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Baked Brie With Roasted Grapes

This Baked Brie With Roasted Grapes is one of the easiest and most delicious appetizers. Gooey, melted warm baked brie melds with sweet, syrupy, and slightly acidic roasted grapes, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and thyme. Though fabulous anytime, it is a quick but impressive appetizer that comes together in just over 30 minutes – making it perfect for Thanksgiving and holiday entertaining.

The Queen Of Cheeses – What is Brie?

Brie cheese, often referred to as the Queen Of Cheeses, is arguably the most famous cheese from France. It originated in the French region Brie, from which it derives its name. Hundreds of years ago, it was used as a tribute paid to French Kings.

Brie is made from cow’s milk. To make Brie, rennet is added to the raw milk and then heated. This creates the curd, which is then strained and cast into molds. After the cheese has been in the molds for around 18 hours, the cheese is salted and aged for a minimum of four weeks.

It should be noted that Brie in France is very different from that exported to the United States. Brie in France is not stabilized and therefore develops a darker hue and more complex flavor as it matures. Brie that is exported to the states is stabilized. It does not mature, but stays pale, with a white rind, and has a much longer shelf life.

A white ceramic brie baker with the top off showing a white, crinkly wheel of Brie cheese inside, waiting to be baked.

How to bake Brie

For this recipe I am explaining how to bake Brie that is either served as is, or toppings are added to after the fact. I will be exploring other methods, like a wrapped brie, or one with toppings that are also baked in other posts. This is the simplest way to bake Brie – all you really need to do is heat the oven. pop it in, and remove when it is warm and quite soft, but not liquid. This generally takes about 15 minutes in a 350°F oven.

The biggest thing to look out for is not to overdo it. I accidentally did that at a dinner party one night and we ended up with a delicious liquid mess… and rind. So my word of warning is – check on it once or twice just to be sure.

The best dish to bake the Brie in is of course, a Ceramic Brie Baker. I was gifted one of these years ago and it has come in so handy. Being ceramic, it heats more gently than metal, something that helps to slowly warm the cheese. Because it is such a great piece and a great gift, I have added it to the collection in my store, click the link below to shop it. Alternately, any ceramic or glass baking dish will work fine. Cover this with foil to help it heat evenly.


A white ceramic Brie Baker with a spreader that is available for purchase in the store.

A parchment lined tray layered with shriveled and burst Roasted Red Grapes, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Brie and grapes are the perfect pairing

There is something so easy about the combination of these two ingredients. The rich, creamy, tangy, nutty Brie cheese is punctuated by the sweet, juicy, tartness bursting from the grape. These were a staple of my house growing up. Whenever my parents were celebrating, or it was just the weekend, there would be Brie and grapes, and a bottle of wine. The apple does not fall far from the tree.

A white ceramic serving plate with a wheel or Baked Brie topped with Roasted Red Grapes. The plate is sitting on top of a round wooden cheese board with slices of fresh baguette.

If you make this Baked Brie With Roasted Grapes be sure to leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you. And if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram, I’d love to see!

A close up of a slice of baguette topped with a chunk of baked brie cheese and topped with two roasted red grapes.

How To Make: Baked Brie With Roasted Grapes


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Ingredients:

Adjust Servings
1 8 Oz. Wheel Brie Cheese
1/2 Pound Seeded Red Grapes, Washed And Dried You can roast more and store them in a jar in the fridge .
2 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar About 2 Tbsp. - drizzle balsamic vinegar over the grapes to lightly coat.
1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh Thyme Substitute Dried Thyme
Flakey Sea Salt For Garnish
Fresh Sliced Baguette Or Crackers For Serving
Optional:
Honey For Drizzling This adds carbs to the dish so makes it low carb and not keto.
Nutritional Information
7.3 Grams Net Carbs
6.2 Grams Protein
9.7 Grams Fat
139 Calories

Directions

1.
Preheat the oven to 400°F and prep the grapes.
Lay the grapes on a parchment lined baking sheet or in a baking dish. Keep a few clusters of grapes on the vine, but remove some to be single grapes.
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2.
Season the grapes.
Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the grapes and gently brush or toss to coat. Sprinkle with the fresh thyme and flakey sea salt.
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3.
Roast the grapes
Put the dish in the oven and roast for about 30 minutes. Halfway through, gently shake the dish to loosen and toss the grapes. The grapes are done when the skins are shriveled and the grapes begin to burst. Remove from the oven.
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4.
Reduce the heat to 350°F and bake the Brie.
Place the wheel of Brie cheese in a ceramic brie baker or in a ceramic or glass oven-safe dish. If using a dish without a cover, place foil on the top. Bake the brie in the oven for about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven when it is soft and oozes. Check this periodically to make sure that it does not get overdone (liquid). Remove from the oven.
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5.
Plate and garnish the Brie.
Put the Brie on a serving plate. Something that can handle oozing juices and mopping up. Top the cheese with the Roasted Grapes - decoratively splaying the bunches over the top. Optional: drizzle a touch more balsamic or a drizzle of honey. Serve warm with crusty bread or crackers.
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Joanna Revers

I'm a designer, creator, cook, and gardener living in Vermont. A Cultivated Living is where my life in design meets my love of cooking. Here I share inspiration and recipes for a healthy home, garden, and life... focusing on beautiful, fresh, and uncomplicated food and entertaining.

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