Baked Brie Cheese with
Buttery Hazelnut Roasted Pecans

We always serve this with bread, crackers and fruit

Baked brie cheese brings sophistication and great taste to any party. It’s fast and very easy to make.

Soft cow cheese named after a French province, brie is available in many different sizes, flavors, strengths and prices.

We use several whole, small brie, with a plain, mild flavor. Brie cheese made in America starts with pasteurized milk and tends to cost less.




Portions/Servings

This recipe will feed 50 people, if you are you are serving other snacks, and/or appetizers, dinners, etc. Read about Party Food Quantities and how to plan for the right amounts.



Baked Brie Cheese Recipe Shopping List for 50 People:

___9 - 4” Brie rounds, individually packaged. We use several small brie, not one big one.

___1 – Pound of butter

___1 – small bottle of Frangelico, hazelnut liqueur


___8 oz - chopped pecans

___8 oz - whole, fancy pecans

___Bread and crackers, one loaf and two boxes.

___2 pounds (or so) of fruit to garnish. We like grapes and raspberries, and maybe a little mint just for fun!




Procedure:

One Day Before the Party:

Use a chopped or processor to chop the pecan pieces.




Take the butter out of the fridge and allow it to soften – it should be spreadable before you begin.

Remove all or most of the brie from their packages. Place each brie on a small, microwavable plate.


TIP: The outer white part of the brie cheese is an edible mold. It has a very distinct flavor which many brie enthusiasts enjoy. We’re serving it the way it comes, so that your guests can enjoy it or cut it away, whichever they choose.





Spread butter on the top of each brie. There should be about 1/4in. of butter in the center of the round, and taper off to the edges.





One brie cheese at a time, carefully coat the buttered surface with the chopped pecans, then place them back on their individual plates.

Now carefully decorate each brie with the fancy, whole pecans.


With your thumb over the top of the open Frangelico bottle, dribble just a few drops of the hazelnut liqueur over the pecans on each brie. Don’t use more than 25% of the bottle – you’ll be adding more later.

Cover each brie plate with film and put into the refrigerator.



On the Day of the Party:

TIP: One reason we’ve used several small brie is because they should be warm when served. Bake and serve them as your guests arrive. (The only take a few minutes.)

Preheat the broiler in your oven, nice and hot.

As needed, remove each brie from the fridge, careful when you remove the film not to disturb the pecans.

Place the brie under the broiler, and set a timer for two minutes. The goal is to brown the pecans - a minute or two should do it. You don’t want them to get blackened, just that beautiful golden brown.

With your thumb over the top of the open Frangelico bottle, add a little more of the hazelnut liqueur over the pecans on each brie. Don’t drown it, flavor it.

Place the brie in your microwave for one minute (no more) on high heat. This will soften the cheese, not cook it.

Notice how the sides of the brie are bowed out. The cheese has partially melted, and fills the mold like a balloon. You want the cheese barely melted. It should feel soft when you gently pinch the sides.





Presentation: Your Eyes Eat First

Use your creativity to plate and present this delicious appetizer.

You can put them on a larger plate and surround them with fruit or other cheeses, or put several brie on one larger platter, and countless other ways.

Be sure to leave an area on the plate for cutting the cheese.



Leftovers:

Once the outer white mold is cut on the brie, it will only last a few days in your refrigerator. If the outer mold is intact, it can last for weeks or longer.

Many people like the taste of the brie cheese but not the mold. One trick we’ve learned is to cut the mold away, then tightly wrapped each around with film. (Chill the cheese before cutting – it’s easier.)

You can freeze the brie like this, and use it later for a pizza topping or in a cheese sauce – any recipe that will heat the once frozen cheese.

Leftover Frangelico? Ah, you know what to do!
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