Baked brie with cranberry sauce is an easy, three-ingredient appetizer to serve at your next holiday gathering. Hot, melted brie cheese is topped with cranberry sauce and chopped pecans.
There's nothing better than a simple, fuss-free, and delicious holiday appetizer. Give this baked brie with cranberry sauce a try - it's easy to prepare and only takes three ingredients.
Cranberry sauce is a staple at many holiday dinner tables. Have leftovers? This recipe is the answer. Plus, who doesn't love melty, gooey cheese? It's a match made in heaven.
Baked brie topped with cranberry sauce and pecans makes a festive, eye-catching, and delicious holiday appetizer. It's a little sweet, tart, rich, and perfect on crackers or crostini.
Ingredients and substitutions
Any round wheel of brie from 8 ounces to 16 ounces works well for this recipe. Where can you find a wheel of brie? Look in your local grocer's deli section.
Cranberry sauce can be homemade or store bought. I highly recommend my recipe for cranberry sauce with orange zest (as shown in the photos). Cranberry sauce can be substituted with jam (like apricot jam) or honey.
Pecans can be omitted or substituted with pistachios or walnuts.
What type of pan to use
The type of pan you use for baking depends on how you'd like to serve your brie. You can serve brie in a few ways - on a charcuterie board/serving plate, or in a hot dish (which will keep it warm and melty for longer).
Want to keep your brie warm longer? I suggest baking it in a shallow pan, like a cast iron skillet or a pie pan. Make sure your dish is shallow with low sides, making it less likely for someone to burn their hands on the edges.
Otherwise, simply place your brie on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once your cheese is melted, use the parchment paper to transfer it directly to your serving tray.
Do you need to take the rind off?
Do not remove the rind before baking your brie. The rind holds your cheese together while it melts in the oven, keeping its shape and making it much easier to serve.
The rind on brie is edible, so there's no need to remove it after baking either. Simply enjoy the rind along with the melty center of your brie.
What to serve with baked brie
Baked brie can be served with a variety of crackers, pita chips, flatbread, sliced apples, sliced pears, and crostini (thinly sliced and toasted bread drizzled in olive oil).
Or, add your baked brie to a charcuterie board, like my Thanksgiving charcuterie board.
Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce
- 8 ounce brie cheese wheel
- ¼ cup cranberry sauce
- 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Alternatively, use a small 6 inch cast iron skillet or pie pan.
- Unwrap brie cheese and place onto prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until center is melted (check with a toothpick).
- Remove from oven and use the parchment paper to transfer brie to a serving plate (or leave cheese in cast iron skillet for serving). Top cheese with cranberry sauce and pecans.
- Serve immediately with crackers, crostini, or sliced apples.
- The rind is edible and should not be removed before or after baking.
- If your cheese wheel begins to harden after serving, entire wheel can be reheated in the microwave in 30 second increments until desired meltiness is achieved.
- Leftover brie can be refrigerated in a sealed container for up to a week. Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave in a bowl or ramekin.
- Homemade or store bought cranberry sauce can be used. Or, substitute with your favorite jam or honey.