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Candied Bacon Baked Brie

This Candied Bacon Baked Brie recipe is the perfect appetizer for the holidays! Gooey baked brie is topped with sweet and salty candied baconIt's a reader favorite!

This Candied Bacon Baked Brie cheese is one of the easiest appetizers for the holidays! With cheese boards and charcuterie boards becoming popular, so is baked brie.

A photo of melted brie cheese on a cracker

When you think of baked brie, you probably think of brie en croute! It's a classic, retro appetizer that I love to make (check out this cute Halloween Baked Brie en Croute) but I don't always have phyllo dough or puff pastry to make wrapped brie.

"This was probably the most delicious thing I've ever made!" 

Hannah, Pinterest User
A photo of candied bacon baked brie

When this is the case, I turn instead to delicious toppings! I first published this baked brie recipe, and then I dreamed up a version with quick candied bacon. It's a showstopper, a reader favorite and perfect party food. When it's a super special occasion, I take it to the next level with this melty brie recipe!

A photo of candied bacon baked brie on a baking sheet

I love this easy appetizer recipe because the creamy texture and richness of the cheese pairs so well with the sweet, salty and savory candied bacon topping! It's a match made in heaven.

I think this is the best appetizer for the holidays! We usually serve it as a Thanksgiving appetizer, but it's appropriate for any special occasion.

"Every year a goner in 10 minutes! So good. #bestappetizers"

Jamie, Pinterest User
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Frequently Asked Questions

Should I remove the rind?

No, the bloomy rind should not be removed, it's what keeps the brie in! if you don't like the taste of it, you can use a sharp knife to shave a bit of the top and bottom off of the brie wheel, and then eat around it once baked.

A photo of the finished recipe

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

This elegant appetizer can be prepped ahead of time. Just make the candied bacon topping and store it in the fridge. Bake the cheese right before

A photo of candied bacon baked brie with crackers

What should I bake this on?

You can choose to bake this on a baking sheet or sheet pan, but I would recommend lining it with aluminum foil for easy cleanup.

You can also use a small ceramic dish, I have also used a pie plate. The benefit of using a smaller ceramic dish is that you won't need to transfer the baked brie to a serving platter.

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What to serve with Baked Brie

You have so many options to serve with this cheesy appetizer that either help to scoop up the melty cheese OR add complimentary flavor to this dish!

A photo of candied bacon being made in a skillet

I like to serve it with an assortment of:

  • Crusty bread
  • Your favorite crackers
  • Your favorite jam (I like fig jam or apricot jam)
  • A drizzle of honey
  • Dried cranberries
  • Walnuts, pecans or pine nuts
  • Caramelized onions

This baked brie pairs beautifully with wine! I prefer a dry, light red like a Pinot Noir or an old vine Red Zinfandel.

A photo of candied bacon baked brie on a cracker

Other Holiday Appetizers that I Recommend:

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If you have leftovers, consider using them as the cheese on these Cranberry Turkey Sliders. It is divine!

A photo of baked brie topped with candied bacon

Candied Bacon Baked Brie

Yield: Serves 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

Gooey baked brie topped with quick candied bacon. The perfect easy appetizer recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 8-ounce brie wheel or wedge of brie

For the bacon topping:

  • ½ pound hickory smoked bacon, uncooked, diced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • pinch of fresh thyme, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large skillet, add diced bacon. Cook for 10-15 minutes until just barely crispy, stirring frequently.
  3. Drain grease from skillet. Return bacon to hot skillet, add brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, maple syrup, black pepper and optional cayenne and/or thyme.
  4. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until bubbly, stirring frequently.
  5. Line a baking tray or small ceramic dish with aluminum foil, then lightly spray foil with cooking spray.
  6. Add brie to baking tray, then top with candied bacon mixture.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until brie is starting to become gooey inside but not runny.
  8. Allow to rest for about 10 minutes before digging in.
  9. Use a sharp knife to cut into brie and serve warm with crackers.

Notes

Bacon topping will be hard and crunchy, like hard candy.

If you'd like the bacon topping to be soft, bake then brie, THEN add the topping directly from the skillet and serve.

If you do not have rice wine vinegar, substitute white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 259

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Rachel

Friday 17th of December 2021

I always use this candied bacon and Brie recipe for those little phyllo cups. Cut the Brie to fit in and top with bacon. Always a hit. Sometimes I use balsamic instead of rice vinegar. Perfect recipe for baked Brie!!!

Michelle Goth

Monday 20th of December 2021

You're a genius! I actually have some of those little phyllo cups in the freezer right now. I think I might do this for Christmas Eve instead of making the normal brie wheel like I usually do. Thanks for the idea!

ELAINE GORDON

Wednesday 25th of August 2021

Looks so good. I can't wait to make it.

Michelle Goth

Thursday 26th of August 2021

You will love it!

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Stephanie

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

Am I able to make the candied bacon the night before and reheat it and top the brie the next day?

Michelle Goth

Monday 30th of November 2020

Hi Stephanie- I think that could work. The candied bacon will likely harden so you'll definitely want to heat it up and may need to add a bit of extra liquid to loosen it back up!

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