Baked Brie with Cranberry-Pecan-Bacon Crumble

This easy melted cheese dip is a crowd-pleaser, so you might want to double the recipe to have a backup ready! Feel free to change up the[ dried fruit-cherries, raisins, dates and figs would all work nicely.]

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
20 min
10 min
45 min

6 servings

  • 4 strips bacon
  • 2 tablespoons candied pecans or walnuts, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries, finely chopped
  • 6 dried apricots, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • One 7- to 8-ounce round high-quality Brie, preferably from France
  • Sliced baguette, crackers and apple and/or pear slices, for serving
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lay the bacon in a large skillet, then cook over medium heat until golden and crisp, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Drain the bacon on paper towels, let cool, then finely chop.

  • Combine the bacon, pecans, cranberries, apricots, rosemary, vinegar, pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper in a small bowl.

  • Remove the Brie from its packaging. Cut off the top rind of the round of Brie, leaving a 1/4-inch border around the edges (use a sharp knife and go in from above at a slight angle). Discard the rind you have removed. Put the Brie in a small baking dish. Top with some of the cranberry-pecan-bacon crumble, and scatter the rest around the Brie. Cover the dish with foil, and bake until the cheese is warm and gooey, 30 to 35 minutes.

  • Serve with bread, crackers and apple and/or pear slices for dipping.

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