This Honey Nut Brie Appetizer is super simple and perfect for the holidays or any grazing menu! A wedge of soft brie is topped with toasted pecans, blueberries, golden raisins, and pomegranate seeds and smothered with honey! Best of all, this appetizer takes just 10 minutes to put together and is just a few ingredients! Served with crackers, it's that perfect balance of savory and sweet. Elegant and delicious yet incredibly easy!
Why We Love It!
- It's the perfect elegant holiday appetizer! - Festive and bright, this is the perfect appetizer for the holidays! It's so quick and easy, just 10 minutes to throw together and you can also use it as part of a larger brie cheese charcuterie board, surrounding it with more grazing snacks!
- The flavor is amazing! - The simple combination of fruit and nuts, the sweetness of the honey with salty crackers and that savory creamy brie cheese taste makes for delightful little bites!
- If you love this recipe, be sure to check out my Sweet & Sticky Party Meatballs, a favorite on our New Year's Eve grazing board menu!
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Brie Cheese - Use a wedge, not a round of Brie Cheese, President, La Bonne Vie, Fromager, any brand will work. Most importantly, pull it out of the fridge an hour early and serve brie cheese at room temperature. And yes, the rind is edible!
- Pecans - Toast the pecans briefly in butter with a pinch of salt and allow to cool slightly. This gives you some savory to balance the sweet! You could also substitute walnuts or pistachios.
- Blueberries - I love the combination of the fresh juicy blueberries with the chewy dried fruit. You could also substitute blackberries, but the blueberries are a better bite-size for an appetizer.
- Golden Raisins - Raisins give a nice chewy bite and a hint of sweetness, you could substitute sliced apricots or any dried fruit.
- Pomegranate Seeds - Those little pops of red make this perfect for the holidays! Pomegranate is in season in the winter and delicious in this appetizer!
- Honey - Honey is the glue that holds it all together! Drizzle it over the brie and topping just before serving!
Step 1 - Having the brie at room temperature is the best way to eat it. Let it sit on the counter, still wrapped, an hour before you assemble. Place it on a serving platter, it can also be part of a larger charcuterie cheese board.
Step 2 - In a pan over medium heat, toast the pecans in butter, about 2 minutes, with a pinch of salt to bring out their flavor and provide the "salty" component of the dish. Don't walk away, nuts burn quickly!
Step 3 - While the nuts cool in the pan, add all your topping ingredients to a small bowl, including the nuts and honey and mix. Pile your topping on the brie, top with another drizzle of honey just before your guests arrive, to hold it all together.
Yes! You can make this appetizer anytime the day you will be serving it and store it in the fridge. Place your brie wedge on a serving dish. Toast the nuts and let them cool, then combine the topping in a small bowl. Pile the brie with the topping, then cover and refrigerate. Pull it out to sit on the counter and hour before serving to let it come to room temperature, keep covered. Drizzle with a bit more honey just before serving.
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Honey Nut Brie Appetizer
- 1 wedge brie cheese at room temperature
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- ¼ cup pecans roughly chopped
- pinch kosher salt
- ¼ cup blueberries
- 2 Tablespoons golden raisins
- 2 Tablespoons pomegranate seeds
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- crackers for serving
- Place the brie on a serving platter (remove it from the fridge an hour before serving, wrapped, so it can come to room temperature).
- Over medium heat, melt butter in a fry pan and add pecans and toast for a about 2 minutes, tossing until fragrant, add a pinch of salt. Don't walk away, nuts can burn quickly! Let cool slightly.
- Combine blueberries, raisins, pomegranate, and cooled nuts with the honey in a small bowl and toss with a spoon. Add topping to the brie and drizzle with a bit more honey just before serving to hold it all together.
- Serve with crackers and a small knife for scooping and spreading.
- Serve brie cheese at room temperature for the best flavor and texture.
- Make Ahead Instructions - You can make this appetizer anytime the day you will be serving it and store it in the fridge. Place your brie wedge on a serving dish. Toast the nuts and let them cool, then combine the topping in a small bowl. Pile the brie with the topping, then cover and refrigerate. Pull it out to sit on the counter and hour before serving to let it come to room temperature, keep covered. Drizzle with a bit more honey just before serving.