Honey Baked Brie with Seasoned Pretzels (EASY CHRISTMAS APPETIZER) | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest You guys.

I might just turn into a wheel of brie by the time the week is over. I am so about the brie wheel. It’s kind of my favorite thing to serve over the holidays, it’s just so easy. I have yet to meet a person who does not LOVE brie.

I always make this blue cheese appetizer (either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day…haven’t decided yet for this year). But let’s be real, I feel like half the people love blue cheese and the other half hate it. Brie though? Everyone loves brie. It’s not a smelly cheese or a moldy cheese, it’s just a buttery, ooey, gooey, delicious cheese.

Clearly I get a little excited when discussing brie.

It’s just too good… and when paired with baked seasoned pretzels? Seriously, who needs dinner when you have an appetizer like this?

Not me, but then I think we all know I could live on cheese, fruit and veggies. <–Truth.

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Anyway, let’s chat a little.

Are some of you guys off work this week? Are you preparing for house guests? Like what’s your deal??

My family is all here….all nineteen of us. Yes, nine flippin teen. All in one house, with only five bedrooms… and a loft with 2 queen mattresses. Extra mattresses are kind of our thing, we have more downstairs too. As for me, I finally have my own house, and my own bed, and my own bathroom, so I am feeling pretty dang happy. At least I am not bunking up with my eldest brother Creighton. He arrived in full form…apparently he had a pretty good time traveling with my uncle and all my cuz’s from Cleveland.

But I’m also happy that I am not so far away that I won’t get to see everyone. Being next door neighbors with your family isn’t all that bad. Or well, I mean it has its good…and occasionally it’s bad.

I’m predicting my week to be on the very crazy side. I am going to attempt mixing work into family time…which means, basically a whole lot of cooking, photo editing, writing and um most definitely cocktail making. Which by the way, if you’re looking for any holiday cocktails, check out this Punch, this Sangria, these Margaritas and these Moscow Mules.

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Ok, back to the Honey Baked Brie because I’m really just dying to gush about it.

For the millionth time already, this brie is SO good and the seasoned pretzels are the ultimate companion for dipping into it. I highly, HIGHLY recommend making this brie once (or maybe even twice) over the next few days. It’s a hit and it couldn’t be easier.

I added grated garlic, honey, pepper, thyme and a tiny drizzle of olive oil to this brie. Baked it to golden perfection and then… done. The pretzels are simply a mix of seasoned salt, worcheshire sauce, sesame seeds and well, butter…of course. I think my cousin Abby may be rolling her eyes at me right now, but even she can’t deny that these pretzels are the best. Actually my little brother Red really did declare these pretzels “THE BEST”, and you guys, he never likes anything I make, so I take this a “whoop, whoop” double fist pump!

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Since it’s Christmas, and since I’m a sucker for a good appetizer, I made a little brie board. Besides the honey baked brie and seasoned pretzels, I also added pomegranates (obviously), citrus, persimmons, prosciutto, pepperoni, honeycomb and dark chocolate. Yup, dark chocolate! It’s kind of delicious with brie. If you haven’t tried it, you really must! <–DO IT.

You can of course serve this with whatever you like, but the most important items are the brie and pretzels. Trust me, if you make this everyone will be begging you for the recipe. But shh, no one has to know how easy it is to throw together!

Actually everything I have planned for this week are all easy, last-minute holiday recipes. And they’re all gonna be so good. Oh, and tomorrow is chocolatey. YESSS.

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The Recipe

Caramelized Garlic Honey Baked Brie with Seasoned Pretzels (EASY CHRISTMAS APPETIZER).

*If you or some of your guests do not like garlic, you may leave the garlic out completely. The brie will still be delicious with the honey and thyme!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 0 SERVES 4-6

Ingredients

Seasoned Baked Pretzels

  • 1 ounce Bag Pretzels 16
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Caramelized Garlic Honey Baked Brie

  • 1 ounce wheel of brie 8
  • 1-2 cloves garlic grated on a fine microplane*
  • 1-2 tablespoon honey
  • pepper for sprinkling
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • fresh fruits (I used pomegranate persimmons + citrus), dried meats, prosciutto, dark chocolate and honey, for serving (OPTIONAL)

Instructions

Seasoned Baked Pretzels

  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients. Toss well and make sure the pretzels get evenly coated in the butter + seasonings.
  2. Spread the pretzels out in an even layer on the 2 baking sheets. Bake for 25-30 minutes turning them halfway through cooking. You want the pretzels to be golden brown. Allow the pretzels to sit on the baking sheet until cooled and dry, about 20 minutes. Store the pretzels in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks.

Caramelized Garlic Honey Baked Brie

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Unwrap the brie and place it in a baking dish. Cut the brie on top in a crosshatch pattern. Rub the garlic over top of the brie. Drizzle the brie with the honey and rub the honey into the brie. Sprinkle with pepper. Take a sprig of thyme, strip away the leaves and sprinkle over the brie. Drizzle the brie lightly with olive oil.
  3. Loosely cover the brie with foil, bake for 10 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes or until the top of the brie is golden. WATCH CLOSELY. You don't want to burn the garlic! Serve warm with the seasoned pretzels.
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The ultimate cheese pull… GIMME that!

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