Baked Brie with Balsamic Onion Jam is an easy appetizer that’s an absolute crowd pleaser! Hot, melted brie cheese is topped with sweet balsamic onion jam and served with crostini!
Why we love this baked brie appetizer
This baked brie with balsamic onion jam is rich and creamy, and simply elegant! The best part is it only takes a couple ingredients and 25 minutes to make! You can never go wrong with melted cheese, either!
Key ingredients for this baked brie recipe
Because of its mild flavor and versatility, brie is the default choice for any fantastic charcuterie or cheese platter. However, it truly shines when paired with something acidic, like balsamic vinegar! That makes this Baked Brie with Balsamic Onion Jam a match made in cheese heaven! I haven’t ever met anyone who doesn’t like an ooey-gooey appetizer like this! No need to remove the rind before baking, either! It is perfectly edible and you actually don’t notice it much after your brie is baked! Just stick it in an oven-safe dish and pop it in the oven!
Any onion will caramelize, so any will do! I chose sweet yellow onions because they tend to caramelize the most readily and be the most versatile in dishes. Slice them about 1/4 inch thick before sauteeing.
Traditional balsamic vinegar comes from the town of Modena in Italy. The process of making it is complex but results in a mild and sweet flavor. Don’t substitute another vinegar here – it won’t be the same!
How do you make Balsamic Onion Jam?
Balsamic onion jam is so easy to make and adds a sweet, rich, caramelized goodness to warm, creamy brie!
After the onions are good and caramelized, which should take about 10-15 minutes, combine the balsamic vinegar and sugar in a small bowl. Stir together with a whisk and add to the onions. You’ll get that nice sizzle from your hot skillet and the balsamic vinegar will bubble up. Cook it until the liquid becomes thickened and syrupy. Remove from the pan and set aside! It’s that easy!
In addition to topping baked brie, this balsamic onion jam is the perfect topping for burgers, sandwiches and so much more!
What kind of onions should I use when making balsamic onion jam?
Any onion will caramelize, so any will do! I chose sweet yellow onions because they tend to caramelize the most readily and be the most versatile in dishes. For this recipe, I used Sunions, which are the first tearless onions! Sunions are grown through an all-natural cross-breeding program to create a sweet, mild onion that won’t make you tear up!
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Place brie round in an oven safe dish and bake for 15 minues.
- While the brie is baking, slice the onions about 1/4″ thick.
- Heat olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan and cook onions over medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring only occasionally
- Combine the balsamic vinegar and sugar in a small bowl. Stir together with a whisk and add to the onions.
- Cook it until the liquid becomes thickened and syrupy. Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Remove brie from the oven when finished and top with balsamic onion jam.
- Serve with bagel chips or crackers