With the holidays fast approaching, it’s great to have some easy and impressive appetizers in your repertoire. Baked brie is the ideal go-to for a fast, delicious snack you can put together at the last minute—if unexpected guests arrive!
What really puts this appetizer over the top is the olive tapenade. Between California ripe olives and a few simple ingredients, you have the perfect topping for brie! The slight herby/salty flavor from the olives is right at home with the grassy flavor of the brie. Trust us, this won’t last long on the buffet table.
Because this baked brie takes just a bit longer than traditional baked brie recipes, we suggest starting the recipe about 20 minutes before your guests arrive—then you can greet them at the door with a warm bite to get the party started!
Serve this show-stealing appetizer with your favorite crackers or sliced and toasted baguette, and head out to enjoy the party yourself!
Baked Brie with Olive Tapenade
- For the tapenade:
- 3 cups California ripe olives, mix of black and green, drained
- 3 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley
- 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- For the brie:
- 1 (7-ounce) wheel of brie
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat leaf parsley, for serving
- Crackers or toasted bread, for serving
Make the tapenade:
Measure all of the ingredients for the tapenade into a food processor. Pulse until all ingredients are well combined but are still a bit chunky. Alternatively, if you do not own a food processor, chop the olives and herbs well and place in a bowl along with remaining ingredients.
Bake the brie:
Preheat your oven to 350 ̊F. Place the wheel of brie in a baking dish and spoon the tapenade over the top. Drizzle two tablespoons of olive oil on top. Transfer the dish to the oven and bake for 15 minutes. The brie should feel soft when pressed and the olives should be warm. Be careful not to bake so long that the brie loses it shape and truly melts.
Top and serve the brie:
Finish the baked brie with a sprinkle of fresh parsley and serve with your favorite crackers or toasted bread.