Easy baked brie with honey and crispy sage is the perfect simple appetizer for any occasion. Served with bread or crackers, it’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
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 and one that will impress the pants off your guests. 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.
- 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.
- Fresh sage. Fresh thyme or rosemary will also work.
- 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), 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.
Would it be possible to make this with feta cheese? My partner doesn’t care for brie.
You could, it just won’t be as gooey and melty of course.
This is so easy and so delicious. We did not have any honey, so drizzled a little bit of olive oil on it. We devoured it with crackers. All I can say is – why did we not do this before, it turns an average little cheese into a masterpiece!!!!
This is absolutely fab! The recipe rocks! Such a great simple appetizer suitable for any occassion. I definitely like the combo of flavors. Honey, garlic and rosemary make the ideal accompaniment to the rich cheese. The meal is so spectacular. I’m planning to make this for our next friend’s gathering next week. Gonna follow your recipe precisely. Hope this will impress all of my friends and I’ll get rave reviews. Gonna serve this with crostini and crusty bread as you recommend.
Alida, thank you for this inspiration and all of your useful tips. I’m sure they’ll help me a lot. Look forward to your new ideas.
p.s. Can’t wait to try your other festive appetizers. Some of them really attract me.
Thanks so much Ann! 🙂 Hope you loved it!