Baked Brie with Garlic is a quick and easy savory baked brie recipe! The perfect party starter without hours of prep time results in getting a nibble on throughout the festive season. Fuss free and effortless, baked brie with rosemary and garlic gets your cracker ready for the cheese pull 😉👍.
🤍 Recipe Highlights
These are the things that you will come to know about love about this garlic baked brie recipe:
- Back to basics: nothing about this cheese and cracker combo is difficult. It is smart easy. We layer with textures and don't get stuck in time consuming techniques.
- Simple ingredients: whilst these are not so much 'everyday ingredients', they are all simple and easy to find at the local shops. The brie cheese and cherry tomatoes have the shortest shelf life, usually a wheel will have an expiry date that is within one month of the purchase and the tomatoes will be better quality from different supermarkets.
- Perfect appetizer: use your air fryer to cook some crostini or simply toast some thinly sliced bread and use that with this brie cheese as a tasty combo sure to thrill the eaters!
- Baked brie: ooey gooey brie cheese...with garlic..and crackers...and the cheese is melted...and it drips all over the place!! It is so very good! 😉👍
- Versatile: you can serve this at a special occasion, Christmas party, get together with friends and family or date night. It is flexible and lends itself to being served in a variety of ways across many different occasions.
The photo below is to show you everything you need to make the recipe. Please refer to the printable recipe card for exact measurements and detailed instructions.
As you can see we have:
- Salt and pepper: we use salt and a little black pepper to season the garlic and tomato mixture before we pair it with the brie.
- Thyme: we use a little dried thyme as one of the herbs giving fragrance and flavor in the dish.
- Garlic: fresh garlic cloves are best for this recipe as they bring the flavor and the texture. We use ½ head of garlic.
- Dried onion: saving time peeling and no tears when using. This dried onion is sold in flakes and it will be in the herbs and spices section of the supermarket.
- Olive oil: we use the oil to fry off the garlic and cherry tomatoes before we use them as toppings for the baked brie.
- Brie cheese: we need a 200 gram or 7 oz round wheel of this cheese. It is soft, decadent and all kind ofs of yum.
- Cherry tomatoes: these add another texture to the garlic and bread combination and offer both a sweet and savory addition.
- Crackers: robust crackers that are hard and thick are good for dunking. Thin crackers like wafer style break off mid dunk into the cheese which we want to avoid.
- Rosemary: the 2nd dried herb we use for the recipe. It brings the perfect festive touch to the brie.
Top Tip: I like to provide you with a number of substitutions and variations giving you an array of options when making my recipes. If in doubt of any of the above ingredients, or wanting alternatives, read this section (further below) before jumping into the instructions on how to make the recipe which are coming next 😉👌.
Here are the step by step instructions to make the baked brie recipe. We start by preparing the garlic and cherry tomatoes.
- Slice your garlic into thin pieces (Photo 1)
- Use a knife to slice your cherry tomatoes (Photo 2)
- Add olive oil to fry pan (Photo 3)
- Add the sliced garlic (Photo 4)
👩🍳 How To Make Baked Brie With Garlic
To make the recipe start by grabbing the brie from the fridge and unwrapping it.
Next place a large frying pan onto the stove, turn the heat to high, add the olive oil and garlic. Fry the garlic for 1-2 minutes until softened and golden brown. Then add the sliced cherry tomatoes like you see me doing in the photo below.
- Add the sliced tomatoes to the garlic (Photo 5)
- Next add the salt (Photo 6)
- Followed by the pepper (Photo 7)
- Then add the dried onion (Photo 8)
Next add the salt, pepper, dried onion and dried thyme to the tomato mixture. Stir to soften and combine allow the flavors to develop.
- Add the dried thyme to garlic and tomatoes (Photo 9)
- Then score the rind (Photo 10)
- Top the baked brie with some of garlic and rosemary (Photo 11)
- Oven bake the cheese then plate (Photo 12)
Use a knife to score the top of the rind in diagonal marks and put the brie in the centre of a baking dish. Then place a little of the garlic and rosemary onto the top of the brie.
Next place the baking tray into the oven and bake the cheese. It will be ready in around 10 minutes when it feels soft if you gently press the rind from the top.
Use a flat turner to transfer the baked brie onto a serving plate. Then decorate the top of the cheese with the softened garlic mixture and place the tomatoes around the side for garnish and dolloping. Add some crackers on the outside perimeter of the tomato mixture.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
To serve the cheese, it is a good idea to have a cheese knife or 2 on the plate. The cheese pull is what everyone will be wanting and craving 🥰😍!!
Sometimes scooping and dolloping is easier than dipping and dunking.
Provide robust crackers that won't break in half and some serviettes to use as plates.
😉 Substitutions and Variations
- You can use this combination with camembert cheese in place of the brie.
- You can omit the cherry tomatoes if you want to simplify the combination back to the garlic and brie cheese.
- Fresh thyme is another great herb that can be used in place of the rosemary leaves.
It will be handy to keep these tips in mind when you are making this recipe:
- Get the bigger of the brie cheese size options. Eg if you have 2 to choose from, 100 grams or 200 grams, get the 200 grams (7 ounces). It will shrink down a bit and you want it to be a feature on the plate.
- You can buy a large ½ wheel portion of brie cheese which is huge, if you are feeding an army, purchase this crowd pleasing size so that it can be shared around by everyone.
- Use a smaller platter if you want to do less tomatoes and crackers.
- Add some rosemary leaves for a festive touch.
- Provide a cheese knife so more than 1 person can load their cracker at the same time 😉👍.
👍 How To Guide
How to Store
If you do have any leftovers (😂) you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 days.
How to Reheat
Add leftovers of the garlic baked brie to a bowl with plastic wrap on top and microwave on high in 30 second intervals until warmed through.
How to Freeze
Nah, don't do it. It is not recommended to freeze any part of this recipe. Before it is made or after.
🤓 Frequently Asked Questions
What crackers go with brie cheese?
The best crackers for brie cheese are the round yellow ones. They work best as they don't break when they are being dipped or spread with cheese.
What is the best way to serve brie cheese?
The best way to serve brie cheese is either to bake it and serve with crackers or to pop it on a grazing platter and serve at room temperature.
Do you eat the white part of brie cheese?
Yes, this relates to the question above. The white part of brie cheese is the rind. It has a different texture to the soft cheese. It tastes stronger if the brie is not baked, but is perfectly edible and tasty both cooked and uncooked. The rind from brie cheese is the best tasting mould you will ever eat!
😍 More Easy Appetizer Recipes
The joy of holidays means lots of appetizers, the recipes below are to give you a few ideas to have up your this joy up your sleeve that you can whip it out as needed:
- Spinach Cob Loaf Dip
- Mini Croissant Sandwiches
- Grazing Platter
- Coconut Prawns
- Mini Quiches
- Honey Pecan Cream Cheese
- Roast Capsicum Dip
- Honey Walnut Cream Cheese
- Green Olive Dip
- Chive and Onion Cream Cheese
Baked Brie with Garlic
- 8 cloves garlic peeled, cut into thin slices, Note 1
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes cut in halves
- 200 grams/ 7 oz wheel brie cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried onion
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- fresh rosemary optional to serve
- crackers to serve
- Preheat your oven: 180°C / 350-375°F / Gas Mark 4-5.
- Sauté garlic and tomato mixture: add oil to a fry pan and bring to a medium heat. Add garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes, then add tomatoes, dried onion, thyme, season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat and continue to cook until tomatoes are cooked by not mushy (2-3 minutes).
- Bake the brie: line a baking tray with non stick paper and place your brie in the centre. Take a sharp knife and score diagonally in both directions. Top with some of the fried garlic and fresh rosemary leaves. Bake the brie for 8 to 10 minutes using the middle shelf of the oven. Note 2 and 3
- Decorate: spoon out about a soup spoon size of cooked garlic from your tomatoes and place this on top of the rosemary on your scored brie.
- Serve: place brie on centre of serving platter and spoon cooked tomatoes around in an out circle. Spread a circle of crackers around the outside and then add some of the rosemary leaves on top. Provide a cheese knife for serving.
- Note 1 - Garlic: the garlic can be chunky, don't worry too much about perfect slices (never been my thing), it will soften a lot after being cooked so the harsh taste dissipates.
- Note 2 - Scoring the cheese: the scoring term refers to cutting but not all the way down. So score the cheese only on the top rind. It will be much easier for guests to dip their cracker and get to the delicious brie centre.
- Note 3 Baked brie: the only real way to tell if the brie is baked to the extent we are looking for is to push it with the tip of your finger. It should be soft and give a bit. It is still seems quite firm, bake for another 3 mins. The rind helps the cheese keep its shape. The risk in over cooking it is that it will melted into a big pile of goo if you leave it in the oven too long and that makes it hard to transfer it to a serving platter 😂👍.
Recipe published October 2019, updated October 2023 with a rewrite to offer more tasty tips for you 🥰👌.