Gluten Free Cherry Pecan Brie Appetizer Recipe

When I need to make a fancy schmancy appetizer with no time for preparation, my secret weapon is to start with a round of brie.

Of course, one could always just put out a lovely round of brie with some gluten free bread or crackers and that would be a perfectly fine appetizer but with a few more ingredients and a couple more minutes, we can take it from perfectly fine to perfectly fabulous!

This recipe is one of those raid-the-refrigerator-I-need-a-quick-appetizer deals. It is said that necessity is the mother of invention; I say that unexpected guests are the mother of great, spontaneous recipes.

First of all, I start with inexpensive, grocery store brand brie – not the expensive French stuff. In my humble opinion, the cheap stuff warms up nicer than the expensive stuff. I could be completely wrong about this but hey, it’s cheaper and it works great so that’s my story and I am sticking with it!

I made a quick topping for the brie with some natural cherries. I like to use Bada Bing cherries from Tillen Farms because not only are they a beautiful burgundy color, but they are also free of artificial preservatives, dyes, corn syrup and the top 8 allergens. The regular natural maraschinos would be great too and the brighter color would be oh so pretty. The addition of a splash of balsamic vinegar, black pepper and thyme makes this simple appetizer very sophisticated.

To make this Gluten Free Cherry Pecan Brie Appetizer recipe even more fab, the big trick is to heat your brie. The insides get all soft and runny – perfect for spreading on a mild gluten-free cracker or piece of GF baguette. Combined with the sweet yet savory cherry topping and the toasty crunch from the pecans, this is seriously gourmet! (Let’s just keep it to ourselves how darn easy it is to make, ok?)

Gluten-Free Cherry Pecan Brie Recipe

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Gluten Free Cherry Pecan Brie Appetizer Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: French
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 242 kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski
Ingredients
  • 12 Tillen Farms Bada Bing Cherries
  • ¼ cup maraschino cherry liquid
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (7 ounce) whole round brie cheese
  • 2 tablespoons toasted chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Remove and discard stems from cherries and roughly chop. Place the cherries, cherry liquid, vinegar, thyme and pepper in a small skillet and bring to a boil over high heat. Continue to boil until the liquid is mostly reduced and has thickened, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Place brie on a serving plate and microwave for 30-60 seconds on high power until soft. (If you don’t have a microwave, simply bake the brie in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.) Top the brie with the cherry mixture and toasted pecans and serve with gluten free crackers or toasted slices of gluten free French bread.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Cherry Pecan Brie Appetizer Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 314mg 13%
Potassium 121mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 2g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 6.3%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 9.5%
Iron 3.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tags: Appetizers Brie Cherries Corn Free Entertaining Grain Free Maraschino Cherries Optionally Egg Free Optionally Vegetarian Pecans soy free
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  1. Tania
    August 13, 2013

    Wow, I can’t say that that doesn’t look delicious because it does. Mmmm! Look great although not as simple. I’m not so sure I could make this with my terrible cooking skills. Although I do plan to try to make it because it looks so amazing!

    1. CarolKicinski
      August 14, 2013

      It really is simple! Trust me :)

  2. Rick
    August 17, 2013

    Looks delicious! You got me at cherry pecan and now i just have to make this recipe. It’s soo good not to pass. My anniversary is coming up too! I planning to make my wife a full course meal and this would be great as an appetizer. Thanks.

    1. CarolKicinski
      August 25, 2013

      Thjanks Rick and Happy Anniversary to you both!

  3. Lyn Ashby
    September 17, 2013

    As soon as I saw the picture at the top of this page I wanted to try it for myself. It just looks so good and you’re definitely right because it does look fancy too. There’s so few ingredients in here that it’s an easy dish to make but it looks like you spent a lot of time. Thanks for the great (healthy) idea.

    1. CarolKicinski
      September 20, 2013

      Thank you Lyn, it is my pleasure! Enjoy.

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