Baked Brie with Garlic is THE BEST baked brie recipe you will come across. Get your crackers ready for melted cheese that will rock your socks! Roasted garlic and brie appetizers yes please!!
Think easy savory recipe that can be featured on a platter for Christmas and you are on the right track!
BEST WAY TO EAT BRIE CHEESE
You are probably reading this recipe post as you want to know what goes with baked brie, whether or not to remove the rind when you bake it and what the best crackers to use are.
Baked brie fresh from the oven is ooey gooey and SO AMAZING you are going to love it!
DO YOU TAKE THE RIND OF BRIE BEFORE BAKING?
No. Brie is a very soft pliable cheese, if you took the rind off, which in itself would be a challenge, you would bake what was left and it would be a puddle of melted cheese with no form to it (oh nooooo!)
So we don’t take the rind off brie before baking it. BUT, we SO score the top of the brie rind with a knife in both directions so that it makes it easier for people to stick their cracker in it and get to the cheese. (I will show you this step in the process shots below).
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!
WHAT GOES WITH BAKED BRIE?
Let’s start with what you can serve baked brie with:
- toast points
- baguette bread
And these are just a few of the millions of options. There is no limit to paring combinations.
What works best with baked brie in my experience is crackers that can be dipped into the melted cheese and also topped with an additional topping that is provided.
So for my garlic with baked brie, I have roasted tomatoes with garlic and thyme, as well as a ton of crackers.
Guests will be able to dunk and eat, as well as popping some of the roasted tomatoes onto the melted cheese (it is SERIOUSLY delicious, not just a little bit tasty, but ermagawd out of this world insanely delicious baked brie)
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO SERVE BRIE CHEESE?
The best way to serve brie cheese is to bake it, then serve it with crackers.
It makes for seriously delicious bomb diggity brie cheese and you are going to LOVE how bloody good it is!
In order for us to serve it, we need to do some prep work with our ingredients. So let’s take a closer look at what we need:
As you can see we have:
- brie cheese (I use a 200 gram round wheel)
- garlic (fresh is best for this recipe, you need 1/2 head)
- crackers (hard and thick are good for dunking)
- cherry tomatoes (I used grape and cherry)
- dried onion (on peeling or tears with this!)
- rosemary (optional, perfect if you want a festive look!)
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
Crackers are to brie cheese, like Robin is to Batman. You simply can’t have one without the other!
WHAT CRACKERS GO WITH BRIE CHEESE?
The best crackers for brie cheese are hard, yellow round ones. They work best as they don’t break when they are being dipped. You and your guests need to be able to dip, eat and repeat albeit with a different cracker if you are against double dipping.
Let’s have a look at how to bake our brie cheese with the following steps:
- slice your garlic, thick and chunky is ok (shown in photo 1)
- use a knife to slice your tomatoes (shown in photo 2)
- add olive oil to fry pan (shown in photo 3)
- add your sliced garlic (shown in photo 4)
- transfer your sliced tomatoes to your pan (shown in photo 5)
- season with salt and pepper (shown in photo 6 and 7)
- add thyme and dried onion (shown in photos 8 and 9)
- cook your tomatoes till they are soft but not mushy (shown in photo 10)
- score your brie cheese rind diagonally in 2 directions (shown in photo 11)
- add some fresh rosemary leaves on top of your brie (shown in photo 12)
- place some of the cooked garlic on top of the brie rind (shown in photo 13)
- cook your brie for 5-8 mins in the oven, them remove and place in the centre of your platter (shown in photo 14)
- spoon the cooked tomatoes around the baked brie (shown in photo 15)
HOW TO BAKE BRIE CHEESE
Of the steps that are listed above there are 4 essential steps to focus on for the best baked brie recipe.
These steps are shown below. They are:
- ensuring you cook your tomatoes till soft but not mushy (shown in the 1st of the 4 photos)
- scoring the brie rind in both directions diagonally so that when it melts, it is easy to get to (shown in the 2nd of the 4 photos)
- spoon cooked garlic on top of brie rind before baking it (shown in the 3rd of the 4 photos)
- surround the baked brie with garlic and thyme roasted tomatoes (shown in the 4th of the 4 photos)
Baked Brie with Garlic quick info:
About the recipe:
- you will need 1/2 head of garlic, peeled
- use a combination of cherry and grape tomatoes
- this is a vegetarian recipe
- baked brie is the perfect appetizer for entertaining
FAQs about Baked Brie
- we use a 200 gram wheel of brie cheese
- the baked brie is best served hot and fresh from the oven
- the best crackers are round and yellow thick ones
- the garlic will become soft and delicious when cooked
Your quick questions answered:
- baking the brie will take about 5 – 8 mins
- the rosemary raw is more decorative than it is edible
- the white part is the rind, keep it on for cooking
- an abundance of crackers will be needed
- This is an EASY recipe
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 1/2 wheel portion of brie cheese which is MASSIVE, 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
- use fresh sprigs of rosemary as a garnish for a festive touch
- provide 1-2 small cheese knifes so more than 1 person can load their cracker at the same time
The joy of holidays means lots of appetizers, the recipes below are for inspiration:
- Grazing Platter (perfect for a crowd)
- Coconut Prawns (shrimp for my American friends)
- Mini Quiches 12 ways (both vego and non vego options)
- Honey Soy Chicken Wings (family favourite recipe)
- Chili Lime Chicken Wings (oven baked recipe)
- Baked Chicken Meatballs (with homemade satay sauce)
- Baked Stuffed Mushrooms
- Melon and Prosciutto Skewers (using mozzarella 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 our Spinach Cob Loaf which has always been on the popular recipes menu planning list for entertaining.
You will find that most guests want to scoop a little brie onto their cracker, followed by some of the cooked tomatoes. Provide little cheese knifes on the platter to make this easy for them.
Baked Brie with Garlic
- Baking tray
Baked Brie with Garlic
- 200 grams brie cheese
- 1/2 head garlic
- 1 tbsp dried onion
- 650 grams cherry tomatoes
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- fresh rosemary to garnish
- salt and pepper to taste
- crackers to serve
Baked Brie with Garlic
- Preheat oven to 200°c/400°F,gas 6
- Use a knife and a chopping board to finely slice your garlic. Note 1
- Cut your tomatoes in half
- Add oil to a fry pan and add garlic, bring to a medium heat. Add tomatoes, dried onion, thyme, season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat and continue to cook until tomatoes are cooked by not mushy
- 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. Note 2
- 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
- Bake brie for 5 mins Note 3
- Place brie on centre of serving platter and spoon cooked tomatoes around in an out circle
- Make another circle using your crackers
- Add some sprigs of rosemary for a decorative touch.
- Note 1 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 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 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.
Savory baked brie appetizers are the best as they have a wow factor and taste amazing!! Thanksgiving, Christmas, entertaining, or just because this is a recipe you need to try!
You are going to make this, dip your cracker into it, pull it back and having melting cheese drip down, thinking ‘she was right, this is bloody good!’
Grab your ingredients, don’t forget a vino whilst you are cooking if that’s your thing. Let me know if you are stuck or want to ask question.
Your baked brie is going to be the bomb diggity and just as much as you, I want it to rock your table!