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Cranberry Pomegranate Baked Brie

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Cranberry pomegranate baked brie with lightly toasted pecans and fresh rosemary – the ultimate festive, delicious, and easy holiday appetizer!

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A large wheel of brie baked in a cast-iron skillet, topped with cranberry pomegranate sauce, pecans, and fresh rosemary.

I honestly don’t think there’s a lot I can add beyond the basic description of what’s happening here: warm, melty baked brie. A delectably sweet-tart sauce made up of juicy cranberries, pomegranate juice, and pomegranate seeds. (Which I believe are packed with antioxidants and other very good for you things, right? So this appetizer is cancer-fighting, too!)

Add some pecans for crunch, a little fresh rosemary for garnish, and all the crackers or other brie-delivery vehicles your heart desires, and you, my friend, are in party food heaven.

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A large wheel of brie baked in a cast-iron skillet, topped with cranberry pomegranate sauce, pecans, and fresh rosemary.

That said, I will freely confess that I did not make or eat this for a party. We didn’t even share with anyone else. (Oh, the gall!) My husband and I ate it by ourselves. For dinner! And I regret nothing.

The other phenomenal thing about this appetizer is how low-maintenance it is. The only part that requires any attention whatsoever is preparing the sauce, and even that is basically just a matter of stirring ingredients together. Plus, the sauce can easily be made several days in advance, so all you would need to do before guests arrive is plop the brie on your baking dish, bake, spoon over some sauce, garnish, and dig in!

Close-up of a wedge of cranberry pomegranate baked brie with a cracker scooping out warm, melted cheese.

Brie Rind: To Keep or To Cut?

After spending far too much time reading about this on the Internet – there are really quite an outrageous number of websites devoted to the ideal manner of eating brie, especially if you search in both English and French – I came to the following earth-shattering conclusion: it really doesn’t matter.

The thick, white rind is completely edible, and, predictably, keeps the brie tidy as it bakes, restricting all the melted goodness to the interior, at least until the moment you decide to cut in.

But, if you don’t personally like the rind, and don’t care to simply eat around it, you can slice off the top before baking. This would be easiest when the brie is very cold. And, for reasons that may be obvious, don’t remove the sides of the wheel – unless you want melted cheese to run everywhere!

A large wheel of brie baked in a cast-iron skillet, topped with cranberry pomegranate sauce, pecans, and fresh rosemary, with a wedge partially removed.

How to get the seeds (aerils) out of pomegranate?

Now my last tip – how to get the seeds out of pomegranate! I have, I admit, always been intimidated by pomegranate. I think we cracked one open in school once, talked about what a mess they can be, and I was scared off!

But this post from The Café Sucre Farine changed all that. The de-seeding technique they describe is so simple, and worked like a charm. Now I want to add pomegranate to all the things, all winter long!

Partially-melted baked brie spilling out into a cast-iron skillet.

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But back to the main event here. This simple cranberry pomegranate baked brie checks so many boxes – impressive, pretty, delicious, and easy to make for a crowd.

Now what are you waiting for? Grab a cracker and dig in before all this good stuff melts away! Enjoy! ♥

A large wheel of brie baked in a cast-iron skillet, topped with cranberry pomegranate sauce, pecans, and fresh rosemary.

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Cranberry Pomegranate Baked Brie

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Yield 8-10 servings

Cranberry pomegranate baked brie with lightly toasted pecans and fresh rosemary is the ultimate festive, delicious, and easy holiday appetizer!

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate aerils
  • 8 ounce wheel of brie
  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • honey, for drizzling
  • fresh rosemary, for garnish
  • crackers, for serving

Instructions

  1. To make the sauce, combine cranberries, pomegranate juice, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Cook for 5-10 minutes, until most of the cranberries pop and the mixture thickens slightly. Taste and add more sugar, if desired. 
  2. Stir in the pomegranate aerils, then set sauce aside to cool.
  3. To assemble, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Place the wheel of brie on a cast-iron skillet or oven-proof serving dish. Bake for about 7 minutes, just until the cheese softens.
  4. Remove brie from the oven and top with a drizzle of honey and generous spoonfuls of the cranberry pomegranate sauce. Sprinkle pecans over the sauce and around the wheel, as desired.
  5. Return everything to the oven for 2-3 minutes. Remove and garnish with rosemary, if desired. Serve warm with crackers.

Notes

The sauce can be made 3-4 days in advance, if desired, then stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Although you may very well have more sauce than you care to initially put on the brie, it makes a lovely accompaniment to put on the side. It’s also a delicious cranberry sauce on its own!

Calorie estimate is based on dividing this into 10 servings, and does not include crackers or other brie-delivery vessels.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

Calories 250

% Daily Value

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Adapted from Kitchen Confidante

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20 Comments

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    Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire
    December 19, 2017 at 3:05 am

    Brie is one of my favorite cheeses ever. I would usually eat it in a sandwich and never actually had it baked and warm until recently. I am so hooked and now can’t get enough. I love how easy that sauce is and can’t wait to try this for dinner hehehe

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      Monica
      December 21, 2017 at 2:24 am

      Hi Amanda! We are in reverse – I’ve actually never tried brie in a sandwich! Great idea, though – I will have to try that ASAP. And I hope you enjoy this baked version as much as we did!

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    Sara
    December 18, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Baked brie has been on my list forEVER! I love the combination here, and your photos are stunning! Can’t wait to try this!

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      Monica
      December 21, 2017 at 2:26 am

      Thank you so much, Sara, I really appreciate that!

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    Christine - Jar Of Lemons
    December 18, 2017 at 1:03 am

    I’ve ALWAYS wanted to make baked brie, but never have. It’s so delicious and perfect for holiday parties right now! Definitely going to have to try this recipe 🙂

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    Jessica (Swanky Recipes)
    December 17, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    This recipe has all my favorite fall flavors packed in. I’ve been meaning to make a cranberry brie with toasted pecans but just haven’t had an occasion to serve it for. I think it will be a hit at this weekends holiday party!

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    Lois. O
    December 17, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Brie is one of those cheeses that I have struggled to love. Since I am African, I did not grow up eating stinky cheese, but I think I will give it a shot again with this recipe since I love cranberries so much. Thanks for sharing!

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    Saima Zaidi
    December 17, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Ooh! What a lovely appetizer! I’m drooling! And that link on how to deseed pomegranates was priceless. Thank so much!

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    prasanna hede
    December 17, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    This looks perfectly entertaining and perfect for a party. Sounds yum!

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    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    December 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Very Pretty! Perfect for the Holiday parties. It sounds delicious — I love cheese and especially brie. I can imagine warm and melting and scooping it onto a crostini. YUM!

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    Elena
    December 16, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    I’ve done a very similar recipe recently and I loved it! Baked brie is so good with tart cranberry-based sauces and crunchy nuts! Yum!

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    Helene
    December 16, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    I seriously need to try brie with cranberry. It’s something so unusual as we are used to just brie with bread and a glass of red wine. It does look exciting too!

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    Julia
    December 15, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I love the combination of cranberries and pomegranate. So vibrant and flavourful. Sweet an Tart. And just perfect with salty and melty brie. And the photos are beautiful!

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    Sara
    December 15, 2017 at 1:31 am

    This looks entirely too good! Perfect for a party!

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    Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    December 11, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    I have never made baked brie before, but someone always makes it at our place for New Years Eve. This combo sounds so unique, I love it!

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    Heather LeGuilloux
    December 10, 2017 at 2:42 am

    I love everything about this! I have bookmarked it for later so I can recreate this appetizer for a holiday gathering. Now I just need to find the perfect crackers to go with this gooey-delight.

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    Sarah
    December 10, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Now see although I rationally know I should make this for friends I kinda want to eat it all by myself! Looks and sounds delicious!

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    Liz
    December 9, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    What a delicious baked brie! This one would be perfect for the holiday because it looks so festive!

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    Deanna
    December 9, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    YUM! This perfect for entertaining!!

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    Lisa
    December 9, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    I’m all over this for the holidays! It’s the perfect appetizer.

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