This Baked Brie with Bacon Sausage Dippers is a crowd-pleasing dish that is perfect as a Holiday appetizer or party snack.
The brie is studded with rosemary and drizzled with honey, giving it a wonderful sweetness, perfect for serving with the savory bacon-wrapped sausage dippers!
If you are looking for holiday appetizer recipes, then this is for you! It is easy to make and simple to cook! And who doesn't love oozy gooey cheese?
Is there anything better than hot, oozy gooey cheese?
This baked brie is like a self-contained mini fondue. The rind keeps everything in place until you dip in your sausage, and then you are greeted with runny cheese. SO GOOD!!
Talking of the sausages, these are an easy play on my Maple Bacon Wrapped Sausages. Here the bacon is sweetened with honey, although maple would work instead.
Glazed sausages wrapped in crispy bacon, dipping into molten cheese! Bring on the stretchy holiday pants as this is going to get good!
Making Baked Brie and Sausages
Making baked brie couldn't be simpler!
Start by finding a dish that will hold the brie in the center and allow you to fan the sausages out in a star around it. I find a round baking dish works well, but a pie tin would be a great option too.
Place the brie in the center and use a small sharp knife to stab slits into the surface. Push a few rosemary leaves into each slit.
Arrange the wrapped sausages (see next section for details) around the brie and bake for 25-30 minutes until the sausages are cooked, and the bacon is crisp. After this time, the cheese will be gooey and perfect for dipping.
Look in the grocery store for thin pork breakfast links (or chipolata). They will give you the best dippers.
You want to buy smoked bacon strips and avoid turkey bacon as it doesn't hold around the sausage well.
Now it is just a rolling job!
Take a strip of bacon, place a sausage, and a couple of rosemary leaves on the end. Roll the bacon around the sausage, cut off any excess bacon, and secure the ends with a wooden toothpick or cocktail stick. Repeat.
Depending on the length of your bacon strips, you may find you can wrap two sausages with one strip of bacon. But don't force it. If the sausage isn't well wrapped, the bacon will contract too much when cooked and unwrap itself from the sausage.
I use short bacon strips, so it is only enough for one sausage. The excess I cut off and I store in the refrigerator for adding to soups or pastas.
Making in advance
You can get some of the prep work done in advance for this dish. Wrap the sausages ahead of time and assemble the dish. Don't drizzle with honey until you are ready to cook, though.
This Baked Brie with Sausage Dippers is best cooked from cold, so keep it covered in the fridge until you are ready to cook.
- Use a wheel of camembert instead of brie
- Drizzle with maple syrup instead of honey
- Use thyme leaves instead of rosemary
- Add some red pepper flakes to your slits in the cheese
- Use smoked sausages
- After 20 minutes, place some cubes of bread in the gaps between the sausages. They will crisp up and be great additional dippers!
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Baked Brie with Bacon Sausage Dippers
- 1 brie round - see note 1
- 3 sprigs of rosemary
- 16 pork breakfast links/thin pork sausages
- 16 strips of bacon – see note 2
- 2-3 tbsp honey
- Preheat oven to 350ºF/170ºC.
- Place the brie wheel in the middle of a large round baking dish or pie tin.
- Use a sharp knife to stab several slits in the brie. Push a few leaves of rosemary into each slit.
- Place a strip of bacon on the chopping board. Place a sausage on the end of the bacon along with a couple of rosemary leaves. Then roll the bacon tightly around the sausage. (see the bulk of post for pictures)
- Cut any remaining bacon off, secure the end with a toothpick or cocktail stick, and place it into the baking dish around the brie.
- Repeat with your remaining sausages.
- When you are ready to cook, glaze the bacon and brie with 2 tablespoons of honey. (if your sausages are bigger you might need an extra tablespoon of honey)
- Bake the brie and bacon-wrapped sausages for 25 to 30 minutes until the sausages are fully cooked, the bacon is crispy, and the cheese is molten.
- Remove the cocktail sticks before serving or warn your guests!
- I use a 8oz(250g) wheel of brie, but you can use whatever size you like here.
- Depending on the size of your bacon strips, you might get two sausages out of every strip of bacon.