This Brie with Fig Jam, Almonds, and Berries is an easy 10-minute appetizer you can serve for holiday parties, on charcuterie boards, or as a last-minute snack! Each slice is loaded with sweet, nutty, and cheesy goodness.Jump to Recipe
Originally posted on November 15, 2018 / Last updated on December 9, 2021
Brie cheese with fig jam and almonds
This Brie with Fig Jam, Almonds, and Berries is a simple, yet beautiful way of serving brie cheese. Whether you choose to put it out as a show-stopping centerpiece at the holiday party or need a last-minute snack, this has everything you need to gather all of your loved ones together and set the stage at your celebration.
There is almost no effort involved with this recipe, as is consistent with most brie cheese appetizers. Simply top the wheel of brie cheese with storebought fig jam, almonds, berries, honey, and rosemary and you’re done! Your guests will hardly believe that this eye-popping snack took you less than 10 minutes to assemble.
Ingredients you need
- Brie cheese – This super creamy and soft cow’s milk cheese from France has notes of butter, nuts, and cream. This brie cheese appetizer is served at room temperature rather than baked or chilled so guests can easily enjoy a slice on a piece of bread or on crackers.
- Fig jam – Keep things simple by using a storebought fig jam. After all, this is a quick and easy snack that you’ll want to devour right away!
- Honey – Just a drizzle goes a long way!
- Almonds – Toasted and chopped.
- Berries – I used blackberries and blueberries but you could use raspberries, cherries, or cranberries instead.
- Rosemary – For a beautiful garnish.
How to make brie with fig jam
This simple and show-stopping appetizer is very easy to put together. It’s ready to enjoy for the holidays or on a charcuterie board in less than 10 minutes:
- Toast the almonds.
Place your almonds in a skillet over medium heat. Toast until they’re fragrant and darker brown. Watch them carefully so they don’t burn!
- Prepare the toppings.
Take the brie out of the fridge so it can come down to room temperature. Cut some of the berries in half and keep others whole for contrast and texture. Chop the toasted almonds.
- Assemble the brie appetizer.
Place the room temperature brie on a serving plate. Top with the fig jam, berries, nuts, a spring or two of rosemary, and a drizzle of honey. Serve with crackers or crostini and enjoy!
Can I bake the brie instead?
Absolutely! For a super creamy and warm snack, bake the wheel of brie with the fig jam and nuts on top in a 350ºF oven for about 10 minutes. Let it rest for 5 minutes, then add the rest of the toppings and serve.
Customize the toppings
You can top a wheel of brie with any sweet or savory toppings you love. Feel free to mix things up and use any of these toppings to make this party snack your own:
- Instead of almonds – Use pistachios, cashews, walnuts, or pecans.
- Instead of berries – Top the brie with figs, raspberries, pomegranate seeds, cranberries, pears, or cherries.
- Add dried fruit – Sprinkle dried and chopped figs, cranberries, apricots, or dates on top or stir them into the jam.
- Instead of fig jam – Replace it with cranberry sauce, date jam, apricot jam.
- Add meat – Like prosciutto or bacon for salty and savory flavors.
- To make it nut free – Replace the almonds with sunflower seeds or omit them entirely.
Frequently asked questions
Once the brie is assembled and on the platter, make sure you serve it with a cheese knife for easy slicing. Put out crostini, sturdy crackers, crusty bread, or sliced apples and pears so your guests can place each slice of cheese on something delicious.
Fig jam is my top pick for brie cheese because its sweet and sour flavor brings out the cheese’s velvety smooth features. The luscious creamy cheese also pairs well with more acidic jams, like apricot jam, cherry preserves, and date jam.
The best alternative to brie is a wheel of camembert. Still a French cow’s milk cheese, camembert has a creamy texture but a stronger and earthier flavor compared to brie.
Absolutely! A wheel of brie is surrounded by a bloomy white rind which is completely edible.
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Brie with Fig Jam, Almonds and Berries
- Place room temperature brie on a plate. Top with a few spoonfuls of fig spread.
- Place berries on top. Cut some of the berries in half, keep some whole. Sprinkle with chopped nuts.
- Add a few sprigs of rosemary and drizzle with honey. Serve with crackers.