Apricot Baked Brie is the perfect, easy appetizer! Melty, brie cheese placed with some small accouterments makes for an elegant and sophisticated treat.
With Valentine's Day fast approaching, we need an easy, yet elegant, appetizer that can be shared with loved ones or friends. Even if you're not a fan of Valentine's Day, this apricot baked brie can be used for a dinner party, or as a statement piece on your next charcuterie board!
All About Brie Cheese
Let's start out by talking about brie. Brie is a soft, creamy cheese made from cow's milk. Surrounding the cheese is a rind (skin), which has a bloomy, tangy taste, that is completely edible! In fact, in France they consider the rind to be the best part!
How brie cheese is made is actually really fascinating! If you're into that sort of stuff, you can read all about it here. P.S. - don't be freaked out by the talk of mold as part of the cheese making process.
Brie is a very versatile cheese and can be used in a variety of recipes - baked brie (like we're making today), on a sandwich, stuffed into chicken, or even wrapped in pastry dough. If you're eating brie by itself, allow it to come to room temperature (about 30 - 45 minutes) before enjoying it!
Pairing Baked Brie
When pairing your apricot jam baked brie, you have so many options! Pairing brie with something acidic will help bring out the rich, creamy texture. However, sweet sides like jam and fruit also pair well.
For my small board today, I paired my brie with dry-cured salami, raspberries, blackberries, and raisin rosemary crisps.
If you are hosting a party, or need a larger appetizer spread, brie also pairs well with other cheeses. Feel free to use the apricot baked brie as part of a larger charcuterie board.
Apricot Jam Baked Brie
- Heat oven to 350°F.
- Add apricot jam, dried apricots, almonds, rosemary, and salt to a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Place the brie on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Top with apricot mixture. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until you can touch the outside of the cheese and feel that it is melted inside.
- Allow the cheese to rest and firm up slightly for about 5 minutes. Serve with crackers or a toasted baguette.