We can all agree that baked brie is the epitome of decadence. It’s a special occasion kind of appetizer fit for a holiday table.
But you might be wondering:
What to serve with baked brie?
After all, something about that buttery, gooey interior calls for robust flavor combinations!
Well, you can choose a bold flavor, but you can also play with an interesting texture to go with the melty cheese or offer a contrasting temperature experience.
Whatever you choose, the end result is always a show-stopping crowd pleaser!
So let’s dive in to discover 13 creative side dishes for baked brie that are always guaranteed to turn heads.
Some of these suggestions are more elaborate than others, but they’ll all compliment the rich funkiness of brie pretty well.
What Goes With Baked Brie? 13 Creative Brie Sides for Your Next Get-together
I put together a list of sides that can bring out the baked brie flavor, while not overshadowing the main attraction.
So here we go:
1. Homemade Sourdough Baguette
There’s nothing that goes better with warm, melty cheese than a hearty, chewy baguette.
This particular recipe makes use of a sourdough starter, which gives it a more complex flavor.
If you haven’t tried sourdough yet, it’s a bread that doesn’t utilize traditional yeast for leavening.
It’s made using the natural bacterial and yeast cultures found in the area around you.
It gets better:
You can make it over and over again!
Once you make your own sourdough starter, keep feeding it so you have an endless supply of homemade, delicious bread whenever you want!
2. Refreshing Peach Watermelon Salad
Watermelon salads are usually served with salty, crumbly feta.
And I understand the appeal of the contrasting flavors.
But this feta-free watermelon salad can go perfectly with baked brie if you give it a shot.
Here, you’re not just playing with the salty vs. sweet, you also have the cooling effect of the peaches, cucumbers, and watermelon against the richness of the baked brie.
3. Easy No-Roll Quinoa Crackers
Seed crackers were all the rage at a certain point in the foodie community, and seriously, I get it.
There’s something freeing about knowing you’re snacking on something that has loads of nutritional value.
This recipe is also gluten-free, which makes it perfect for anyone with gluten sensitivity.
However, this doesn’t have to make it a “health food” in the derogatory sense.
As for this recipe, I want you to just imagine salty, crispy crackers.
They just happen to be made of superfoods like quinoa, chia seeds, and sunflower seeds (also known as pepitas).
It doesn’t get better than that!
4. Aromatic Italian Herb Roasted Chicken
I love everything about this recipe, especially how juicy and flavorful it makes a boring chicken breast.
If I were making this for a regular dinner, I would cut the breasts in half as the recipe says.
However, for our baked brie board purposes (try saying that three times fast!) I suggest you leave the breasts whole.
Just score them shallowly with a knife, and leave them in the oven until the internal temp registers 165 degrees F.
5. Tangy Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze
If you want a little something special with your cheese and baguette, why not try this bruschetta with balsamic glaze?
It’s salty, sweet, and wonderfully tangy. And thanks to the temperature contrast, it’ll make your baked brie stand out even more.
I personally enjoy the bruschetta more when it’s had some time to sit and soften the crunchy baguette.
However, if you’re not a fan of the soggy bread, feel free to whip up the topping ahead of time and put it on the bread right before serving.
6. Delicious Dried Fruit & Nut Loaf Cake
You know that baked brie pairs exceptionally well with dried fruit and nuts, so it’s only logical to combine the two in this delicious loaf cake.
The great thing about this is that it makes the eating experience a lot easier instead of maneuvering little bites with everything on them.
Just cut the loaf into small, bite-size pieces, and serve alongside the baked brie.
I personally enjoy the texture of this loaf cake so much.
It’s crunchy from the nuts and chewy from the dried fruit, and it only gets better with the melted, salty brie on top.
7. Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Crostini
I don’t care what anyone says:
Caramelized onions are not a gimmick!
Some people go on about how they’re not worth the effort. However, it’s almost magical how with some time, patience, and a lot of stirring, hard, pungent onions turn into delicious, jammy, caramelized ribbons.
This crostini recipe makes the onions shine through.
But don’t worry about them stealing the spotlight; they play excellent second fiddle to the funky, buttery brie.
8. Herb-and-Garlic Marinated Olives
Marinated olives are a classic addition to any cheese board for a reason; they’re what I call “an appetizer’s appetizer.”
In this case, something that gets your taste buds ready for the baked brie.
This recipe for herb and garlic marinated olives gives them a deeper, more complex flavor than just being salty and briny.
Olives have a strong flavor, but they play nice with garlic and woody herbs like thyme and rosemary.
Feel free to omit the parmesan from the recipe.
The baked brie is plenty cheesy enough!
9. Grapes, Persimmons, and Sweet Cherries
This is a suggestion for the fresh fruit part of the cheese board, based on what I enjoy flavor and texture-wise.
Grapes are a traditional choice because the sweet and sour bursts they provide are wonderful palate cleansers between bites.
Persimmons are just amazing when in season. They have a silky, jammy quality when super ripe, and a nice tangy bite when slightly underripe.
As for the sweet cherries, they’re as delicious as they are visually appealing, and we do eat with our eyes!
10. Fruit Preserves or Chutneys
There has to be some kind of fruit preserves or homemade chutney on the board.
Cheese and jam are a wonderful pairing outright. But when the cheese is melty, gooey, and rich like baked brie is, you have to provide some tart, fruity sweetness.
My absolute favorite is cranberry jam or sauce.
Besides being a holiday staple paired with turkey and gravy, cranberry and brie are a match made in heaven. Add a few shavings of orange zest and you’ll understand how made-for-each-other they are.
11. A Selection of Italian Deli Meats
Charcuterie and cheese boards are made for each other, that much is common knowledge.
However, I want you to expand your knowledge on Italian deli meats because They. Are. Awesome.
Don’t be afraid of trying out things like guanciale and speck.
They might turn out to be your go-to side dish for baked brie!
12. Classic Water Crackers
This is a cheese board classic and the perfect delivery system for decadent baked brie.
These are an essential you can find in any supermarket, but I suggest you try your hand at making them at home.
There’s something that hits differently about them!
13. Chewy Garlic Knots
Did you know that these Italian restaurant/pizzeria staples are just delicious with baked brie as well?
I’m here to spread the good news…and the melting cheese all over the buttery garlic knots!
Knowing what to serve with baked brie will make your dinner parties a lot more fun.
These delicious baked brie sides are guaranteed to make your guests hungry for more.
Just gather the elements of your baked brie board and watch as you win “host of the year!”
What to Serve with Baked Brie: 13 Ways to Enjoy
- Sourdough Baguette
- Peach Watermelon Salad
- Quinoa Crackers
- Roasted Chicken
- Balsamic Glaze
- Nut Loaf Cake
- Caramelized Onion
- Marinated Olives
- Grapes, Persimmons, and Sweet Cherries
- Fruit Preserves
- Italian Deli Meats
- Water Crackers
- Garlic Knots
- Choose your desired baked brie side dish recipe
- Gather and organize needed ingredients.
- Create a tasty baked brie side recipe to complete your meal!