Baked Brie with Caramelized Onions and Bacon! The perfect appetizer for having friends or family over during the holidays or anytime you want something cheesy and delicious! Plus, it's gluten-free, requires only 5 ingredients, and is baked and ready to devour in 35 minutes! Bonus - there's a low-carb option.
This post has been updated since it was originally posted in December of 2015.
What's not to love about brie cheese?
Brie glorious brie... We're anxious to try it!🎶 This recipe has most definitely got me singing!
I'm just not sure it gets much better than this…Baked brie with caramelized onions and bacon! So decadent and so delicious. It's the perfect appetizer for having friends or family over during the holidays or anytime really.
And even better it's low-carb and gluten-free.
How to make baked brie with bacon:
This mouthwatering recipe only requires 5 ingredients and you can throw it together and have it ready to enjoy in 35 minutes! Amazingness!
I like to bake my bacon. There is virtually no mess and it's super low maintenance. Usually, there will be baking instructions on the back of the packaging.
I line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the bacon slices as close as possible since they shrink while cooking.
Pop them into the oven (depending on the thickness the temperature will vary) wait about 15 minutes and voila - perfectly cooked bacon! AND: no grease splatters on my stovetop! Can you hear me purring?
While all that pork is magically becoming salty, addictive, protein sticks, I slice up my onions and get them caramelizing on the stove.
It's definitely a low and slow process; you can't rush perfection. Onions are naturally sweet, and when you slow cook them over a period of time, the natural sugars in the onions caramelize.
Resulting in a wonderfully sweet and flavorful topping... Mmmm!
For this recipe I stir in a tablespoon of brown sugar to the onions just before they were finished cooking, to balance out the salty bacon and cheese.
You can skip this step or use your favorite sugar substitute like erythritol or stevia to keep this recipe low-carb and keto friendly.
If you're wanting to impress your guests with minimal effort this appetizer is your new BFF. And then there's the bacon.❤ Nuff said.
Here are more delicious cheesy appetizer recipes:
- Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with Honey and Almonds
- Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with Cherry Cranberry Sauce
- Stuffed Mushrooms With Spinach, Feta, And Walnuts
- Queso Fundido With Chorizo!
- Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Mushrooms (Low Carb)
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Baked Brie with Caramelized Onions and Bacon
I’m just not sure it gets much better than this…Baked brie with caramelized onions and bacon!
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar (omit or use erythritol for low-carb & keto)
- 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
- 16 ounces brie, round
- 2 medium yellow onions, cut into ¼-inch slices
- 5-6 slices of bacon
- Cook bacon until almost crispy, let cool and finely chop.
- Caramelize onion in olive oil on medium low heat for 20 minutes. Add brown sugar a few minutes before finished. Sauté another 1-2 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved.
- Top the brie with the onions and chopped bacon.
- Bake at 350 degrees until soft and starting to ooze, about 10 minutes.
- Serve with French bread crostini’s or crackers.
Serving Size5 ounces
Amount Per Serving Calories 196Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 8gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 43mgSodium 299mgCarbohydrates 2gSugar 1gProtein 9g
PS: If you're not in a bacon mood, try this Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with Honey & Almonds!
I had this last summer & couldn't wait to try it. They cooked it on the BBQ but I don't think I will have room on ours tomorrow. 34 for Father's Day dinner.
Hi Val, so happy you were excited to try the recipe! Did you end up having room at the BBQ for them?
So I don’t have to do anything to the round of cheese before topping with the bacon and onions then baking ?
Hi Fiona, you're correct - you don't need to do anything to prep the brie before topping and baking it.
I think it would work just as well to bake the brie alone and then add the toppings the last 5 minutes to heat them all up
Hi Jackie, that sounds like it would work just fine. Let me know if you try it.
I have never tried brie before and this right is the perfect starter for me. Quick question, Do you think this would work being stuffed in pastry dough?
Hi Casey, I think it would be amazing in puff pastry. If you need it, this brie recipe has step-by-step instructions and pictures for how to bake a brie in puff pastry: https://tasteandsee.com/baked-brie-in-puff-pastry-cranberry/ . Enjoy!! 🙂 - H&B
Looks delish. I like to crumble my aluminum foil and then flatten it back out before putting bacon on it to oven bake. It sticks less and the grease is sort of pooled in between the crinkles. Cant wait to try this recipe!
Hi Donna, that's a brilliant idea. You are going to love this recipe - enjoy!! 🙂 - H&B
quick question....did you cut the rind off before baking or keep it on so onions and bacon don't "fall" into the gooey cheese?
Hi Kal, I gently scraped off some of the brine but did not cut into it. If it's cut into it won't keep its shape while cooking.
But then how do dip into it when ready to serve with brine still attached and topping already on?
Hi Kathy, when the brie is fresh out of the oven cut it open and then scoop and dip away!
On tv Ree baked the Brie in a skillet for 20 prior to topping. Confused
Hi MJ, there's no need to bake the brie prior to topping.
Would trivia brown sugar be an acceptable substitute?
Hi Darci! I've never used Truvia Brown Sugar but from what I've read about it I think it should be just fine. Hope that helps!
I made this for a birthday party and this was the star of the night. Easy to put together and truly yummy
Hi Jan, thanks so much! I'm so glad you and your guests enjoyed the baked brie. It's always a hit when I serve it as well. Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback!
Bacon, onion AND cheese? yes please! Your honey almond brie is one of my favorites so I will have to try this one!
This recipe is amazing. My guests fell on it liked they'd never eaten before. I made the onions and bacon ahead (cooking bacon in the oven was much easier), then baked it just before they arrived.
Thank you Janis! I love hearing that the recipe worked well and that your people enjoyed it!! Thanks for sharing this feedback.?