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This easy Pineapple Pecan Baked Brie recipe is one of my favorite appetizer ideas! With festive flavors and only a handful of ingredients this hot, cheesy appetizer is perfect for the holidays. Ooey gooey, melty cheese topped with caramelized pineapple and pecans – what’s not to love?
Disclaimer: This recipe was developed through a sponsored partnership with Dole Packaged Foods. As always, all opinions are my own.
My Favorite Baked Brie Recipe
Baked brie is one of those things that sounds fancy and a bit intimidating. I know that before I figured out how to make it myself I only got to enjoy this creamy, cheesy appetizer at restaurants. But guys, it turns out that baked brie is easy to make! Everyone will be impressed and think you’re a culinary genius, but secretly you’ll know it was hardly any effort. That’s my kind of appetizer!
The pineapple pecan topping takes literally minutes to make and the brie is only in the oven a short while. You can easily manage this while making it for a party. I love making baked brie for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years. There is usually so much going on with all of the other recipes I’m making that a simple appetizer everyone will love is exactly what’s needed. If you are looking for even more ways to make baked brie, I recommend checking out this Baked Brie with Honey and Nuts, or this Caramelized Apple Pecan Baked Brie!
What You’ll Need
You’ll be happy to know that this easy appetizer only needs a few ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card below for specific amounts.
- Brie cheese – Make sure you use a wheel of brie, not a wedge.
- Pecans – Chop them up or buy them pre-chopped.
- Dole Pineapple Tidbits
- Brown sugar – Light or dark brown sugar work.
- Pineapple juice – Just reserve some of the juice from the pineapple tidbits
- Kosher salt
- Ground ginger
- Accompaniments: crackers, sliced baguette, apple slices , etc. for serving
Do I Need to Remove the Rind?
The rind of brie cheese is edible, so you don’t need to remove it. In fact, leaving it on makes it easier for the warmed cheese to hold its shape, especially once the toppings are added. Leaving the rind on also lets you enjoy the sight of all the melty cheese bursting out when you cut into the brie. Guests love this for holiday parties!
How to Make Pineapple Pecan Baked Baked Brie
- Using a small paring knife, score the top rind about a half inch from the edge and place it in the oven.
- While it is in the oven, prepare the topping.
- First, drain a can of Dole Pineapple Tidbits in 100% Juice and reserve the juice.
- Then you start by simply toasting pecans in a pan. Add pineapple, brown sugar, a bit of ground ginger, and some of the reserved pineapple juice. Cook until it thickens and everything is nicely glazed.
- Once the Brie is nice and oozy, you can just peel off the top rind and top it with the caramelized pineapple and pecans.
As soon as you take the brie out of the oven, you’ll want to put it right onto your serving plate. Immediately top it with the glazed pineapple and pecan mixture. If you think you will need to keep it warm a little longer, you can even bake it in a glass pie plate or some other oven-safe platter or dish and keep it right on the warm dish. Then just surround it with all of your dipping options.
- Crackers. The most common thing to use for scooping up the cheese and topping are crackers. I prefer to use a sturdier cracker so it doesn’t crumble with the toppings.
- Bread. You can also slice baguette, and even toast it if that is what you prefer. You may want to put a small spreader with the Brie to scoop and spread it on the bread.
- Sliced Fruit and Veggies. For a gluten free option, apple or pear slices or even carrot sticks also work nicely.
Why I Love Dole Packaged Foods
I am proud to be partnering with Dole Packaged Foods to create recipes featuring their highest quality, GMO-free fruits and veggies. I love Dole Pineapple Tidbits in 100% Juice for adding something sweet and juicy to my holiday dishes. And since the fruit is packed in 100% juice, I know that I’m adding an ingredient I can feel good about!
All throughout the year I keep Dole products in my pantry or freezer to have on hand to add to everything. I use it in meals and snacks like Pineapple Coconut Energy Balls, plus appetizers and desserts like Gluten Free Pineapple Upside Down Cake for Two. You’ll also often find them in #BugsLunchbox. I am thrilled to share ways to use their products to make it easy to get more fruits and veggies in your diet in a no-fuss way. Find out more about their products by following Dole Sunshine on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Is Baked Brie Gluten Free?
In the past, concerns were that Brie might not be due to the mold spores used to make Brie being grown on wheat or rye. However, scientists have done more testing recently. Results show Brie to have undetectable levels of gluten regardless of the source of the mold spores. As always, I caution that if you have a severe sensitivity or are unsure, you should consult a doctor or avoid it altogether.
While some recipes do call for wrapping Brie in phyllo or another type of dough that does contain gluten, this recipe has no other gluten-containing ingredients. So it is gluten-free. Just be sure to enjoy it with fruit slices, carrot sticks, or gluten-free crackers.
What other holiday appetizers with Dole Pineapple Tidbits?
- Everybody loves a cheese ball for the holidays, and this Pineapple Ham Cheese Ball is especially festive.
- Instead of serving Pineapple Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs over rice for dinner, put them in a bowl or on a platter with toothpicks.
- Scoop some Tropical Chicken Salad on top of crackers or crostini, or into little phyllo cups. You can even make tea sandwiches.
- Family and friends will devour Bacon Wrapped Chicken Teriyaki Bites from Mom on Timeout.
- Get your chips ready for this Zesty Pineapple Salsa from Dole Sunshine.
If your friends and family love sweet and savory or ooey and gooey, then this is the appetizer for them. With juicy pineapple and crunchy pecans caramelized with a bit of ginger and piled on top of a wheel of melted Brie cheese, I guarantee they will be weak in the knees. There are so few ingredients and quick and easy preparation. So this is the perfect appetizer recipe to add to any party menu. It is simple and sure to impress!
Pineapple Pecan Baked Brie
- 8 oz. round of Brie cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup Dole Pineapple Tidbits in 100& Pineapple Juice, drained and juice reserved
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoon reserved pineapple juice
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- crackers, sliced baguette, apple slices , etc. for serving
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Place brie round on baking sheet. With a sharp knife, cut into the rind on the top of the brie about a quarter inch from the edge. Do not remove the rind. Bake 15 minutes, or until cheese is soft and melted.
- Heat a small saute pan over medium heat and add the pecans, toasting until they slightly brown and give off a nutty aroma.
- Add the pineapple, brown sugar, pineapple juice, salt, and ginger to the nuts and stir to coat.
- Let it bubble until thickened and the pineapples and pecans are glazed.
- Remove the Brie from the oven and place on a serving plate. Peel the rind from the top of the Brie and pour the pineapple pecan mixture over the top of the Brie.
- Serve with crackers, sliced baguette, apple slices, etc. for dipping
This was the best appetizer at a small New Year’s Eve gathering (6 people). There wasn’t any left to bring home. It was easy to make and so delicious. I’m glad I brought the recipe with me so the other 2 gals could have it!
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