A soft and creamy centerpiece for an epic charcuterie board, or serve alone for a small gathering, this Cranberry Pistachio Brie Appetizer.

Cranberry Pistachio Brie Appetizer

Are you ready to start the Christmas season off with a bang? If yes (hand raised, too!), then you’ll love this simple festive dish to serve: Cranberry Pistachio Brie Appetizer. Grab the secret ingredient below!

Cranberry Pistachio Brie Appetizer

If you have leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving, then this recipe is for you! You can also use any jam, jelly, or preserves. In fact, I have another favorite holiday appetizer, Marmalade Pistachio Brie Mini Tartlets, that are super yummy!

Brie with Cranberries ingredients

Here are the simple ingredients. Can you guess what the secret ingredient is? (Not listed in the video).

  • Round of Brie
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Pistachio nuts
  • Orange zest (unless you use Trader Joe’s Orange Cranberry Sauce)
  • Favorite crackers

The flavor of orange!

Bite of Cranberry Pistachio Brie Appetizer

How to make brie cheese

I always keep brie in my fridge. It’s my go-to appetizer when I’m in a pinch (it only takes about 10 minutes to bake). I always have some kind of jelly or chutney, and even by itself, you can always drizzle with honey and toasted nuts!

Easy Cranberry Pistachio Brie Appetizer

My method is super easy. In fact, you can try Baked Marmalade Brie or Baked Lemon Pistachio Brie Recipe where there’s an actual video to watch, how I cut the top off of the brie.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper. This makes serving and clean-up a cinch!

Cut rind off the top of the Brie, sliding the knife in and down (to form a cone, or lid). Remove the lid.

How to make Cranberry Pistachio Brie Appetizer

Instructions for baking brie

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Slice rind off the top of the Brie, sliding the knife in and down (to form a cone, or lid). Set the lid aside.
  3. Spoon 1/2 of the cranberry sauce over the center of the Brie. Place the lid back on top, pushing down.
  4. Spoon cranberry sauce over the center of the Brie. Place the lid back on top, pressing down.
  5. Spread the remaining cranberry sauce on top; sprinkle with pistachio nuts.

Bake for 10 minutes until bubbly and hot.

Serve with your favorite crackers on a round board. Grab all of my BIG BOARDS, here. There are 7 epic sizes!

Easy Cranberry Pistachio Brie Appetizer

How to eat brie cheese

Everyone serves and eats brie differently. I say … just dig in!

If you’re at a big party, put a slice on your plate. If it’s really gooey (like mine turned out), use a spoon.

It’s up to you if you want to eat the rind or not. I particularly love the rind! It’s okay to leave the rind on your plate though.

If you’re at a smaller party, you can set it out and just let everyone dig in and scoop up the brie with crackers, bread, or fruit slices.

Best Cranberry Pistachio Brie Appetizer

We recently enjoyed this brie appetizer for an early evening bite before we walked to the lodge with great friends. Where we live, every year there is a “grand illumination” where a massive amount of Christmas lights are turned on, with festivities like Santa visiting, carollers, food, and a great fireworks show. It’s a super fun festivitiy that starts the season off with a lot of beauty and joy!

More delicious appetizers:

Warm Cheesey Crack Dip [Real Housemoms]

Goat Cheese, Honey Crisp Apples, Honey, Rosemary Thins [RE]

Pine Cone Cheese Ball Appetizer with Almonds [Living Locurto].

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Cranberry Pistachio Brie Appetizer

Ingredients

  • 1 Round of Brie
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce
  • 3/4 cup pistachio nuts
  • Orange zest, optional if you use Trader Joe's orange cranberry sauce
  • Favorite crackers

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Slice rind off the top of the Brie, sliding the knife in and down (to form a cone, or lid). Set the lid aside.
  • Spoon 1/2 of the cranberry sauce over the center of the Brie. Add some orange zest. Place the lid back on top, pushing down.
  • Spread the remaining cranberry sauce on top; sprinkle with pistachio nuts.
  • Bake for 10 minutes until bubbly and hot. Serve with your favorite crackers, bread, or sliced fruit.

Video

Notes

Originally posted NOVEMBER 2018
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Cranberry Pistachio Brie Appetizer Recipe

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