Grilled Brie with Herb Tomato Compote is a melty and delicious cheese accompanied by a herby tomato compote. The perfect simple and delicious appetizer idea for your next occasion.
Grilling season is officially upon us! With so many plans shut-down over this past year or so, it is imperative that we find other ways to enjoy the outdoors. One of the easiest, and best ways to enjoy the outdoors is by simply firing up those barbeque grills!
What does grilled brie cheese taste like?
Brie cheese is a very creamy and smooth type of cheese. When it is warm, its super gooey and almost has a dip-like consistency. If consuming brie cold, it is still very creamy and soft. As far as taste is concerned, it is not too sharp or bitter. It has a very distinct tangy flavor though.
Once the brie is grilled, it takes on a delicious smoky flavor. Taking the extra step to grill it is most definitely worth it too!
Do I have to remove the rind before grilling?
No! Leave the rind on as it helps keep the cheese locked in once it begins to melt. The rind is edible, but if desired, it can be easily removed after it cooks. Or pierce right through it to expose the fondue like interior of the brie.
How to grill the brie cheese:
First, make sure you purchase the whole block of brie cheese. A lot of grocers sell the brie in already cut wedges. These will not work well on the grill because the cheese melts very fast and will make a mess!
After the grill is pre-heated to at least 325 degrees, the whole block of brie is placed directly over the heat. Leave it alone with the lid closed for at least two minutes. Open the lid and use a metal grilling spatula to gently flip the block of brie over.
It is important to be extra careful with flipping it- to ensure you do not pierce the rind on the exterior. Once it is turned over, grill an additional two minutes, and remove it from the grill. It can be served immediately. As the brie sits, it will begin to harden again.
Additional topping ideas for brie:
If you are not a huge fan of tomatoes, here are some alternative ideas to top the grilled brie with:
- A sweet jam- strawberry, blueberry, peach or any fruit jams
- Caramelized onions
- Honey and nut mixtures
- A chutney
What to eat with the grilled brie:
When brie cheese is warmed-up, it becomes very gooey; like a fondue dip type texture. That said, it is recommended to eat the brie with a flatbread, or cracker. For this particular occasion, we grilled up some mini naan pieces of bread. Dip them directly into the melty brie, and top with the tomato compote!
- 1 block Brie cheese
- 1 medium Onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 2 cups Cherry tomatoes
- ¼ cup fresh Basil, chopped
- 1 teaspoon Rosemary, dried
- 1 teaspoon Thyme, dried
- 1 teaspoon Oregano, dried
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Black pepper
- Add olive oil to to a cast iron skillet or any skillet that can be placed directly on the grill. Pour olive oil into the skillet and place the skillet directly over the heat on the grill.
- Place the chopped onions into the grill, and saute them until they are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, and all of the seasonings and basil directly into the skillet.
- Mix well and cook on the grill an additional 5-7 minutes. Tomatoes will become very soft and sauce-like.
- Place the brie cheese directly on the grill. Allow it to cook with lid closed for 2-3 minutes and gently turn it over to the other side. Be extra careful to not pierce the rind on the exterior. Grill an addition 2 minutes and remove.
- Optional: grill bread to serve the cheese and tomatoes with.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 386mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g
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