We don't know what it is about Brie that draws a crowd, though it probably has something to do with its soft, gooey texture and approachable, savory taste. And, whether you're staying in with the family; having a few friends over; or heading out to a shindig, we're willing to bet a brie-centric appetizer will elevate any spread. Plus, there's a reason why you'll often find Brie recipes paired with fruit: The sweetness of the fruit tends to bring out the savoriness of the cheese.
Without further ado, upgrade your next get together with one of these 12 Brie recipes from our favorite foodies; from honey baked Brie to Brie and mushroom crostini, tartlets (including a roast beef and Brie breakfast tart), puff pastries and more.
Here are our picks for the best brie recipes to try at your next shindig.
Honey-Baked Cheese With Pistachios and Cranberries
Why We Love It: This appetizer from Salt & Wind is fancy yet unfussy to assemble, and founder Aida Mollenkamp even goes so far as to call it the "George Clooney of cheese appetizers." You'll need Brie (or Camembert), pistachios, cinnamon or cardamom pods, chopped dried cherries or cranberries, and crackers or crostini to serve.
Pro Tip: Discard the cinnamon or cardamom before drizzling baked cheese with a few teaspoons of honey.
Mushroom Bruschetta With Triple Cream Brie, Sage, and Truffle Oil
Why We Love It: When it comes to a hearty appetizer, we're making Feasting at Home's mushroom and Brie bruschetta. Brush mushrooms with olive oil, sauté with garlic, shallot, and sage; add the sherry or wine. Slice the Brie (keep the rind), pile on baguette slices and drizzle with truffle oil.
Pro Tip: Writes Sylvia of Feasting at Home, "You can toast the baguette slices ahead, and then assemble, for a crispy foundation, or you can bake the whole appetizer on un-toasted baguette slices, for a softer, meltier bite."
Brie-Stuffed Piloncillo-Caramelized Apples
The Recipe: Brie-Stuffed Piloncillo-Caramelized Apples
Why We Love It: A marriage of caramelized apples (thanks to piloncillo sugar, Brie, and rosemary and thyme makes Muy Bueno Cookbook's crostini recipe (which was inspired by the Fiestas cookbook by Marcela Valladolid) a comforting sweet treat.
Pro Tip: Whether you use apples, peaches, or pears, you may need to adjust cooking time based on the ripeness of your fruit, writes Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack of Muy Bueno Cookbook.
Bite-Sized Baked Brie With Rosemary and Honey
The Recipe: Bite-Sized Baked Brie With Rosemary and Honey
Why We Love It: Hummingbird High's decision to present these Brie puff pastries (inspired by Joy the Baker) on popsicle sticks means a convenient way to enjoy these bite-sized snacks. In other words, your fingers stay grease-free and it makes it easy for a crowd to pick-and-go.
Pro Tip: "These pastries are best when served immediately from the oven, with a drizzle of honey and a light sprinkle of salt," writes Michelle Lopez of Hummingbird High. Lopez adds that this recipe is best served warm.
Creamy Skillet Mac and Cheese
The Recipe: Creamy Skillet Mac and Cheese
Why We Love It: Brie and Camembert cheese makes Spoon Fork Bacon's mac and cheese recipe extra rich and creamy. Create the sauce with the addition of whole milk, heavy cream, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, chicken stock, ginger, thyme.
Pro Tip: To finish, "Top the mac and cheese filled skillet with the buttered cracker mix and place under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes or until the shells slightly caramelize and the cheese sauce becomes hot and bubbly," writes Spoon Fork Bacon. Garnish with crushed buttered crackers, butter, and minced thyme.
Brie and Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich
The Recipe: Brie and Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Why We Love It: Pairing fruit and cheese will always be a classic combination, like Le Petit Eats's pear and Brie grilled cheese. Thinly slice pears, add Brie, top with thyme, and melt it all together in a buttered skillet. Drizzle with honey before serving.
Pro Tip: Keep an eye on the skillet so the bread doesn't burn, advises Denisse from Le Petite Eats. She adds, "The butter can burn easily too, so make sure to keep the heat steady around medium as the sandwich is cooking."
Savory Brie and Chutney Hand Pies
The Recipe: Savory Brie and Chutney Hand Pies
Why We Love It: Yes to Yolks' sweet and citrusy chutney, and creamy Brie is an ideal combo for these hand pies. For the chutney, Yes to Yolks says, "Cook down fresh cranberries and apples in honey, spices, and orange juice."
Pro Tip: Bake till golden, puffed, and crisp writes Yes to Yolks; approximately 25–30 minutes.
Roast Beef and Brie Breakfast Tarts
The Recipe: Roast Beef and Brie Breakfast Tarts
Why We Love It: Flaky puff pastry makes a complementary vessel for I Am a Food Blog's roast beef and brie breakfast tarts. Add a smidge of mustard, a few sprigs of fresh thyme, and top with a fried egg.
Pro Tip: You'll need the oven for two baking times; once to bake the puff pastry, and another to warm the Brie and roast beef.
Brie, Pesto, and Sweet Pepper Grilled Cheese
The Recipe: Brie, Pesto, and Sweet Pepper Grilled Cheese
Why We Love It: Two Peas and Their Pod's easy recipe is creamy, herby, and slightly sweet. Sweet peppers and pestos can be bought pre-made to cut down on preparation time, then all you need is bread, butter, and Brie.
Pro Tip: Two Peas and Their Pod uses sun-dried sweet and tangy peppers, though you can use roasted red peppers as an alternative.
Pear, Cranberry, and Brie Mini Tartlets
The Recipe: Pear, Cranberry, and Brie Mini Tartlets
Why We Love It: Salt & Wind's tartlet recipe is a modern riff on the classic cranberry and Brie appetizer. The timely twist includes pear, sage, a hot honey drizzle, as well as pomegranates and citrus zest. Bake for 20–25 minutes.
Pro Tip: "Store the hot honey in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week," recommends Mollenkamp.
Baked Brie With Pomegranates
The Recipe: Baked Brie With Pomegranates
Why We Love It: There is an endless array of fruit and nut combos that you can top baked Brie with, like Love & Lemons's combo of sweet pomegranates and crunchy pistachios. Add rosemary sprigs for garnish, drizzle with honey, and add a dash of sea salt if your prefer.
Pro Tip: "Be sure to put the Brie in the oven when it's cold from the fridge, not at room temperature, so that it doesn't melt completely as it bakes," writes Jeanine Donofrio, of Love & Lemons.
Pan Fried Brie With Peppered Honey and Olives
The Recipe: Pan Fried Brie With Peppered Honey and Olives
Why We Love It: Half Baked Harvest's fried Brie recipe offers savory crunch thanks to panko bread crumbs, and salty and sweet accompaniment from honey, and fried olives and capers simmered in lemon that will cut through the Brie's buttery profile.
Pro Tip: Serve with fresh thyme, and generous helpings of peppered honey.