I Never Entertain Without This: My Ridiculously Easy, 3-Ingredient Baked Brie

Updated 11/07/19

Lindsey Lanquist 

At MyDomaine, we understand the importance of designing a home you love—one that you're proud to live in and proud to show off to friends and family. But even with that intrinsic desire to host, actually entertaining at home can sometimes feel overwhelming and intimidating. 

So, to make opening up your home a little less stressful, we’re sharing the recipes, products, and simple tips that we go back to every time we entertain. Happy hosting!

The most incredible parties I’ve been to have boasted over-the-top decor, trendy cocktails, and at least one Instagrammable photo opportunity. But once the night is over, I hardly remember the people I saw, the drinks I sipped, or the conversations I had. What I do remember, however, is the food.

It might be myopic to suggest that parties are exclusively defined by their grazing tables. But as far as I’m concerned, they kind of are. Guest lists, themes, entertainment—these things matter, of course. But get the food right, and people will excuse a lot. (Get it wrong, on the other hand, and you’ll end up with guests who are hangry, disappointed, and all-around bummed.)

Needless to say, my top priority when throwing a shindig is doing an excellent job with the food. I want a lot of it, I want it to be delicious, and I want it to seem just a little gourmet, too. In my years as a party host, I’ve served all kinds of appetizers that fit this bill. But none has pleased crowds more consistently than baked Brie.

Some party foods are excessively gourmet at the expense of taste. (Think back to the most photogenic finger foods you’ve ever encountered. Sure, they looked nice—but did you actually want to eat them? If you didn’t, those finger foods failed.) Others are excessively indulgent at the expense of aesthetic. (Pigs in a blanket, chips and queso, macaroni and cheese—these dishes are absolutely delightful. But they feel more “Super Bowl party” than “Friday night soiree.”) Baked Brie, though? Baked Brie offers flavor and sophistication in equal measure.

As far as taste is concerned, baked Brie is undeniably delicious. It’s hard to go wrong with cheese—let alone cheese melted inside a buttery, toasted pastry. But baked Brie delivers decadent flavor without veering into “sports bar snack” territory. The puff pastry keeps the dish feeling elegant and tidy. Plus, there’s something about Brie that feels inherently upscale. 

But baked Brie isn’t just a surprisingly elegant treat. It’s also one of those dishes that looks more impressive than it is, making it an asset to any host. For years, I assumed baked Brie was untouchably gourmet—the kind of decadent dish only professionals were capable of throwing together. Little did I know, the recipe only calls for a mere three ingredients—and less than an hour of your time. 

In other words, you can treat your guests to something they’ll find really special, without sacrificing a ton of time, money, or energy. And seriously, what more could you ask for as a host?

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 small wheel of Brie cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of butter, melted

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Once your frozen puff pastry has thawed (this usually takes about 1 hour), use a rolling pin to stretch it out.
  • Place your Brie wheel in the center of your puff pastry, and fold the corners over the center of the Brie (as neatly as you can manage).
  • Melt one tablespoon of butter. Then, cover the pastry with the melted butter, making sure to seal off any holes. (If you don’t, the cheese with melt through the holes while the pastry is baking, and you’ll end up with a very messy pastry—and a pan covered in melted cheese.)
  • Pop the pastry in the oven for about 40 minutes—or until the pastry is a flaky golden-brown hue.
  • Serve the pastry warm, and watch your guests react with delight as you cut it up to reveal the melty, gooey cheese inside.

One of the coolest things about this simple recipe is that you can get a little fancy with it if you want to.

Once you’ve mastered the 3-ingredient version, you can experiment with adding honey, jam, berries, nuts, and other tasty treats. Simply plop a spoonful of your ingredient of choice on top of your Brie wheel before you fold up and seal your pastry.

And a quick word of advice: Every time I’ve made this dish, it’s been thoroughly devoured within 10 minutes of me serving it. So I usually try to have 1-2 extra on hand for refills. Watch your guests’ jaws drop the first time you cut open the pastry to reveal the melted cheese inside. And watch their jaws drop again when you replenish the platter with your second (or third!) baked Brie. 

All that for an appetizer that’s easy (and affordable!) to throw together. That, my friends, is what hosting dreams are made of.

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