This Baked Brie recipe, topped with juicy honey-balsamic roasted strawberries, has been sponsored by California Giant Berry Farms. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.
New year, new berry recipes! I’m excited to share my first recipe in my second year of partnership with California Giant Berry Farms today.
With spring officially upon us Easter just around the corner, this Roasted Strawberry Baked Brie recipe makes it easy to entertain elegantly and deliciously. Baked Brie has always been one of my favorite things to make for guests, and it’s even better topped with berries.
Who could resist creamy melty Brie, topped with syrupy, sweet-tart strawberries? (I know I can’t!) This recipe is a showstopper addition to your spring appetizers repertoire, and great for a brunch buffet.
Entertaining with California Giant Berries
Cal Giant’s berries are a great fit for every lifestyle and occasion. In 2018, our partnership will center on an entertaining theme. We’ll be exploring ways to incorporate fresh berries into gorgeous recipes that will wow your family and friends at any gathering. So fun!
If you’ve been a longtime Striped Spatula reader, you know that when I team up with a brand, it is one that I genuinely love and use in my kitchen. California Giant Berry Farms is a company that I’ve known to be synonymous with quality berries for years.
The “Giant” in Cal Giant is no exaggeration. Just look at those strawberries! Their gorgeous fruit is known for its large size and great taste–you’ll know a Cal Giant berry at the market when you see it, even before reading the label. All of their crops are grown without GMO’s, and their flavor and size are owed entirely to nature.
Honey-Balsamic Roasted Strawberries
With their large size and sweet flavor, Cal Giant’s strawberries roast beautifully. Baked strawberries have a deeper flavor than when they’re raw, and a softer texture that just begs to mingle with warm cheese.
Tossed with honey and a splash of white balsamic vinegar, the berries will release some of their juices as they roast and create a wonderful syrup to spoon over the Brie. I like to use white balsamic vinegar in this recipe for its lighter, fruitier flavor, and to preserve the vibrant color of the released juices. You can substitute classic balsamic here, but your syrup will be a bit darker.
For the best flavor and presentation of this baked brie recipe, it’s important not to over-roast the berries. When serving with cheese, I bake the strawberries for less time than I would for, say, an ice cream or pound cake topping. You want the berries to be soft, but not roasted to the point where they lose their shape.
I like to add fresh mint and chopped pistachios to the strawberries after they’ve roasted. Mint is such a fragrant herb that pairs beautifully with fruit; especially berries.
My friends and family love the contrast of crunchy chopped nuts with the creamy cheese and tender strawberries. I’ve always thought pistachios were made for complementing spring flavors, but your favorite type of nut can be substituted here; I’ve also made this baked brie recipe with walnuts and pecans.
Planning a Spring Brunch Menu with Berries
If you’re anything like me, you’ll find any reason indulge in the sweet-savory (and often bubbly) tradition of brunch. If I could brunch multiple times a week, I would! Luckily, the spring season presents us with so many opportunities to host a memorable brunch gathering, from Easter to Mother’s Day, bridal showers, and leisurely weekends with friends.
In addition to cooking with berries, I also like to style my spring table with them. How better to adorn a brunch than with bowls or baskets of vibrant, ripe strawberries? They make a beautiful centerpiece on a dining table, or to anchor a buffet.
Have fun being creative with your berries and use them to set the scene for a fresh, memorable, and delicious gathering this spring, and beyond. Happy Brunching!
More Fresh Strawberry Recipes for Entertaining
- Strawberry Basil Soda
- Strawberry Balsamic Salsa
- Lemon Cream Mixed Berry Tart
- Baked Croissant French Toast with Berries
Baked Brie Recipe with Roasted Strawberries
- 14 ounce wheel of Brie (5-inch diameter)
- 3/4 pound California Giant Berry Farms Strawberries
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1-1/2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper (optional)
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped unsalted pistachios
- crackers, crostini, or sliced baguette , for serving
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Clean strawberries and remove tops. Cut large strawberries into quarters and small strawberries in half.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together honey, balsamic vinegar, and black pepper (if using). Add strawberries and toss to combine. Pour onto a parchment-lined, rimmed baking sheet, or into a baking dish.
- Roast 12-15 minutes, until strawberries are tender but still retain their shape. Remove from oven and transfer strawberries and pooled syrup to a bowl to cool slightly. (Syrup will thicken as it cools.)
- Place Brie in a clean baking dish or on a second parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until cheese is soft and warm, but not melting out of the rind.
- While Brie is baking, fold mint and pistachios into the strawberries. Top warm Brie with roasted strawberry mixture. Serve with assorted crackers, crostini, or sliced baguette.