Cast Iron Brie Fondue

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brie fondue recipe

What’s Up, Hungry People

I’m basically in love with my cast iron skillet. It works better than most of my traditional pots and pans, and actually comes with some health benefits. Tonight, I decided to bust out my iron to make an easy appetizer: brie fondue!

Brie has a mellow and somewhat nutty flavor, which is best accented by serving with sweet ingredients. In the past, I’ve served my brie with dates and stuffed in mushrooms. And paired with crispy sweet asparagus and sharp salami. But tonight, I paired my brie with some maple syrup and fresh thyme, to really enhance its flavor.

Probably the best thing about brie fondue, aside from its deliciousness, is that aside from pouring the maple syrup and sprinkling the thyme on top, all you need to “do” is put it in the oven. Then just let it go until it reaches the perfect fondue consistency.

ingredients for brie fondue

Here’s What You Need

  • Brie cheese: Adds creamy, rich flavor with a hint of nuttiness.
  • Maple syrup: Offers a natural sweetness that complements the brie’s richness.
  • Thyme: Infuses the dish with earthy and slightly floral notes.
  • Crostini: Provides a crunchy base, perfect for scooping up the melted cheese.
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables: Add freshness, texture, and a balance to the rich, creamy brie.
maple brie crostini

Let’s Cook

First things first, let’s crank that oven up to a cozy 400°F. Grab your brie and plonk it right in the middle of your trusty cast iron skillet.

Sweet and Earthy

Next up, let’s drench that brie in maple syrup. Aim for an even coat, letting it cascade like a sweet waterfall around the edges but not overboard, we don’t want a sticky mess. Then, sprinkle our green little friend, thyme, all over. This will bring a touch of the forest right into our dish.

Bake It Till You Make It

Slide your skillet into the oven and let it bake. You’re aiming for that sweet spot between 15 to 20 minutes, or until our brie starts to look like it’s puffing up in the middle. That’s when you know it’s getting all gooey and perfect on the inside.

baked brie in cast iron

Serving Hot

Once out of the oven, it’s showtime. Cut a slit from the center to the edge – like you’re drawing a line in the sand. This is your grand reveal. Serve it up with crostini, and maybe some fresh fruits and veggies to keep things interesting. And there you have it, a simple yet stunning appetizer ready to wow.

Cast Iron Brie Fondue Tips

  • Choosing the Right Brie: Opt for a high-quality brie with a creamy texture. The better the brie, the more flavorful your fondue will be.
  • Maple Syrup Matters: Use pure maple syrup for the best flavor. Artificial syrups can introduce unwanted chemicals and flavors.
  • Thyme is on Your Side: Fresh thyme will give you the best flavor, but if it’s not available, dried thyme can work in a pinch. Just use a third of the amount specified for fresh.
  • Serving Suggestions: While crostini is a classic choice, don’t be afraid to mix it up with different types of bread, crackers, or even sliced apples for dipping.
  • Cast Iron Care: Remember that the skillet will be very hot, especially the handle. Always use oven mitts to avoid burns.
  • The Perfect Consistency: If your brie isn’t melting to your liking, don’t panic. Oven temperatures can vary, so give it a few more minutes and check again.
dipped crostini in brie

And there you have it, Hungry People, the simplest way to whip up a bit of cheesy magic with just a few ingredients and your trusty cast iron skillet. Whether you’re looking to impress guests, treat yourself on a quiet night in, or just dive into the wonderful world of cheese, this cast iron brie fondue is your go-to.

Remember, it’s all about enjoying the process, experimenting a bit, and of course, savoring every bite. So next time you find yourself staring at that wheel of brie in your fridge, know that you’re just a few steps away from something truly special. Keep cooking, keep exploring, and as always, Enjoy!

cast iron brie

Cast Iron Brie Fondue

The Starving Chef
Melt into the richness of cast iron brie fondue, a simple yet elegant appetizer perfect for any occasion.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Fondue
Servings 6



  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the brie cheese in the center of a cast iron skillet.
  • Pour the maple syrup over the brie, ensuring it covers the cheese up to the edges. Try not to let the syrup overflow the top of the brie, as excess syrup in the skillet may start to burn.
  • Sprinkle the thyme evenly over the top of the brie.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the center of the brie is slightly puffed and wobbles when gently shaken.
  • Remove the skillet from the oven. Cut a slit from the center of the brie to the edge to allow for easy dipping.
  • Serve immediately with crostini, fresh fruit, and vegetables. Enjoy!
Keyword cast iron, cheese, maple
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