This gooey garlic baked brie has only 4 ingredients and takes 15 minutes to prepare! It comes out of the oven gooey and cheesy and loaded with rich garlic and herb flavors! This is the ultimate holiday appetizer for any party!
Lately…we have had a great deal of last minute gatherings at our house. Sometimes these last minute gatherings require more effort from me than my large parties.
BTW antipasti platter will make the ultimate addition to any of your holiday party menu plans! It’s gorgeous, impressive and ridiculously simple.
To say that this is easy is an understatement. There are however just a few important details to remember when preparing this garlic baked brie.
- The Brie: You can actually choose any soft cheese. Camembert, St. Andre, Brie anything that has a rind and is delicious.
- The rind helps the baked brie from momentarily oozing into everything and turning into a dip. Additionally, when purchasing this, make your life easy and buy the cheese that has a little wooden container. That will act like your baking container and will leave you with less dishes to wash. Which is always a great plan! Just make sure to take the plastic off before putting it in the oven.
- I do however like to put it on a foiled sheet pan just in case it oozes over a bit.
2. The “scoring” of the cheese is important because:
- it gives the cheese somewhere to go when it expands so that it does not explode in the oven…which is definitely not part of our no mess plan 🙂
- it allows us to infuse the cheese with loads of flavor which is very much part of our plan 🙂
3. The Flavors
- The flavors that I decided to use were super classic flavors of garlic, thyme and….truffle oil. The truffle oil is of course optional but so highly encouraged.
- Other flavors that can be used are rosemary+lemon. Sage and garlic. The possibilities are endless but all of them will be delicious.
- You can also use dried herbs if necessary but I really love the rustic look of those fresh herbs in there
4. The Accoutrements : You can complete the baked brie with a number of different sides.
- Nuts. All and any would work great. I used pecans but almonds, walnuts and even hazelnuts would work great.
- Crostini , toast points or any crackers are mandatory. You need something to slather all that gorgeous cheese on.
- A jam, preserves, chutney or even honey will go really well with the creaminess of the cheese. Actually, anything sweet will go great. I happened to have some quince jam which was very mellow. But I have also had it with dark cherry preserves and those were fabulous.
As all my friends started attacking the last bits of the antipasti platter, I unveiled my masterpiece. The baked brie. I received loads of oohs and ahhhs from my guests and everyone dived in immediately, completely ignoring me telling them it was piping hot.
- 1 8-ounce wheel Brie, St. Andre or Camembert Cheese
- 2 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly
- 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 2 tablespoons truffle oil
- Crostini or cracker
- Preheat the oven to 375-degrees
- Remove the cheese from the box and unwrap the cheese to free it from just the plastic.
- Place the cheese back into its box.
- Score the top in a crosshatch pattern with a knife. Make sure you do not go all the way through to the bottom. This is done only to the top rind, Do NOT go all the way down to the bottom.
- Place the pieces of the garlic into the top of the cheese and sprinkle with the fresh thyme.
- Drizzle with the truffle oil and place onto a baking sheet.
- Place the baking sheet into the oven for 15 minutes or until beautifully gooey.
- Remove from the oven and allot it to sit for 2-3 minutes before serving with crostini.
2. You can use Camembert, Brie or any other soft ripened cheese you like. Just make it comes in the wooden box to make your life easier.
3. In the even that you cannot find one in the wooden box, just use a sheet pan. But understand that it will spread considerably more than if it were in the box.
Inspired by Gaby from What's Gaby Cooking