When we think of holiday gatherings, I can bet that everyone imagines a cheese ball on the table with crackers to dip with. I wanted to class things up a bit for you so that you can still have that cheesy goodness but really impress the crowd of people you’ve invited over for a holiday party. A baked brie is definitely the way to go!
Brie is such a mild but deliciously creamy cheese that it really goes well with anything. Typically, I have seen it served with a delicious apricot jam or a mouth-watering marmalade but I thought that I needed to do something a bit more festive for the holidays and play to fruity flavors seen at this time of year. Figs have a succulent, earthy-sweetness to them that compliment the winter season really well; and cherries, well we all know what cherries taste like. Together, they create a flavor profile that is sophisticated and well suited for a winter appetizer like a baked brie. And believe me when I say that this jam is my favorite because I absolutely do not like figs nor cherries on their own (though I like Shirley Temples… I don’t think that counts though).
This baked brie is so super simple to make and so is the jam. Seriously, when you read the recipe, you will be dumbfounded and feel and surge of “I can do anything!!!” overcome you.
Now how do you eat a baked brie or with what?
I, personally, like to serve my baked brie with some sliced fruits like apples and pears (something sturdy and a slightly neutral flavor, you really want this jam to shine through!). I also like to serve it with crackers even though the cheese is wrapped in puff pastry. Usually, I like to let you be adventurous on your own with my recipes if you want to serve an item with another of your preference but I highly suggest that you try the rosemary and olive oil Triscuit crackers with this recipe. I think you’ll find that the rosemary plays so well with the jam; it will knock your socks off!
Give this super simple, yet elegant, recipe a try and let me know how you like it! If you would like help with a FREE shopping list and prep list for this and other recipes this holiday season, sign up to get my free Holiday Appetizer Help and I will hold your hand every step of the way!
Happy eating everyone!
Additional Appetizer Recipes:
- 8 ounce brie wheel
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 1 each Egg beaten
- 4 ounces dried cherries
- 7 ounces dried figs stemmed and halved
- 2 each bay leaves
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup Sugar
Roll puff pastry until a square shape is achieved. Place wheel of brie in the middle and measure how much will need to be trimmed from puff pastry to fit. Cut excess pastry. You should have a small square.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush the outside edges of the puff pastry with beaten egg and fold puff pastry over the brie, pressing edges together. Place wheel of brie into the fridge to rest for an hour so the puff pastry can firm up.
Combine fig and cherry jam ingredients together in a medium sized sauce pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until dried fruit have become plump. Puree jam in a food processor or blender until no big chunks are left.
Egg wash the outside of the wrapped brie and bake for 20 minutes.
Top baked brie with jam and serve with pears, apples, and crackers.