You haven’t been to a party unless you’ve been to a party with a gooey, cheesy, baked brie wheel. With their myriad toppings and ability to pair well with everything from fruit and veggies to carbs and meat, brie wheels are the quintessential appetizer to bust out when you want to impress guests.
However, just because someone invented the wheel doesn’t mean you can’t put your own spin on it once in a while. Whether you have some leftover brie or you just want to gussy up the traditional baked brie you know and love, here are nine appetizer ideas to take that hunk of cheese to the next level.
You can go full-scale tart and slice it up as an appetizer (or main!) or you can make little tartlets that are the perfect party appetizer. Either way melting brie into pie pastry and then topping it with accessories like roasted red peppers or sundried tomatoes is a sure-fire win. Plus it’s completely vegetarian, catering to the herbivores in your life. Try this mushroom brie tart (video above) to get started.
Not feeling soup? There’s an even easier way to enjoy this classic combination: stuff wedges of brie into hollowed-out mushroom caps and bake it all together into little morsels of heaven. Your guests will probably mow down on them faster than you can pump them out.
We love concocting simple canapés for parties, because they’re like little parties of flavour in your mouth. Either slice up a French baguette, drizzle it with olive oil, salt and pepper and then toast it until it’s crisp, or else break out a box of circle toasts. Then, top them with a slice of brie cheese and a small dollop of your favourite jam (we’re fans of fig-and-bacon), and you’re good to go. Want some more inspiration? Check out these crostini with mango and brie.
Who doesn’t love grilled cheese? Especially when it’s a fancier version involving brie and some delicious toppings, like apples or blueberries? Whip up a bunch on some artisanal bread and then cut them into fingers, squares or triangles for a gooey, crowd-approved appetizer that’s ready in minutes. Ready for next-level grilled cheese sandwiches? This chocolate and brie grilled cheese recipe is a favourite.
Okay so “bites” is really key for “vessels that bring as much brie as possible into your mouth.” Whether you have some wonton wrappers, pizza dough, tubbed crescent rolls, puff or filo pastry, stuff your carb of choice with some brie and a topping or two like apples and chicken, bacon and fig jam, blueberries and chocolate or anything else your heart desires. Then bake it up into delicious “bites” and sit back while everyone asks you for your recipe. Looking for more inspiration? Check out this unexpected but delicious brie and grape quesadilla, which can be cut and served.
This one is as close to a brie wheel as you can possibly get, but thanks to mixed-in ingredients you don’t have to deal with toppings that are falling off or cheese that gets gelatinous after sitting out for 10 minutes. Try some simple flavours like garlic or herbes de provence, or get a little more ambitious with a brie-tastic take on your regular old spinach or artichoke dip. Then, be sure to put out plenty of crackers or sliced baguette to soak that goodness all up.
Sliders are the perfect party food—they’re cute, filling and can be customized to a crowd. Whether you’re looking to pass around beef, veggie, chicken or pork, a slice of melted brie on top of that patty is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
Brie-stuffed potato bites
You haven’t had potato skins until you’ve had potato skins stuffed with brie. You can go traditional and stuff yours with toppings like bacon bits and diced green onion (which works well with sweet potato skins, too), or you can veer towards the sweeter side with some jam. Whatever floats your potato-boat loving boat, y’all.
Creamy mushroom soup
Do you know what pairs really well with brie? Mushrooms. Whether you want to hand out soup “shooters” (ie. Shot glasses of soup) to guests or have them dive into a warm bowl as an appetizer at a dinner party, adding some melted brie to the pot gives soup a heavenly richness that will have everyone talking. Probably with their mouths full.
So what are you waiting for? Send out those party invites already, and don’t forget to include us on the guest list.