This Grilled Brie with a Cranberry Jalapeno Relish is the perfect way to start off your holiday meal this year. It’s the most delectable appetizer, and I can guarantee it won’t last long.
Brie is a soft and utterly delectable cow’s milk cheese that originated in Brie, France. There are a variety of ways to eat and enjoy Brie, including eating it by the slice, eating the rind (yes, you can totally eat the rind!), and enjoying it baked, grilled, and smoked. I’m happy to eat my brie pretty much any way it’s available (especially on top of my favorite crackers), but grilled brie is the ultimate way to enjoy brie.
If you’ve ever cooked brie on the grill, you know how amazing it can be. It basically takes baked brie up a serious notch. The cheese gets buttery and melty, and you just can’t help but dive in with cracker after cracker overflowing with the ooey gooey goodness.
Grilled Brie Appetizer
The inspiration for this particular brie appetizer comes from one of my favorite cheese and cracker appetizers. I love cream cheese and pepper jelly appetizers. The combination of smooth cream cheese with sweet and spicy jalapeno jelly is simply to die for. Stick it on top of a crunchy cracker, and there’s a little bit of appetizer magic right there.
As much as I love the cream cheese, pepper jelly combo, I thought we’d up the ante for this recipe by using grilled brie instead of cream cheese. I also created a cranberry jalapeno relish instead of the classic jelly for this cheese to give it some much-needed texture with a whole lot of flavor. The results were incredible, and this brie lasted mere minutes once it came off the grill. Even friends who claimed they didn’t like brie couldn’t keep their hands off this appetizer. Talk about a major win!
Tips for Making Grilled Brie
Grilled brie is super easy. I mean, you basically stick it on the grill and wait for it to melt. Despite this, I’ve compiled some handy tips to make sure your brie is fully cooked and tastes amazing.
- Grill fresh. I recommend using fresh brie, and grilling it right after you get it home from the store so it is good and mellow. The longer brie is left the funkier it gets. And while that might be the goal for some other recipes, or if you’re preparing a charcuterie board, this recipe tastes best when it’s new and fresh.
- Use a pan that you can grill on. I used a cast iron skillet for this brie that can be used for grilling as well as serving the final product. Simply add the jelly to the top and crackers around the outside, and you’re set. I also consider it a huge bonus that there are less dishes to do after the party ends.
- Use a sharp knife. Prior to grilling the brie, you need to cut the top rind off the top of the cheese while leaving the sides and bottom. By cutting off the top you can see if the cheese melted all the way through while it’s on the grill. I recommend using a sharp knife to get the job done quick and painless.
More Grilled Appetizers
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Grilled Brie Recipe
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- 1 8-12 oz brie wheel
Cranberry Jalapeno Relish
- 1 12-oz package fresh cranberries
- 5 green onions
- 2 whole jalapenos (seeded and diced)
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- Place the brie wheel in a small (9") cast iron skillet. Use a sharp knife to remove the top rind of the brie.
- Preheat your grill to 400 degrees F.
- Either finely chop all ingredients for the cranberry jalapeno relish or combine all ingredients in a food processor and lightly chop, leaving small chunks in the relish. Set aside.
- Place the chopped ingredients for the cranberry jalapeno relish in a small saucepan and cook over low-medium heat for 10-12 minutes until the cranberries begin to cook down.
- Place the skillet of brie on the grill and cook for 10 minutes, or until the brie is bubbly, melted, and cooked through.
- Remove the brie from the grill, top with the cranberry relish, and serve hot with a side of your favorite crackers.