Baked Brie Appetizer with Roasted Grapes
This Baked Brie with roasted grapes is the perfect appetizer to share with your guests. Minimal effort, simple and delicious ingredients like creamy smooth brie, sweet roasted grapes with honey and walnut pieces. I like to think this one is sneaky sophistication!
Goodbye 2018 and hello 2019! I don’t even know where this year went but I know I’m going to celebrate it before it’s gone!
We usually stay home for New Years, me being a hermit at heart and all, kidding. Though I really am not a fan of dressing up, waiting forever for cabs in the cold, and being crowded by drunk people. This year though we are thankful to be spending New Years, hosted by friends for a family friendly celebration, ice skating on the lake in their backyard and food and drinks.
And you know there’s no chance of me showing up without food to share! This Baked Brie appetizer could not have turned out any better for the occasion. Perfect compliment of flavours and as I’ve just been informed through Instagram – according to the Spanish eating 12 grapes at New Years (one for each stroke of the clock) will bring good luck! Could this be any more perfect?! Thanks Mona 😉
On that note: I’m wishing you all of the best for 2019 and thank you for all of your amazing support this last year! More good food and good drinks to come xo
How to Bake Brie
There are definitely different methods in how to bake brie. Some people prefer to remove the top part of the rind, some prefer to bake it covered in a dish, I’m not here to tell you what’s best but this is the simplest best outcome method for me.
- Allow your brie cheese to sit out at room temperature for an hour before baking if you can to ensure it bakes evenly and you’ll get the most of the flavour this way as well
- Preheat your oven to 350F
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the brie wheel on top as is
- It doesn’t take long, so in the case of this recipe where we are using roasted grapes, I would put them in first to start roasting. Otherwise you can add the toppings on top to bake with the brie or add to it afterwards.
- Allow the brie to bake for roughly 10 minutes for a large wheel, likely less for a small wheel. You want the brie melted on the inside and maybe oozing out a bit but not completely melted
Common Questions About Brie
Chances are, brie cheese may be a new idea to you all together. Fear not! I’ve baked a wheel or two (actually more than I can count) and I’ve put together some answers to some questions I find are commonly asked about brie cheese. Like;
- Do you take the rind off of brie cheese before baking or eating it? NOPE! The rind is completely edible, though it is preference and some choose only to scrape the creamy insides out to enjoy. Go ahead and try it first and decide for yourself!
- How long to bake brie? It depends on the size of the wheel, some come quite small to pretty large. Mine was an average large wheel of brie and it baked for roughly 10 minutes and was puffing on top and starting to ooze cheese a bit before I pulled it out. You don’t want it completely melted and the cheese completely seeped out of the rind though.
- What to serve with Baked Brie? Aside from what you choose to bake on top of brie, there’s the best part, what vessel you choose to enjoy it on top of. I personally love serving Baked Brie with a crusty bread like a baguette, sliced into rounds. You could also serve it with crackers.
- Brie wine pairing – which wine goes best? Soft and fruit wines come recommended like a nice Pinot Noir.
Baked Brie with Roasted Grapes
Sure to impress your guests, this Baked Brie is soft and creamy, the roasted grapes give a burst of sweetness in your mouth with the crunch of the walnut, drizzled with honey. This Baked Brie appetizer may seem sophisticated but it is seriously simple to make!
- Prep Time: 5 Minutes
- Cook Time: 15 Minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- 1 Large Wheel of Brie Cheese
- A Bunch of Grapes (You can leave the grapes attached or removed, your preference!)
- 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp of Honey
- 2 Tbsp of Walnut Pieces
- Preheat oven to 350F and line two separate baking sheets with parchment paper
- Place washed grapes on one sheet and drizzle with olive oil and place in the oven to bake
- Place brie wheel on the other baking sheet and place in the oven
- Remove both baking sheets when grapes start to blister and when the brie is puffed (it may start to seep a bit as well) roughly 10-15 for both depending on size
- Transfer brie carefully using a large spatula to a serving plate, placing grapes on top, and drizzle with honey and top with walnut pieces
- Serve with crackers or fresh crusty baguette