We don't know about you, but working as a cheese sommelier is definitely a dream job of ours. We'll gladly eat ricotta-stuffed pasta shells, smoked gouda enchiladas, or Gruyère-topped French onion soup any day. If creamy, gooey goodness is also your weakness, then you've come to the right place. From brie-stuffed artichokes topped with buttery bread crumbs to crispy quesadillas filled with creamy brie and earthy mushrooms, these indulgent recipes are sure to make any cheese lover's mouth water. Keep scrolling for seven savory brie recipes that are just the right amount of decadent. (Yes, perfection does exist.)
The Hero Ingredient: The artichokes. When cut in half and stuffed with brie, these appetizers are so delicious that you'll be tempted to make them as a main dish.
The Pro Tip: Many people (ourselves included) find artichokes intimidating, but these brie-stuffed artichokes are too good to pass up. "To remove the center of the artichoke, you just need to take a spoon and scoop it right out. No big deal!" says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
The Clincher: The buttery sourdough breadcrumbs (which turn a beautiful shade of golden brown when baked).
Creamy Skillet Mac and Cheese
The Hero Ingredient: The lemon juice. The acidity of this unexpected ingredient lends a slightly tangy flavor to this otherwise rich, dairy-heavy dish.
The Pro Tip: While this creamy skillet mac and cheese is decidedly decadent, there are two secret ingredients that balance out all that cheesy goodness. "Dijon mustard and ground ginger help to cut the creaminess of the sauce, and we love the light tangy flavor the mustard brings to the overall dish," say recipe creators Jenny and Teri of Spoon Fork Bacon.
The Clincher: The buttery, crunchy cracker topping. It's the perfect complement to the velvety cheese sauce.
Butternut Squash and Brie Soup
The Hero Ingredient: The butternut squash is sweet yet savory, making it the perfect vegetable base for this indulgent, luscious brie soup.
The Pro Tip: Not only is this butternut squash and brie soup mouthwateringly delicious, but it's also an easy, one-pot meal. Everything gets roasted in the same pot and then gets put on the stove. "Roasting your squash and garlic instead of just simmering them on the stove allows the sweetness in the veggies to really come out and become caramelized," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
The Clincher: The crispy pancetta. This creamy squash-and-brie soup needs only a little crunch, and its salty topping is just the thing to take this dish to the next level.
The Hero Ingredient: The rosemary. When sautéed with the mushrooms, this herb infuses the butter with a delicious, earthy flavor.
The Pro Tip: When it comes to making these mushroom brie quesadillas, layering is everything. "Place two pieces of brie on one side of the tortilla," explains Sonja of A Couple Cooks. "Nestle one-quarter of the mushrooms over the top, followed by one-quarter of the arugula and another two slices of brie."
The Clincher: The drizzle of honey at the end lends a sweetness that contrasts nicely with the earthy mushrooms and creamy brie cheese.
Apricot-, Walnut-, and Brie-Stuffed Chicken Breast
The Hero Ingredient: The whipped brie mixture. Brie and cream cheese come together to create a decadently thick sauce.
The Pro Tip: This apricot-, walnut-, and brie-stuffed chicken complete with roasted potatoes is a one-pan dinner (lazy chefs, rejoice). "Not only does this mean [fewer] dishes for you to clean, but it also means your potatoes are going to be crazy flavorful," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
The Clincher: The apricot glaze. Apricot preserves mixed with balsamic and olive oil create the simplest yet tastiest sauce you've ever put on chicken. (Trust us on this.)
Chicken, Potato, Brie, and Thyme Tart
The Hero Ingredient: The potatoes, which are cooked with balsamic vinegar and sugar before being boiled in salted water for added sweetness.
The Pro Tip: This chicken, potato, brie, and thyme tart is "the most decadent way to use up leftover chicken and boiled potatoes," confesses recipe creator Sarah of Stuck in the Kitchen. "To be honest, it is worth cooking two chickens at a time to make sure you have enough leftovers for this," she adds judiciously.
The Clincher: The caramelized onions are so rich and slightly sweet that you'll want to get a few in every forkful.