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A Holiday Brie from Mr. Man

I know it’s been a while and I’m sorry, really. Luckily, though, I don’t have a laundry list of excuses for you – just one: I got a new job. On weekends I get paid to sell cheese at Whole Foods; yes, you read correctly, PAID to be at Whole Foods.

Many families bring their children along and encourage them to try different cheeses. I think that’s great! One family has the most adorable child that always calls me Mr. Man. Every weekend his parents greet me at the cheese counter and I give them the low down on all the new and interesting cheeses we carry. Once they make their selection and are ready to go, the little kid always yells, “bye, Mr. Man!” This weekend I shared this brie recipe with them and thought it would be appropriate to share here, as well.

I understand the holiday season is here and everyone is up to their necks in shopping, cleaning, traveling – the works. You won’t need any measuring spoons, fancy equipment or unusual ingredients for this one – just garlic, honey, a wheel of brie and preferably a warm baguette. 

mise en place

I make this brie all the time for dinner parties and it has never let me down – never. My good friends Marilyn and Diane are huge fans of this appetizer and it always makes me happy to hear their success with this recipe.

slathered in garlic

We’re off to a good start with the garlic. You want to smash it really finely with the side of your knife so as to create a smooth paste. A sprinkling of salt helps with this process. Once this bakes covered by a layer of honey, the garlic will roast and caramelize.

healthy squeeze of honey

Now comes the sweet part. You’ll want to coat your garlic-covered brie with your favorite honey and don’t skimp either. Any excess honey will drizzle down to the bottom of your ramekin while baking and form a nice sauce for later.

stringy brie

As difficult as it may be, let your brie cool for about 5-7 minutes once it comes out of the oven. Otherwise you’ll end up with a pool of brie and miss out on the stringiness. Remember that warm baguette? This is where it would come in handy.

sweet & savory brie

Don’t forget to scoop out some of the liquid honey sauce that settles at the bottom of the ramekin.

Happy Holidays!

Baked Brie

approx 8 servings


  • 1 wheel of brie
  • 3-4 cloves, garlic
  • honey
  • 1 warm baguette

Putting them all together

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Smash garlic into a smooth paste using the side of your knife and some salt. The salt will help brake down the garlic even more.
  3. Spread the garlic over the brie and cover with honey.
  4. Bake in a slightly larger ramekin for 15-20 minutes and enjoy with warm bread.

note: You don’t want to use your fanciest brie for this recipe. A standard, good-quality brie works just fine.


Posted in appetizers, French, recipe, savory by Antonio Tahhan on December 15th, 2008. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

33 Responses to “A Holiday Brie from Mr. Man”

Mrs Ergül Says:

wow, I cant even imagine the look on my husband’s face if I make this for him. I will light up!

HoneyB Says:

Oh Tony, this is wonderful! Brie is one of my very favorite cheeses!

Peter G Says:

What a great use for Brie. Good to see you’re enjoying the cheese at wholefoods!

Christina Says:

Brie is awesome. I’ve never had it baked, though, but it sounds amazing!

Cool job, Tony. Even the blue cheese haters sound funny. (Although, I don’t think laughing at them would help matters…)

Joan Nova Says:

That’s a good one, Mr. Man. I’ve stuffed brie with nuts, fruits, pesto, even chorizo but it never dawned on to me try a garlic paste. Interesting.

Núria Says:

How I wish I could enjoy cheese!!!! But, I can’t stand it… it looks delicious so creamy and with that honey on top… Mmmmm… but when I get near, I just have to run away! Maybe when I get older ;D

Congrats on the new job!

Adam Says:

Ah, you are true cheese head entrepreneur, my good man. Way to sell those wheels with a fantastic recipe 🙂 I can hear people lining up from here.

Congrats on the new gig, and I hope you’re having a blast 🙂

Ever see Anchorman? “Baxter, you pooped in the refrigerator AND ate a whole wheel of cheese? I’m not even mad, I’m impressed” Haha.

Emily Says:

Wow, I’ve already bought all the app ingredients for my party on Wednesday, but I think I’m going to add this to the menu – it sounds delicious! Congrats on your new job – I can’t think of anything more fun! We’re having a party food recipe contest and would love to have you enter this or another favorite recipe. I’ve linked to the contest through my name – deadline to enter is tomorrow at 4 PM.

Peter Says:

Congrats on the new gig and the part-time work at Whole Foods. Sadly, upscale markets like these also attract people with lots of money and no taste…blue cheese rocks but your baked brie RULES!

Antonio Tahhan Says:

I think he would love this Mrs. Ergül 🙂

Thanks Shelby!! It’s one of my favorite cheeses, too!

I am loving my new job, haha. Thanks Peter!!

Christina, you are missing out. I love the stringiness of it after it bakes in the oven! I love my job 🙂

Pesto and nuts sounds delish!! I’m going to have to give some of these combos a try 🙂 Thanks Joan!

Oh, no!! Núria… pero es TAN delicioso!

Thanks, Adam!! I am indeed having a blast (and gaining weight at the same time, haha). It’s just too tempting to work around all that cheese and not it some 🙂
I LOVE that line, haha!

Thanks Emily! I hope it turns out well! I will check out the contest, too.

Thanks Peter! The job is pretty sweet. The cheeses I get to taste are out of this world, too!

fanny Says:

wow Tony, this looks incredibly good! I bet it makes a nice soothing dish; perfect for a cold night!
xx fanny

Marilyn Rivchin Says:

Hey, Tony,
Thanks for including us — your brie recipe still rocks with our friends.
Love your photos, too. Maybe Whole Foods would let us do another video there!
Can you say “Cheese Star?”

Deeba Says:

Now that’s some delicious looking Brie Mr Man…great great recipe. I love the wheel smothered in garlic. Made my heart leap with joy! have a good holiday season, & a wonderful 2009!

Micha .:. Scraping the Skillet Says:

Mr. Man –
My hubby and I used to go hang out in the cheese section of Whole Foods. Sadly, we don’t have any real WFM love here in Tucson (we have one, but it’s a pretty sad excuse for a WFM). Sounds like such a fun job!
The brie looks amazing. I’m reading this over breakfast and am still salivating 🙂

Sylvia Says:

Looks delicious, specially for us. garlic and brie is a fabulous combinatiom

CourtJ Says:

I can’t imagine the heaven that is being surrounded by cheese all day! Score on the sweet job!

This brie looks unreal, looking at the gooey cheese in the picture with the knife makes me want to reach out, grab some, and lick it off my fingers.

I serve goat cheese like this kind of. I toast the baguette slices and rub them with whole cloves of garlic (a chick in Spain showed me that as a great way to turn your bread into garlic bread), then I spread warm goat cheese on the bread and drizzle with honey. Honey is so great with strong cheeses.

I might steal this idea for a post I am working on with 10 ways to dress up your brie. It will be a while in coming though since I need to find 10 occasions to make and eat brie (hopefully none of which are just me eating the whole wheel myself).

Amy Says:

I just surfed in here on the link to your brie and garlic and honey recipie…I’m sorry I don’t know who you are but after reading this recipie, I think you and I could be verrrrrrrrrry good friends….especially if you serve stuff like this to your friends..YUM!!!

Stephanie Says:

Wow, this is awesome!

I used to work in Whole Foods, in the seafood dept right next to Specialty. I got to work with some amazing people and learned a lot about cheese in the process. Just want to say thank you to you, people like you make that possible.

Crumbs and Pixels Says:

I saw this on Foodgawker and had to come directly to check the recipe out! I had tried baked brie with honey and almonds before but can’t wait to try it with garlic! Looks great!

Katie Says:

Yes! I have been wanting to make this since you commented about it on my blog. I wasn’t sure on the details though, so I never got around to it. Now I AM MAKING IT. Done. Said. IN CAPS.

gaga Says:

Oooh, what ooey gooey goodness!

Y Says:

Mmmm brie.. I hope to be eating lots of oozy runny cheeses over the Christmas period. Congrats on your new job by the way. Mr. Man.. too cute! 🙂

cakebrain Says:

omg. That oozy brie is screaming goodness! Looks like am amazing appy for any party!

Jing Says:

Made it tonight for dinner. Amazing (couldn’t stop eating it).

Nate Says:

That is a thing of beauty! So simple and yet powerfully flavored.

Merry Christmas, Mr Man!

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Rebecca Says:

I know it’s been forever–well, in Internet time–since you posted this, but I wanted to let you know, Tony, I made your garlic-honey brie for a party last weekend and it was a huge hit. Everyone thought it was utterly delicious. I know I’ll be using this recipe over and over and over again.

Sarah Says:

nom nom. i love brie, i love honey. what a great combo recipe.

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~ Junkyard Jennifer Says:

I’ve been wanting to try baked brie for ages. I found your recipe on foodgawker today and made it. It was so good. I love the combination of the garlic and honey! My whole family enjoyed it. I think brie is my new favorite cheese.

~ Jennifer

Collin Foster Says:

Hi, Antonio! Do you remember me? The techie that went to the Apple Store to look at the iPhone 5 on 9/22/12 about 12 years old? Then ate your amazing Grilled Cheese Brie? You need to post that recipe you made for me at Whole Foods! I loved it soo much!! For lunch my mouth was watering just thinking about how amazing your food is!

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