Appetizers are an important part of the holiday season.
When you're sitting around drinking bubbles and singing Christmas carols or opening presents, it's just not the same without something warm and cheesy to nibble on.
Brie is not the most loved cheese (there are people who find it slightly stinky)...
But when you bake it into an ooey-gooey mess, you'll be hard-pressed to find someone who can resist a taste (or two, or three—or eleven).
And it only gets better when you top it with homemade blackberry and apple jam, candied pecans, and pomegranate seeds!
Because although we can all agree that melty cheese is ridiculously good, when you combine it with slightly tart jam and crunchy pecans, you will NEED a second, third—and eleventh!—helping!
And let’s be honest, it’s darn cute.
It’s a present in itself!
Baked Brie with Blackberry Apple Jam
servings: 1 brie wheel with about 1¾ cups jam, serves 8 to 10
Blackberry Apple Jam:
- 2 cups blackberries, halved
- 2 medium green apples, peeled + chopped into ½-inch dice
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 brie cheese wheel (16 ounces), rind on
- 1½ cups Blackberry Apple Jam
- ½ cup whole blackberries
- 1 medium green apple, sliced
- ¼ cup coarsely chopped candied pecans
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
Blackberry Apple Jam:
- In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the blackberries, apples, maple syrup, and vinegar. Bring this mixture to a boil, then a simmer, stirring occasionally, until all of the fruit is purple and has broken down; the liquid should be absorbed and the mixture thick and jam-like—10 to 15 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cut the top rind off the brie wheel and discard it. Place the brie wheel in a small, round, oven-proof dish, then place the dish on a baking sheet and cook until the cheese is melty—10 to 12 minutes.
- Remove the baked brie from the oven and top it with the Blackberry Apple Jam, blackberries, apple slices, pecans, pomegranate seeds, and thyme leaves.
- As the brie is eaten, there will be less jam at the bottom. Feel free to add the remaining ¼ cup of jam (the amount remaining after putting the 1½ cups of jam on top of the baked brie) to the bottom bit of the brie to increase the jam-to-brie ratio.