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This warm and melty Baked Brie with Mostarda is going to be the star appetizer of your next party!
Back in September, in the middle of apple season, we shared a delicious recipe for mostarda – a fruit compote made with diced fresh apples, dried cranberries and apricots, crystallized ginger, plus the surprising addition of mustard. (You can see the mostarda recipe here – it’s a must-make recipe!)
The sweet and zesty flavors of mostarda are absolutely delicious served with roasted meats – but my new favorite way to enjoy that fantastic fruit concoction is today’s recipe for Baked Brie with Mostarda.
This baked brie recipe is another long-time favorite that I’ve been making for years – although typically we make it with a sweet jam. But the mostarda really transforms this warm, melty, cheesy appetizer into something even more special.
Unlike most other baked brie recipes, our version uses phyllo dough that has been buttered and wrapped around the brie – giving this appetizer a lighter texture than the baked brie recipes made with puff pasty.
Underneath the top layer of phyllo, the mostarda shows through. Then, as you cut into the golden, crispy dough, the melty baked brie and the sweet-savory mostarda mingle together into one delectable bite!
We like to serve our Baked Brie with Mostarda with some hearty crackers – although I will admit to just eating it ‘as-is’ with a spoon! (It’s so good!)
This is a delicious, easy and elegant appetizer that would make a perfect addition to any holiday party!
Note: When making this Baked Brie with Mostarda (or any baked brie recipe for that matter) – the trick is to avoid overheating the brie in the oven. If you bake it for too long, the brie will get too soft and once you slice into it, the melted cheese will run out on your serving tray. We found that baking for fifteen minutes in a 425 degree F oven was the perfect amount of time to heat a one-pound brie round, yielding perfectly melted cheese and golden, flaky crust.
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Baked Brie with Mostarda
6 sheets phyllo dough 14X18 size sheets
1 stick butter, melted
1 lb. round brie
4 tablespoons Mostarda (see recipe here)
Crackers for serving
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Before opening the phyllo dough package, have a clean, dry cloth such as a dishtowel on hand. In order to prevent the phyllo dough from drying out, you will use this dish cloth to cover the phyllo that you are not working with.
Unroll the phyllo dough and lay one sheet of dough onto a large cutting board. With a pastry brush, brush the dough with melted butter. It’s OK if it tears a bit – as you use more layers of phyllo dough, the tears will be covered. Wrap phyllo around the brie (you can use more butter to get the folds to stick to the round of brie like I did.)
Take the next sheet of phyllo dough and brush it with melted butter. Place the wrapped brie fold side down in the center of the phyllo sheet and wrap around the brie. Repeat until you have wrapped 5 sheets of phyllo around the cheese, always turning the cheese over each time so that the folds are on the bottom.
Brush a generous amount of butter on your 6th sheet of phyllo dough. Then spread the mostarda across the top of the cheese. Gently place the phyllo butter side down over the mostarda, being careful not to tear the dough. Finish wrapping the brie with the dough, folding the edges underneath the brie and using additional butter as needed to smooth the phyllo folds around the cheese. Also brush the top of the phyllo being careful not to break the dough.
Place in a round baking pan with low sides, a pie plate or on a cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes in a 425 degree oven or until lightly brown (but no more than 20 minutes). Let sit for 5 minutes before serving with crackers.
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Note: The images shown above are from our other baked brie recipe using jam, but the method is the same when swapping in mostarda.
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