Garlic Butter Baked Brie Rounds

Baked brie wheel with garlic and thyme This French dish is a sinfully delicious appetizer and best served when you have a lot of people over to help spread the calories around. People won't believe how simple it is to...

Baked brie wheel with garlic and thyme
Baked brie wheel with garlic and thyme

This French dish is a sinfully delicious appetizer and best served when you have a lot of people over to help spread the calories around. People won't believe how simple it is to make, because it tastes so good-- all you'll be left with at the end is the cheese rind and some garlic butter.  It does use a lot of garlic, but if everyone at the party has the same breath, I promise you no one will notice.   It is best served with a brut sparkling wine or champagne and good friends.

Garlic Butter Baked Brie Rounds

Brie
Brie

  • 1/2 a pound of butter (2 sticks), chilled
  • The cloves 1-2 heads of garlic, peeled
  • 2 x 16 ounce Brie Wheels, unwrapped.
  • 2-3 long french baguettes, sliced in 1/2" coins

Tip: Add herbs like thyme, basil or rosemary for a more flavorful dish

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a 13 x 9 inch glass casserole dish, place the brie wheels side by side.   Scatter the peeled garlic cloves around the brie wheels.
  3.  Dice the butter into approximately 1" chunks and scatter around the brie wheels as well.  Cover the dish tightly with foil. If you are using herbs sprinkle them on top of the dish. This time I will be using thyme.
  4. Once the oven is hot, place the dish in the center of the oven and allow to bake approximately 30 minutes, until the garlic is cooked through and the cheese is melted.  The cheese will puff up as it bakes, which is normal. You can poke the center of the cheese with a sharp knife to check if it's done. It is melted through when the cheese inside appears bubbly and soft instead of firm.
  5. Serve with the sliced baguette immediately.

You can either portion the garlic butter and cheese out in small serving dishes, or allow everyone to dip their bread in cheese and garlic from the main serving dish, which leads to a more laid-back casual dining experience. If serving from the main dish, just slit the top of each cheese wheel before taking it to the table to allow better access to the bubbly cheese inside.

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