Christmas Brie

Christmas Brie is one of our favorites. This festive cheese with Rosemary, Bacon, Pecans, Cranberries, and Honey is a decadent and flavorful appetizer that embodies the festive spirit of the holiday season. This dish combines the creamy richness of Brie cheese with the savory crunch of bacon, the tartness of cranberries, the aromatic touch of rosemary, and the sweet drizzle of honey. The result is a harmonious blend of textures and flavors that will undoubtedly impress your guests.

To create this delightful appetizer, a wheel of Brie is typically baked until it becomes soft and gooey. The addition of crispy bacon adds a savory and smoky element, providing a delightful contrast to the creamy cheese. The cranberries contribute a burst of tartness, creating a perfect balance of flavors.

Rosemary, with its earthy and pine-like aroma, adds a touch of freshness and herbaceousness to the dish. The fragrant rosemary needles not only infuse the Brie with flavor but also enhance the overall presentation.

To bring a touch of sweetness, honey is generously drizzled over the top. The honey not only complements the richness of the Brie but also ties all the flavors together, creating a mouthwatering experience.

This appetizer is not only delicious but also visually stunning, making it an excellent addition to holiday gatherings and festive occasions. Whether served as the centerpiece of a charcuterie board (as we have it here) or as a prelude to a holiday meal, Holiday Brie with Rosemary, Bacon, Cranberries, and Honey is sure to be a crowd-pleaser that captures the essence of the season.

Recipe for Christmas Brie

1 large brie cheese
5  tablespoons honey
1/4  cup sweetened dried cranberries
2 crispy candied bacon slices (recipe below)
1/3 cup pecans
3 sprigs rosemary

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place brie in middle oven rack on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Drizzle honey over brie. Bake for appx 8 minutes until cheese softens and begins to melt. While brie is in the oven, rough chop pecans and candied bacon.

Remove the melting brie from oven and transfer to a serving plate. . Top with dried cranberries and chopped pecans and candied bacon. Garnish with rosemary.

Serve immediately on a charcuterie board with crackers and sliced fruit.

Recipe for Candied Bacon (From Food Network)
(This recipe is for a pack of bacon. Believe me, you will want them all!)

12 slices bacon, about 1/4-inch thick
Finely ground black pepper
1/3 cup light brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Put bacon slices in a bowl, season them with pepper and toss with the brown sugar. Cover a baking sheet with parchment or foil and arrange the bacon in a single layer on top. Sprinkle any sugar left in the bowl over the bacon. Top with another layer of parchment or foil and top it, squarely, with another baking sheet. The baking sheet will flatten the bacon as it cooks.

Place the tray in the center of the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Check the bacon by lifting the top tray and parchment. If it is not golden brown and fairly crispy, resist the temptation to turn up the oven temperature, and cook it for 10 to 15 minutes longer. Check it again. Keep in mind that when you remove the tray and transfer the bacon to a serving platter or individual plates, the bacon will “crisp” up a little more. Be patient!