Remove from the oven. Spread the cranberry sauce evenly on the top. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprig or other herbs on top and serve immediately,

Serve it with toasted baguette slices, crackers, sliced apples or pears and nuts.

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Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce

Yield: 12 scoops servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Baked brie cheese with cranberry sauce is a crowd pleasing party appetizer. This vegetarian cheese appetizer is gluten free.  You will love this easy recipe that makes a show stopper, elegant and festive appetizer !

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. round Brie Cheese wheel
  • 1/2 cup prepared cranberry sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • Fresh rosemary or thyme for garnishing

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper.

Remove the brie wheel from it’s wrapping and place onto the middle of the parchment paper.

Top the cheese wheel with the cranberry sauce. Add chopped fresh herbs if desired.

Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes, until the brie is soft and melty. You should feel liquid at the center for it to flow and spread smoothly.

Remove from the oven. Spread the cranberry sauce evenly on the top. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprig or other herbs on top and serve immediately,

Serve it with toasted baguette slices, crackers, sliced apples or pears and nuts.

Notes

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE CRANBERRY ORANGE GINGER SAUCE:

Combine 2 cups of fresh cranberries, 1 cup of raw sugar, 1 inch shredded ginger root and 1/2 cup orange juice. Heat it in saucepan on medium heat until cranberries start to pop. Mash it well so it makes a thick sauce. For detail recipe check this post.

HOW TO MAKE BAKED BRIE IN PUFF PASTRY

Before baking, you can wrap the brie cheese wheel in the puff pastry sheet. Make a pocket and cover it all around. Bake for 15 minutes at 350° F. The crispy flaky pastry and warm melty cheese makes an irresistible combination.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 119mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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