Apricot, Almond, and Thyme Grilled Brie is elevating your grilling game this summer! This easy grilled appetizer recipe is creamy, loaded with texture on top (hello, almond slices!), and a drizzle of honey and fresh thyme make it extra scrumptious!
WEEEE’REEEE BAAAACCCKKK!!!! Said in my best Oprah impression voice there is.
Ok, so no, I was never officially “gone” but I had a little posting hiatus as we finished up the kitchen remodel (reveal coming soon!), and as I continued to move all the kitchen things, and now as I finish the soon-to-be office/studio/extra room. Maybe you’ve heard about such things via my Instagram stories already?
Which means so many exciting things are happening! And while I’ve been testing so many recipes that I cannot wait to share with you, it’s been a slow transition as everything is finalized with LIFE. You feel me?
I know you do, because we’re all in this crazy weird time, move or no move, renovation or no reno, and sometimes it’s just getting by day by day with what we’ve got.
All that being said, I’m so excited to be finally posting the grilled brie appetizer that will change the rest of your summer. Are you ready for it? Of course you are, you smart one, you.
You’ll love this recipe if you:
- Love super simple recipes.
- Love cheese (especially creamy, warm, melty cheese).
- Love not turning on the stove/oven/anything that emits heat inside the house and…
- Love grilling.
- Love appetizers that take your dinner to the absolute next level with very minimal effort.
I could really go on and on and on about why you’ll love this recipe, but I think it’s about time you experience it for yourself.
How to Grill Brie
Have you had baked brie before?
Brie can be baked in puff pastry or in a little baker. As it heats up, it results in a luxuriously creamy cheese that’s buttery, and salty, tangy, creamy, and incredible.
Now, what about grilling? The same thing happens when you grill this luxurious cheese, but the rind develops a more pronounced texture and the presentation is out of this world.
Not to mention, it’s super easy and super quick.
A few words to the wise: be sure to lightly oil the exterior of the brie wheel. This helps prevent the brie from sticking to the grill grates and ensures you’re able to flip it without any issues.
Will the brie split open while it cooks? The frustrating answer is: maybe.
The fool proof way to prevent the brie rind from cracking and oozing some cheese out is to wrap it in foil, however, this obviously means there won’t be any grill marks. It’s up to you which is more important.
To prevent any sort of tears in the rind, I use a solid metal turner and try to flip as quickly and gently as possible (in other words, not smacking it down as I would normally likely do when flipping on the grill 😂).
The Almond, Thyme, Honey Topping
If you think the grilled brie is epic (and I assure you, it is), the topping is just as good.
To make it easy, this recipe uses apricot jam on top of the grilled brie (could you make your own? absolutely!).
Then goes the almond, thyme, honey goodness that tops it all off! I mean, grilled brie with honey…a must do.
This little foil packet of almond slices, fresh thyme, and butter roasts on the top rack of the grill and results in a crunchy, flavor-packed topping.
Drizzle on the honey and let the sweetness commence!
But don’t forget (!!!) the grilled baguette slices!
Toss ’em in a little olive oil, grill them up, and have crostini ready to be the ultimate grilled brie vehicle.
You can absolutely serve it with simple baguette slices or crackers, too.
So go, my sweet foodie friends, and enjoy this easy grilled appetizer with a lovely glass of chilled wine under the sunshine.
More easy cheesy appetizer recipes:
- Whipped Ricotta
- Roasted Grape Crostini
- Pesto Tomato Burrata Dip
- Blackberry Burrata Mint Crostini
- Cheesy Pepper Jelly Wonton Cups
Apricot, Almond, and Thyme Grilled Brie
- 1/4 cup almond slices
- 1/2 TBSP fresh thyme leaves
- 1 TBSP butter cubed
- Salt to taste
- 2 tsp honey
- 8 oz. Brie wheel
- 1 TBSP neutral oil of choice
- 1/4 cup apricot preserves or jam
- Optional: freshly ground black pepper and flakey salt to finish
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat, around 400-450°F.
- Place the almond slices, thyme, butter, and a pinch of salt in a foil packet; fold it closed and place it on the top rack of the grill for 10-14 minutes.
- Lightly brush each side of the brie wheel with oil. Place the brie on the grill over direct heat and cook for 3-4 minutes; flip carefully to avoid tearing the rind, and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
- Remove from grill and top with apricot preserves and the almond packet. Drizzle with honey.
- Serve with baguette or crackers and enjoy!