Baked Brie in Its Own Box is the easiest app ever. Do you need a simple, last-minute holiday hors d’oeuvres? How about a recipe with only one ingredient? (One that doesn’t require Philly’s familiar grey and blue box due to The Great Cream Cheese Shortage. Lawd, people have lost their minds!) You won’t believe how simple this recipe is — all you need is a wheel of brie or camembert and an oven. No pastry, pie crust, or hollowing out a round of bread. Nope, not a bit. And, you can serve it with vegetables or fruit, not solely crackers or bread so you can have cheesy melty goodness and feel a little healthier about your dipping, too. Read on for how to make the easiest app ever.
Camembert vs. Brie
What cheese do you want to use for this cheesy goodness? Camembert and Brie are moist, soft, creamy, surface-ripened cow’s milk cheese with a bloomy rind. Both are named for the areas in France where the respected cheeses are produced. The flavor profiles of both kinds of cheese are very similar. Each is typically described as tasting earthy, nutty, fruity, and grassy. Both also have an umami undertone that is almost mushroom-like in flavor. The flavor variations are subtle, but Brie is milder with a creamy, buttery taste, while Camembert is more earthy with more intense flavors and aromas. Either Camembert or Brie will work for “Baked Brie.”
How to Bake Brie
Many baked brie recipes are wrapped in some kind of pastry, but not this one! It’s all about the cheese. In this “recipe” either cheese will do, the key is that you want to find a wheel of cheese that is packaged in a wooden container, preferably stapled, not glued. (The heat of the oven will melt the glue.) The only gooey goodness you want in your baked brie is cheese, not glue.
Baked Brie or Camembert is super easy as is, but you can also drizzle with a little wine or brandy, sprinkle with herbs or spices, and drizzle over fruit preserves. I keep it simple and just melt the cheese. This is a pretty indulgent nibble that’s high in fat and calories, so I make sure to serve it with fruit and vegetables such as sliced apples, grapes, and baby carrots.
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Baked Brie in Its Own Box
- 1 8 ounce wheel brie or camembert
- sliced fruit grapes, crackers, and baguette for serving
- Heat the oven to 375°. Set the box of cheese in a baking dish and bake, uncovered, until just melted, about 15 minutes. Slice off the top rind and serve immediately with crackers and fruit.
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