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Baked Brie en Croute with Caramelized Onions and Jam

Baked Brie en Croute with Caramelized Onions and Jam

Baked brie en croute is such a delicious holiday appetizer but when you add caramelized onions and jam or preserves, you elevate it to spectacular! The buttery and nutty flavors of the brie are accompanied by the sweet and savory from the onions and fruit jam to create a delectable taste experience.

A baked brie en croute surrounded by mixed fruit and crackers.
Baked brie appetizer


This recipe has been a staple at our Thanksgiving gathering every year for about 14 years. It is by far my aunt Lynn’s favorite hors d’oeuvre. I have to laugh at the big smile on her face when the baked brie en croute is set on the table!

What does en Croute mean?

En Croute is a fancy way to say that something is baked in a pastry crust. There is just something exciting about cutting into a brie en croute, and all that delicious cheese starts spilling out! It is really something that dreams are made of! Believe me when I say that this recipe makes it easy to make your cheesy dreams come true!

What makes this special?

This is really easy to make. Using store bought puff pastry, means there is no fussing with making dough. Of course, if you like to fuss then you certainly can use your own puff pastry. But if you are like me and looking for any shortcut to make life easier during the holidays, then go with the store-bought pastry.

Then I add a layer of tender onions that have been caramelized to a golden brown. This adds an essence of savory to the brie and coupled with the sweetness of the jam makes for an amazing burst of flavor.

Lastly is the crunch from a layer is chopped pecans.

Puff pastry dough, a wheel of brie, apples, pears, pecans, jam and sliced onions.
Ingredients for Baked Brie en Croute with Caramelized Onions and Jam

Ingredients

You will need a sheet of puff pastry, your favorite preserve or jam, onions, sugar, pecans and an egg. In place of crackers I use apple and pear slices for serving it on.

How to make this appetizer

  • Caramelize the onions with the sugar.
  • Roll the puff pastry to 1/4″ thick.
  • Place the brie in the center of the puff pastry, spread the jam on the brie, then layer the onions and pecans on top.
  • Fold the puff pastry over the brie to completely cover it and brush with the beaten egg.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
Brie sitting on a sheet of puff pastry and loaded with jam, caramelized onions and chopped pecans.
Brie on puff pastry loaded with preserves, caramelized onions and pecans

What do you serve Baked brie en Croute with?

There are any number of things that work well with this recipe. You want to serve something that you can use to scoop put the melty cheese and goodies. My favorite vehicles are slices of apples or pears, crackers, or slices of baguette.

FAQ’s About baking brie

Do you have to remove the rind on brie?

The rind is edible, so there is no need to remove it. I don’t remove it. When the brie bakes the rind will soften and it is easy to cut through. The earthy flavor also mellows quite a bit.

What do you bake the brie on?

I recommend baking this on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper so that the pastry does not stick to the pan. This also makes it easy to get a spatula under the brie to transfer to a serving plate.

How do you fold the pastry over the brie?

There is no need to get fancy about the pastry. The thing to remember is that you want to completely encase the brie. Place the wheel of cheese in the center of the pastry dough and start with one corner of the dough. Pull it up and on to the top of the cheese. Continue moving around the wheel overlapping the dough on the top of the cheese. You can fold the dough in as you bring it up as if you are wrapping a package.Brie encased in puff pastry which has an egg wash on it.

How do you know when it is done?

The brie is baked at 400 ° for about 20-30 minutes. When the puff pastry is a nice golden brown, the cheese will be melted and ready to eat. Just keep on eye on it so that it does not get too dark

Can the Brie be prepared ahead?

The brie can be assembled a day ahead and wrapped in plastic wrap. Do not add the egg wash until you are ready to bake it. Follow the baking instructions in the recipe.

Should you let the brie cool down before serving?

The brie will be very hot when you take it out of the oven. Giving it 5 minutes to rest before you cut into it is fine, but brie tastes best when it is warm so serve it soon after you take it out of the oven.

Need more recipes for great appetizers. Give one of these a try:

Spinach Phyllo Triangles

Smoked Gouda Stuffed Mushrooms

Easy Gorgonzola and Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta

Golden baked brie surrounded by fruit and crackers is cut open and melted cheese is pouring out.

Baked Brie en Croute with Caramelized Onions and Jam

The all time favorite holiday appetizer gets elevated to spectacular when it is topped with preserves, caramelized onions and pecans. Store bought puff pastry makes this especially easy to make.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 299 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • Onions thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 8 oz Puff Pastry 1 Sheet, store bought
  • 16.9 oz Brie medium, round
  • 3 tbsp Preserves or jam Berry, Apricot, apple
  • 3 tbsp Pecans chopped
  • 1 Egg beaten

Instructions
 

Caramelized Onions

  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onions and sugar. Cook stirring often for about 5 minutes or until the onions are golden brown and soft. Remove from heat and set aside.

Assemble Brie

  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  • Using a rolling pin roll the puff pastry to 1/4" thick.
  • Place the brie in the center of the puff pastry and top with jam, then onions and then nuts.
  • Fold the puff pastry over the brie making sure to completely cover the cheese and toppings. Brush with beaten egg and bake for 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.
  • Serve with sliced fruit, crackers or bread.

Nutrition

Serving: 12servingsCalories: 299kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 11gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 322mgPotassium: 112mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 316IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Baked Brie, holiday appetizer, appetizer, puff pastry, preserves, nuts caramelized onions
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