Easy baked brie with a drizzle honey and crispy sage is the perfect simple appetizer for any occasion. Served with bread or crackers, it’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser. If you’re looking for festive appetizers, try our Cranberry Brie Pastry Wreath.
Ok, so there really isn’t much to say about baked brie. I mean, cheese. Baked. Yup, sold! There just isn’t anything that can beat hot, melty cheese topped with honey and crispy sage. And you’ll be hard-pressed to find an appetizer that is this simple as well as being impressive. The honey is the perfect partner for the rich cheese and the crispy sage leaves add a little texture and aroma. Perfect served with crusty bread or crackers.
Table of Contents
- Brie cheese. Use a wheel of brie. Any soft cheese with a rind will work. Camembert is also a good option.
- Honey. Honey adds just the perfect amount of sweetness to cut through the rich cheese. A few dollops of jam will work similarly and maple syrup can also be used. Raspberry jam or fig jam are particularly delicious with Brie.
- Fresh sage. Fresh thyme or rosemary will also work. Fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary are also good options.
- Bread, baguette slices or crackers for dipping. I made garlic ciabatta toasts by toasting very thin slices of ciabatta drizzle with olive oil until golden brown and rubbing each slice with a clove of garlic. You could also treat this like a small pot of fondue and serve it with apple slices.
- Other serving suggestions: Baked brie makes a fantastic centerpiece for a cheese board. Serve the warm brie with grapes, crackers, bread, nuts (pecans/walnuts/pistachios), preserves like apricot jam or caramelized onions for a fantastic Thanksgiving or Christmas appetizer.
How to bake brie
- Prepare the brie: Using a sharp knife, slice the top of the rind off the brie then place onto a baking dish. I like using an oven-proof serving dish (like this small cast iron skillet) which means you don’t have to transfer the cheese once baked. Place the baking dish you are using onto a baking sheet. Drizzle the brie generously with honey and place in a hot oven.
- Bake: Allow the brie to bake until the cheese is just soft and gooey. While the cheese is baking, fry the sage leaves in hot olive oil for a few seconds until they start to crisp then remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
- Serve: Once baked, remove the cheese from the oven. Scatter over the crispy sage leaves and place on a serving platter. Serve with bread or crackers.
How long to bake brie?
Baked at 200ºC/400ºF, the cheese shouldn’t take long at all. Bake until the cheese is just soft and melted, 7-10 minutes should be enough depending on the size of the cheese.
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Easy baked brie
- 200 g (7oz) brie wheel
- 2 tbsp honey
- ½ cup fresh sage
- bread/crackers to serve
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F.
- Using a sharp knife, slice the top of the rind off the brie then place onto a baking dish.
- Place the baking dish you are using onto a baking sheet. Drizzle the brie generously with honey and place in a hot oven.
- Place the cheese in the oven and allow to bake until the cheese has just melted, 7-10 minutes.
- While the cheese is baking, fry the sage leaves in hot olive oil for a few seconds until they start to crisp then remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
- Once baked, remove the cheese from the oven. Scatter over the crispy sage leaves and place on a serving platter. Serve with bread or crackers.