What Is Brie?
Brie is a type of cheese that originates from France. This cheese is usually made from cow milk, but there are also goat milk varieties of this cheese available. Brie is made in a round cheese wheel, is a creamy white color on the inside, and has a white rind. It is named after the northern region in France, Brie, where it originated. Today, Brie is a very popular cheese and can be found all over the world.
What Does Brie Taste like?
Brie has a mild flavor, with nutty and buttery notes.
How Can You Eat Brie?
Brie can be eaten in a variety of ways, both hot and at room temperature. Brie melts very nicely and can be added to sandwiches, pasta, sauces, and pizzas. It is also commonly served at room temperature on cheese plates and is paired with fruits, nuts, and bread.
Where Can You Buy Brie?
You can find Brie in most supermarkets, near the other specialty cheeses. Brie is usually sold in entire wheels or in smaller wedges.
How Do You Store Brie?
Store Brie cheese in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. For better flavor and texture, let the cheese sit at room temperature for at least an hour before eating. To store, wrap Brie in its original packaging, plastic wrap, or aluminum foil. Store any leftover Brie cheese in the refrigerator for two weeks and in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Fun Fact About Brie:
Brie’s nickname is “the queen of cheeses.”
Did You Know?
The white rind of brie cheese is a mold that grows on the outside of the cheese. The rind is considered a delicacy in Europe, and eating it is encouraged!
Recipes Using Brie
Brie Stuffed Mushrooms
Remove the stem from baby Portobello mushrooms, wash, and pat dry. Place the mushrooms on a large baking sheet, coat the mushrooms with olive oil and season them with salt and pepper. With each mushroom cap facing down, add a small cube of brie cheese and top with bread crumbs, parsley, and olive oil. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender and the cheese is melted. Serve these as an appetizer or a snack.
Honey Baked Brie
Try this sweet and cheesy brie dip to serve with bread or vegetables. Cut the top rind from a wheel of brie and top with honey and turbinado sugar. Place the brie on a baking dish and put it under the broiler for 1 minute or until the sugar and honey caramelize.
Brie, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip
Make a homemade version of this restaurant appetizer in less than 20 minutes. In a skillet, sauté garlic and spinach until soft. Then, add chopped artichoke hearts and cubed brie and allow the cheese to melt. Place the mixture in a baking dish and bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until the dip is bubbly. Serve with raw veggies like cauliflower, or with sliced pieces of bread.
Baked Brie with Fig Jam
Place a wheel of brie on a sheet pan or baking dish, and top with fig jam, orange zest, and pecans. Bake the brie at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.
Bake a whole wheel of Brie cheese in a cast-iron skillet at 350 degrees for twenty-five minutes. In a separate bowl, combine cooked spaghetti, minced garlic, parsley, chili flakes, and olive oil. When the cheese comes out of the oven, stir the pasta in the cheese wheel to coat the noodles in melted cheese. Top with grated parmesan, chili flakes, and serve! Substitute the spaghetti for other pasta like linguine or fettuccine.