This Baked Brie Cheese Appetizer with Apples and Bacon comes together easily and has just a few ingredients, but will have your guests swooning. Everyone loves baked brie, and the apples are the perfect way to welcome the fall season. They’re sweet, but a bit of kosher salt gives them a salted caramel twist. And then there’s bacon. You know what they say – everything is better with bacon, and this baked brie is no exception.
For this recipe you’ll need: brie cheese, apple, brown sugar, butter, kosher salt, cinnamon and bacon.
As new guest contributors to Restless Chipotle we’d like to introduce ourselves and tell you a little bit about us. We’re Pam and Sara, and we’re a mother/daughter team blogging from Biscuits and Burlap. We’re so excited to be here, and we think you’ll agree that our recipes and style mesh perfectly with Marye’s. There’s no doubt that we’re southern through and through, and that’s definitely reflected in our love of food and drinks from the south. We’re proud to preserve some of the old school ways of cooking, but sometimes we like to twist things up a bit, too. We’ve been known to kick up an old favorite up with a shake of cayenne or jalapenos and, on occasion, a splash of bourbon is just the ticket. We hope you’ll enjoy our contributions here, and please come for a visit at Biscuits and Burlap. We promise to treat you like family.
We like to keep our recipes as versatile as possible. We’re big believers in using what you have on hand and trying not to waste good food. With this recipe, for example, if you have a wheel of camembert cheese, then by all means, use that and don’t feel that you have to run out for brie. If you don’t have kosher salt, use whatever salt you have. Dark brown sugar or light brown sugar? Either one is fine. If you follow the basic recipe your family and friends are going to love this baked brie.
Baked Brie Cheese With or Without Rind?
It’s a question of great debate. The rind on brie is absolutely edible. Some people think it adds to the flavor and enjoyment of the cheese. Some people don’t like it. It’s really a matter of personal taste. We did a little reading up on the subject as we worked on this recipe. It seems that good etiquette is to take the rind with your cheese, whether you’re going to eat it or not, but not to leave it on the serving plate. We made this recipe with the top rind removed and with the entire rind intact. It makes a prettier, neater package with the all the rind left on. But, while it gets a little gooey and runny with the top removed, it’s still delicious. Bottom line? It’s entirely your choice.
Variations on Baked Brie with Apples and Bacon
If you do a search you’ll find hundreds of toppings for baked brie. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- use pears instead of apples
- add a few nuts (pecans are our favorite)
- use pancetta instead of bacon
- try different spices – nutmeg, allspice, etc.
- add a splash of bourbon or a liqueur
- try dried cherries or cranberries
- a real time saver is to use preserves (and get some points with a family member by using their homemade preserves)
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Best Tip for This Baked Brie Cheese Appetizer?
Place the brie on a small piece of parchment paper and then on a baking pan. Once the brie gets hot all the way through it’s hard to lift it to a serving dish, and with the parchment paper it will just slide from the pan to the serving dish. Of course, you’ll have parchment paper on your serving dish, but that’s okay. You can trim it a little if needed. You’re probably going to surround it with bread, crackers or fruit anyway. We think parchment paper is just the best thing since sliced bread, and this is yet another great use for it.
Baked Brie with Apples and Bacon is so easy, yet your family and friends are going to be super impressed with it. The apples add a sweetness, but a little salt gives it a salted-caramel twist. Crisp bacon on top is the crowning touch.
- 3 strips bacon
- 1 apple diced
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 8 oz brie cheese
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Dice bacon and cook over medium heat until brown, about 7-8 minutes.
Drain bacon on paper towels and set aside.
Melt butter over medium heat and add diced apples.
Cook apples about 2 minutes and then add cinnamon, salt and brown sugar.
Cook apples additional 2 minutes, or until tender.
Place brie on parchment paper in baking pan.
Bake brie in preheated 325 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.
Slide baked brie on parchment paper onto serving dish and top with apple mixture and then bacon.
Surround brie with water crackers, baguette slices or other breads.
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This post is part of Meal Plan Monday #81.