Try saying that three times fast. Baked Berry Brie…Baked Brarry Bee…Braked…
While it may not be easy to say it over and over again, this is a simple and delicious appetizer for your next “patriotic party.” Fourth of July, Memorial Day…I’m not too sure of any other countries having holidays that involve people celebrating their country with thousands of flags on every.single.thing.in.the.world. Maybe there aren’t any. But here in ‘Murica, we take holidays that have any sense of patriotism to them, and we add tons and tons of American flags to the décor and call it a day. Don’t ask me why, I don’t exactly know.
Even so, if you are so inclined to make a red, white, and blue appetizer that also just so happens to be amazingly delicious, I think this is the perfect recipe for you. You take a wheel of brie cheese, slice it in half, and stuff it with jam and do a bunch of other nice things to it.
The photo below is of one I made back when I invented this recipe — while I was working at the cheese counter of a grocery store (it is often called Whole Paycheck…) — but it is of the cheese before it is baked. You should expect the cheese to be oozing and the berries to slump nicely on top.
I hope you’ll give it a try for your next get together!
Baked Berry Brie (6 to 8 servings)
Method adapted from Ina Garten, but the recipe is my own.
1 8 oz. round brie
1/4 cup raspberry jam (you could also substitute whatever jam you like, strawberry or a mixed berry would also be nice here)
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
Crackers, sliced apples, pretzel rods to serve
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Slice the brie round in half lengthwise, through the equator, and place on the cutting board cut sides up.
- Spread 1/2 of the jam on one half of the brie and top it with the remaining piece, cut side down. Place the brie on a cookie sheet/sheet pan covered with parchment paper.
- Top the brie with the remaining jam and arrange the raspberries and blueberries on top in whichever pattern you like, I opted for a striped pattern. Drizzle the top of the brie with honey, you don’t need a lot, you just want it to look a little bit shiny.
- Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until it starts to ooze but not completely melt.
- Serve with crackers, apple slices, pretzel rods or anything else you can think of that would benefit from some fruity/cheesy goodness.