Related To:

Pronunciation: [BREE]

Acclaimed as one of the world's great cheeses, France's Brie is characterized by an edible, downy white rind and a cream-colored, buttery-soft interior that should "ooze" when at the peak of ripeness. Though several countries (including the United States) make this popular cheese, Brie from France is considered the best and French Brie de Meaux dates back to the 8th century. Bries can be made from either whole, skimmed or partially skimmed cow's milk, which may be raw or pasteurized. Total ripening time can range from 3 to 10 weeks. The flavor of artisan versions can range from rich, sweet and nutty to more pungent and savory. Mass-produced renditions are typically milder, not as rich or complex and remain firm at room temperature. Because Brie must be perfectly ripe for the best flavor, select one that is plump and resilient to the touch; the rind might show patches of beige. See also cheese.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

Brie Recipes & Ideas

See All

Phyllo Wrapped Asparagus and Boursin

Brie and Asparagus in Phyllo

Grilled Apple and Brie Quesadilla with Strawberry Apple Dipping Sauce

Brie with Strawberries on Brioche Crostini

Frittata with Spring Vegetables

Baked Brie with Candied Pecans and Bacon

Prosciutto and Brie Crostini

Brie en Croute

Baked Brie with Almonds and Mango

Baked Brie Bites

Triple Berry Baked Brie

Pastry-Wrapped Brie

French Poodles

Turkey-Brie Baguettes

Baked Brie with Fig Compote

Baked Brie Spanakopita

Honey-Peppercorn Brie Dip

Next Up

Healthy Pregnancy: Foods to Avoid

What can't I eat now? That's one of the first questions that pops into your mind when you find out you're pregnant. Sure, you cut out the alcohol and avoid caffeine, but what about those foods that might have lurking bacteria? Here are some of the foods I skip to cut back the risks.

Go for Lower-Fat Cheese, Sometimes

Hot Tips for cooking with cheese from Food Network Kitchens' Katherine Alford: Lower-fat cheeses like part-skim mozzarella may actually work better than fuller-fat versions on pizza.

It's National Cheese Lover's Day! You Can Eat Cheese as Part of a Healthy Diet

It’s true: You can have your cheese and eat it, too, especially on this national food holiday.

Say "Cheese": Bite Into Big Block of Cheese Day with These Gouda Recipes

Get the details on the White House's Big Block of Cheese Day, and find out how you can celebrate with comforting cheesy recipes.

Open a Beer and Bring on the Cheese

Wine and cheese, the perfect pair? Well, yes, but there’s also beer.

Why We Love Cheese

Happy National Cheese Lover's Day! Find out why we love cheese, and how it can be a part of a healthy diet.

Cheese Basics

Learn about storing, buying and pairing cheese from the cheese experts at Sartori Cheese.

Cheese Melting 101

Geoffrey Zakarian shares his top picks for gooey soups, sandwiches and more.

Strawberries 5 Ways

I love eating fresh strawberries all by themselves, but there many other delicious ways to enjoy them. You’d better hurry and give these 5 recipes a try as these red gems are in season for only a short time.