Baked Brie with Maple Roasted Cranberries is an easy holiday appetizer, and it’s so darned pretty!
Baked Brie doesn’t always come across my radar when I’m thinking about what to serve for guests. I think that’s because it’s so easy it feels a little bit like cheating. But all it took was one bite of that melted cheese to remind me that this is a classic for a reason. I took my version in a different direction from what you usually see these days. I think Brie is rich enough, and doesn’t need a sweet, caramelized topping. Instead, I went with tart, maple roasted cranberries, they work really well with the buttery cheese. Serve it with crackers or a thinly sliced, grilled baguette. The only problem is it tends to disappear quickly. Like, instantaneously. So don’t leave the room or you might not get a bite.
This is so simple — I rinse the cranberries and spread them in a single layer in a baking dish, toss them with a little maple syrup, and roast for about 15 minutes, until they pop and get juicy.
The roasted berries go on top of a wheel of Brie and it all bakes up in a small skillet or an ovenproof dish….it only takes a few minutes for the cheese to get runny. Then I serve it as fast as I can get it to the table.
I love to experiment with cranberries because there’s nothing halfway about them, from that gorgeous color to the zingy flavor, they don’t take a backseat to anything. The fact that you can only get them this time of year makes me crave them all the more.
- 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 wheel of Brie cheese
- fresh rosemary sprigs
- fresh cranberries
- Set oven to 375F
- Spread the cranberries out in a single layer in a baking dish. Toss with the maple syrup, coating all the berries.
- Roast for about 15-20 minutes until the cranberries are starting to burst and get juicy.
- Put a round of Brie in a small skillet or small baking dish. Top with the roasted cranberries and bake for another 7 minutes or so, just until the cheese is runny.
- Garnish with some rosemary sprigs and a few raw cranberries, and then serve right away with crackers or a sliced baguette.
- Wheels of Brie keep for a long time in the fridge, and so do cranberries. Keep both around and you’ll have the makings of a really festive appetizer on a moment’s notice.
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