Baked brie: A party favorite

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Baked brie is a rich and comforting favorite that’s easy to make and versatile. It goes well with a variety of fruits, such as pears, cranberries, and any type of fruit preserves. It’s also great with caramelized onions, nuts (see image below), olive tapenade or sundried tomatoes. Serve baked brie with baguette rounds or plain crackers for a beautiful appetizer display.

Here are three delicious takes on baked brie: two sweet and one savory. Your guests are sure to enjoy all of them.

Baked brie with cranberry-orange relish

1 can (11 oz.) Mandarin oranges
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 small wheels (about 8 oz. each) ripe brie
1 can (16 oz.) whole-berry cranberry sauce
1 teaspoon grated orange zest

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Drain juice from Mandarin oranges into a medium bowl.
  3. Stir raisins into the juice; cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain.
  4. Place wheels of brie on a baking sheet or in 2 pie plates.
  5. Bake brie wheels until they feel soft and are warmed in the centers, about 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Transfer to serving plates.
  7. Meanwhile, chop Mandarin oranges. Add to soaked raisins. Stir in cranberry sauce and orange zest.
  8. Pour mixture over the Brie wheels and serve.

brie-with-pecan.jpgBaked brie with preserves, pecans and cranberries

1 lb. brie (about a 7- to 8-inch wheel)
1/2 cup peach or apricot preserves
1/2 cup whole pecans
1/2 cup dried cranberries

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Oil a cookie sheet or spray with nonstick spray and place unwrapped brie on it.
  3. Spread the preserves over the top of the brie and sprinkle with pecans and cranberries.
  4. Place brie on baking sheet that’s oiled or sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake until preserves bubble and brie feels soft to the touch, about 20 to 30 minutes.  Cool slightly before placing on serving plates.

Baked brie with roasted garlic and caramelized onion

10 cloves garlic, peeled
Olive oil
1 lb. brie (about a 7- to 8-inch wheel); cut white layer from top
1 large yellow onion; sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices
2 Tbs. butter
1 Tbs. brown sugar
1/4 cup brandy (apricot or other light-flavored liqueurs can be substituted)

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Put garlic cloves in small saucepan and cover with oil.
  3. Cook on medium high heat until lightly browned; strain garlic from oil.
  4. Slowly sauté onions in butter in a medium-sized pan  over medium heat until onions are soft and browned on edges, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add brown sugar and brandy and mix well; cook until sugar has dissolved.
  6. Add garlic; let stand to incorporate the flavors.
  7. Place brie in the oven until it’s warm and soft in the middle, about 20 minutes.
  8. Pour the garlic-onion mixture over the brie and serve.

Image sources: Cranberry Brie: bsmith4815 on Flickr, and Brie with Nuts: La Fattina on Flickr

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  1. Good idea!

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