This quick and easy baked brie with pickled rhubarb and maple pecans makes the perfect appetizer for any occasion! The creamy brie cheese combined with tangy rhubarb pickles and maple-glazed pecans, give this recipe a unique and delicious flavor. This recipe is sure to be a hit at any party or holiday get-together!
“You have to be a romantic to invest yourself, your money, and your time in cheese.”- Anthony Bourdain
Baked brie isn’t something I was very familiar with most of my life, I grew up eating a lot of different cheeses and cheese dips, but for one reason or another brie wasn’t one of them. It wasn’t until I was an adult that was introduced to the very popular soft cheese known as brie.
And though I wasn’t sure how exactly I felt about it, or how much I really liked the flavor, I was blown away by the many different flavor combinations people make with it.
Everything from fresh herbs and black pepper to fresh berries and raw honey has been used to top this cheese. While everything from grilled cheese to wrapping it puff pastry was used to bake it.
Needless to say, I was quickly intrigued by this versatile cheese and knew I had to try my hand at creating my own recipe for baked brie. It didn’t take long for this crazy combination to pop into my head, and in a couple of weeks, I knew I had a winner.
I know most people’s first thought is probably going to be Why when it comes to this baked brie recipe. But I assure you this recipe has just the right combination of everything, it has tang, and spice, and is topped with just the right amount of sweetness.
It has everything needed to be a sure winner at any get-together! So be sure to give this unique but delicious recipe a try!
What is brie cheese?
Brie cheese is a soft cows-milk cheese named after the French region where it originated. Its rich, buttery, and fruity flavor that grows increasingly earthy with age makes it the perfect base for many different recipes and flavor combinations.
While brie cheese is usually baked before eating it can also be quite delicious uncooked as well. The key to serving a great brie is to allow the cheese to warm up to room temperature before eating. This gives it the best flavor and melting gooeyness!
Brie may seem like a simple cheese but it is truly anything but just another cheese. Its amazing flavor seems to pair wonderfully with just about anything, and its rich and creamy texture makes this cheese one-of-a-kind and well-loved.
This recipe combines the earthy flavor of brie cheese with sweet and spicy rhubarb pickles and maple syrup. But the sky really is the limit when making brie, it can also be topped with olive oil, fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, star anise, figs, and balsamic vinegar just to name a few.
Brie is also great on sandwiches, pizza, and charcuterie boards, and can be served alongside things like pork chops, pork tenderloin, sweet potatoes, and more!
How to make baked brie with pickled rhubarb and maple pecans
- wheel of brie cheese, at room temperature
- Pickled rhubarb –you can buy pickled rhubarb at certain stores or at your local farmer’s market. Or you can make my quick pickle recipe that is ready in just 24 hours!
For the maple pecans
- halved pecans
- pure maple syrup
- salted butter
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the butter and maple syrup, cook until butter is completely melted and the mixture is bubble. Remove the pan from the heat and add the pecans. Toss until completely coated and set aside.
Place your wheel of brie into a small oven-safe baking dish(l like to use a small cast iron skillet) and place the dish on a baking sheet if needed.
Scoop the pickled rhubarb out of the pickling brine and place it on top of the brie(I use roughly 1/2 cup) top with the maple pecans, and place in the prepared oven.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until softened. Remove the brie from the oven and allow it to cool for 3-5 minutes.
Serve with crusty bread, crackers, or pretzels.
If you forget to take your brie out of the fridge to warm up don’t worry! While brie tastes a little better and is definitely meltier if it has been warmed to room temperature, you can also bake it straight from the fridge. This recipe will still turn out great and taste amazing.
Maple pecans can easily be made ahead of time, simply prepare as directed, then allow them to cool completely. Transfer the finished pecans to an airtight container or to a small bowl covered with plastic wrap. They can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days.
After leftover brie can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also rewarm brie in the oven to make it melty again.
You can find my sweet and spicy pickled rhubarb recipe HERE.
Baked Brie with Pickled Rhubarb and Maple Pecans
- 1 8-oz wheel of brie cheese at room temperature
- Pickled rhubarb
For the maple pecans
- 1/2 cup halved pecans
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp salted butter
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the butter and maple syrup, cook until butter is completely melted and the mixture is bubble. Remove the pan from the heat and add the pecans. Toss until completely coated and set aside.
- Place your wheel of brie into a small oven-safe baking dish(l like to use a small cast iron skillet) and place the dish on a baking sheet if needed.
- Scoop the pickled rhubarb out of the pickling brine and place it on top of the brie(I use roughly 1/2 cup) top with the maple pecans, and place in the prepared oven.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until softened. Remove the brie from the oven and allow it to cool for 3-5 minutes.
- Serve with crusty bread, crackers, or pretzels. And enjoy!