Brie is known as “The Queen of Cheeses,” and if you’ve ever experienced its velvety richness paired with warm, crusty bread, you know why. This soft French cheese has a mild, buttery taste, which makes it very versatile. From simple to sophisticated, here are some ideas for how to serve brie.

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Simple Cheese Plate

Set a wedge of brie on a pretty serving tray. Arrange crackers to one side of the cheese, and a small handful of grapes on the vine to the other. Place a small knife on the tray so people can serve themselves.

Cheesy Bread and Soup

Spread brie on toasted olive bread to accompany hot minestrone or beef stew.

Fruit-and-Nut Brie With French Bread

Pile walnut halves on top of a small wheel of brie and sprinkle honey on top. Serve with hot French bread. This can also be done with cranberries and pecans or any other fruit and nut combination you like.

Phyllo-Wrapped Brie With Caramelized Onion and Cranberry

Wrap a wheel of brie in phyllo dough and top it with caramelized onions and dried cranberries. Bake it in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve cheese on crisp, thick water crackers—a perfect snack on a cold night, with a smooth red wine and dark chocolate.

Roast Beef and Brie Sandwiches

Cut a long French baguette in half, lengthwise. Spread creamed horseradish on the bottom half. Pile shaved roast beef and thinly sliced onions on top. Smooth softened brie over the top half, close the sandwich, and slice it into little finger sandwiches.

Sun-Dried Tomato and Black Olive Pasta

Peel the rind off a wedge of brie and slice the cheese into small pieces. Toss the cheese with hot pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, and black olives for a quick lunch.


  • Brie tastes best at room temperature.
  • Do not soften brie in the microwave—it melts faster than you think.

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