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Baked Lemon Pistachio Brie Recipe

I often talk about my mother teaching me so much in the kitchen, but mom was a simple home cook. Food was very comforting, stripped down (yes, vegetables overcooked), and very basic. But very good.

Baked Lemon Pistachio Brie Recipe

This Baked Lemon Pistachio Brie Recipe today is super yummy, if you’re looking for a new appetizer! Have you tried Trader Joe’s sweetened dried lemon slices? Oh, my!

Baked Lemon Pistachio Brie Recipe

Years later, I was wracking my brain to remember who taught me more “gourmet” aspects of cooking. It was hard to come up with the names, because food was segregated into comfort, basic, and on the tip of gourmet. As a young woman in my 20’s I’d have to say it was my friends, Roger and Faye. Roger was a doctor that I worked for for many years (a nephrologist), and Faye, his wife, a kindergarten teacher.

Slow cooking

Both of them loved to be in the kitchen, cooking food “slow” and adding lots of herbs – and love! Roger loved the science of cooking meat, and Faye loved to tell the story. Both friends are to this day still very precious to me.

Baked Lemon Pistachio Brie Recipe

Simple cook with gourmet touch

The other person came into my life when I was a young mommy. Michelle, having 5 kids of her own, always had a baby on the hip, and her other hand preparing food, stirring, setting the table, or something related to hospitality. What I loved about Michelle was that she was a simple cook, but with a gourmet touch. She taught me to stop–smell and taste–and to always add a garnish. I became a fabulous salad maker, copying many of Michelle’s amazing salads.

Baked Lemon Pistachio Brie Recipe

How to bake brie

This week we had a couple over for a glass of wine. I had all the ingredients in the fridge and cupboard to make this recipe today, Baked Lemon Pistachio Brie Recipe.

Baked Lemon Pistachio Brie Recipe

Start with brie on parchment paper. Take a knife and cut off the top of the brie.

Baked Lemon Pistachio Brie Recipe

How to prepare lemon brie

  1. Fill with lemon curd, pistachios, and fresh rosemary.
  2. I usually drizzle a tiny bit of honey on top, but you can go without.
  3. Bake and serve with your favorite crackers!

Oh, and thanks for the “garnish” reminder, Michelle!

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Baked Lemon Pistachio Brie Recipe


  • 1 small, 8-12 ounce round of brie
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1/3 cup lemon curd
  • 2 Tbsp. honey, optional
  • Fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • Sweetened Dried Lemon Slices, I buy at Trader Joe's
  • Thinly sliced baguette, for serving, or favorite crackers (we love Lesley Stowe Raincoast Crisps
  • Cranberry and Hazelnut Crackers)


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place brie round on an ovenproof serving dish. I like to lay parchment paper down on a baking sheet.
  • Slice the top of the brie round off, cutting inward to make a bowl. Remove the “lid.”
  • Fill the bowl with the lemon curd and 1/2 cup of pistachios. Sprinkle with 1/2 the finely chopped fresh thyme. Place the lid on top, pushing down. (It’s okay if a little bit falls to the side). Drizzle with honey (optional). Sprinkle with the remaining pistachios and chopped thyme.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese inside the rind is melted and bubbly.
  • Serve hot with your favorite crackers or baguette bread slices.


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More brie recipes: Blackberry Thyme Baked Brie En Croute [Country Cleaver], Chocolate Covered Strawberry Baked Brie [Wine and Glue], Apple Pecan Pie Baked Brie [Crazy for Crust], Cranberry Orange Relish Brie Appetizer [RE], and Brie Stuffed Cranberry Turkey Burgers [RE].

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