Baked Brie with Garlic is the easiest savory baked brie recipe you will come across. 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.
Recipes like my Baked Brie with Honey, Cranberry Brie and Baked Camembert with Cranberry Sauce are the holiday season on a plate 😉. My Microwave Brie is too easy!
For the garlic fans out there, you will also love the Whole Roasted Garlic recipe.
🤍 Recipe Highlights
These are the things that you will come to know about love about this 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 game day 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!
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:
- Brie cheese (I use a 200 gram round wheel).
- Garlic (fresh is best for this recipe, you need ½ head).
- Crackers (hard and thick are good for dunking).
- Cherry tomatoes (I used grape and cherry).
- Dried onion (no peeling or tears with this!).
- Rosemary (optional, perfect if you want a festive look!).
- Olive oil.
- Salt and pepper.
Here are the step by step instructions to make the recipe. We start by preparing the garlic and cherry tomatoes.
These steps are shown below. They are:
- Slice your garlic, thick and chunky is ok (Photo 1)
- Use a knife to slice your tomatoes (Photo 2)
- Add olive oil to fry pan (Photo 3)
- Add your sliced garlic (Photo 4)
- Transfer your sliced tomatoes to your pan (Photo 5)
- Season with salt and pepper (Photos 6 and 7)
- Add thyme and dried onion (Photos 8 and 9)
- Cook your tomatoes till they are soft but not mushy (Photo 10)
- Score your brie cheese rind diagonally in 2 directions (Photo 11)
- Add some fresh rosemary leaves on top of your brie (Photo 12)
- Place some of the cooked garlic on top of the brie rind (Photo 13)
- Cook your brie for 5-8 mins in the oven, them remove and place in the centre of your platter (Photo 14)
- Spoon the cooked tomatoes around the baked brie (Photo 15)
👩🍳 How To Make Baked Brie With Garlic
To make the recipe start by grabbing the brie from the fridge and unwrapping it. Fry off the garlic, then remove from the pan and do the same with the tomatoes, herbs and dried onion.
Oven bake the cheese on a baking tray till it feels soft when the rind is gently pressed from the top.
Then decorate the top of the cheese with the softened garlic mixture and place the tomatoes around the side for garnish and dolloping.
🍽 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🥰😍!!
Provide robust crackers that won't break in half and some serviettes to use as plates.
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. 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 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 1-2 small cheese knifes so more than 1 person can load their cracker at the same time.
🤓 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 for inspiration:
- Grazing Platter
- Baked Brie with Honey
- Coconut Prawns (shrimp for my American friends)
- Mini Quiches 12 ways (both vego and non vego options)
- Honey Soy Chicken Wings
- Honey Pecan Cream Cheese
- Honey Walnut Cream Cheese
- Chive and Onion Cream Cheese
The savory baked brie appetizer doesn't have to be the only cheese dish you serve your guests. You might also like to try my Spinach Cob Loaf which has always been on the popular recipes menu planning list for entertaining.
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Baked Brie with Garlic
- Baking tray to bake the brie
- 1 Parchment paper to line the baking tray
- 2 Oven Mits
- 1 Serving platter
- 1 Cheese knife for serving
- 200 grams/ 8 oz brie cheese
- 8 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon dried onion
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes cut in halves
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- fresh rosemary optional to serve
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
- crackers to serve
- Preheat your oven: 180°C / 350-375°F / Gas Mark 4-5.
- Prepare garlic: use a knife and a chopping board to finely slice the garlic cloves. Note 1
- Sauté 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 fresh rosemary leaves. Baked the brie for 8 to 10 minutes in the middle shelf. Note 2
- 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 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.
Recipe published October 2019, updated October 2022 with more tasty tips for you!
Morgan eise says
Is there anything better than baked brie? Oh yeah, adding roasted tomatoes and garlic. Yummmm!
Nope there is nothing better haha but so true!! Thanks for your feedback Morgan.
How fun is this?! And it looks so incredibly festive, too!! Can't wait to make this for our annual Christmas Cocktail party - definitely adding to the menu!
Awesome feedback thanks Ashley!! Your Christmas cocktail party sounds fabulous! Enjoy.
Sara Welch says
What a great dish for entertaining! I will definitely be making this for our annual Friendsgiving next month!
Love your feedback Sara. Thanks. Hope your Friendsgiving is a Great celebration. Cheers