Baked Brie Bread Bowl with Caramelized Onions

By Jeri Mobley-Arias
November 28, 2023 | Updated on November 30, 2023

If the thought of cheese baked to gooey glory in a crusty bread bowl makes your mouth water, then this baked brie bread bowl recipe is for you! It’s topped with caramelized onions and gruyère for the ultimate cheese dip. Learn how to bake brie so you can serve it as a delicious party appetizer.

Craving another cheese dip recipe? Check out Baked Brie with Honey Chili Oil, Whipped Cottage Cheese with Nectarine Peach Compote, and Queso Dip with Chipotle.

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Bread and cheese are a delicious duo and this recipe is one of my favorite ways to combine the two. Everything about this baked brie bread bowl recipe is decadent; from the thick, chewy pull-apart bread to the caramelized onion topping. This mouthwatering appetizer is savory, salty, and so satisfying.

Why This Baked Brie Bread Bowl Recipe Works

  • Great for Parties Baked brie in a bread bowl is an easy way to impress your guests at holiday gatherings and Super Bowl parties. Share this appetizer with a large group and it’s gone in 15 minutes, tops!
  • Versatile – Serve this baked brie dip with an assortment of foods, from veggies to crackers. Of course, the bread itself is easy to pull apart and use as a dipping utensil.
  • Easy to Make It’s hard to mess up melty cheese and crusty bread. Simply assemble and bake for about 30 minutes.
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Tools You’ll Need

Ingredients You Will Need for Baked Brie Bread Bowl

What I love most about baked brie recipes, is how versatile they can be due to the topping options. The caramelized onions are definitely a co-star in this recipe.

Bread Bowl

  • French bread bowl – French bread is sturdy enough to contain baked brie and a host of toppings. It has a crispy crust and a chewy interior so it’s also great for dipping.
  • Gruyère – Place grated gruyère over semi-baked brie. It deepens the flavor with rich, nutty notes.
  • Avocado oil spray – Use this to brown the exterior of the bread.
  • Garlic clove – Halved.
side by side images showing onions before and after caramelizing

Caramelized Onion Baked Brie

  • Triple creme brie wheel – Brie is naturally soft and creamy but triple creme cheese has extra creme. It’s smooth, buttery, and the perfect melting cheese.
  • Avocado oil and salted butter – You’ll need both to properly caramelize the onions.
  • Yellow onion – When it comes to baked brie toppings, caramelized onions are top tier. Caramelizing onions enhances their natural sweetness, deepening flavor and imparting a rich, savory complexity to the baked brie bread bowl. Halve and thinly slice the onions.
  • Cloves garlic – Mince fresh garlic.
  • Kosher salt – Opt for Diamond Crystal brand.
  • Fresh thyme – Roughly chopped.
  • Dijon mustard – This enhances the onions and gives them a tangy twist.
  • Worcestershire sauce – Add for umami flavor.
  • Sugar – This plays up with sweetness from the onions.
  • Water – Use water as needed to prevent the onions from burning. Also use it to make a flavorful paste for the caramelized onions.

To Serve

  • Honeycrisp apple slices
  • Thyme, for garnish
side by side images of french bread loaf cut open and french bread stuffed with brie

How To Make a Baked Brie Bread Bowl

Create a delectable baked brie bread bowl by hollowing out a round loaf of French bread, filling it with creamy brie, and baking until golden and gooey. Throw some caramelized onions on top for a super savory appetizer.

Caramelized Onions

  1. Over medium heat, add the olive oil and butter. Once butter melts, add the onions and stir every few minutes. Do not rush this process; caramelizing onions takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour. As you cook the onions, take care not to let the mixture brown too quickly, rather it should slowly brown over time. If the mixture dries out, add 1½ teaspoons of water at a time and stir. Once onions are lightly caramelized, add salt and stir to combine.
  2. Once the onions are deeply browned and caramelized, increase the heat to medium-high. Add garlic and thyme. Cook for two minutes. Stir in dijon, worcestershire, water, and sugar. Cook until liquid reduces, about 2 – 3 minutes. Turn off heat, cover with lid and set aside until ready to use.
side by side images of semi-baked brie bread bowl topped with gruyere cheese and the second image, topped with caramelized onions

Bread Bowl

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Use a bread knife to remove the top quarter of the bread bowl. Place brie over the top center of the bread bowl. Use a knife to trace the outside of the brie. Scoop out a deep enough well for the brie to nestle inside the bowl.

3. Place the brie inside the crevice. Use a knife to cut 1½ – 2-inch thick wedges on the top. As you cut down, take care not to slice all the way through the bottom of the bread bowl. Spray the top of the bread bowl with avocado oil then place in the oven for 20 minutes.

4. Carefully remove the brie bowl from the oven, top the brie with gruyere and evenly spread the caramelized onion mixture on top of the gruyere. Return to the oven for another 5-8 minutes or until brie is completely melted.

5. Grate the top of the bread bowl with fresh garlic. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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How Long to Bake Brie

The baking time for brie can vary depending on the recipe and size of the cheese wheel, but a common guideline is to bake it in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for approximately 20 minutes, or until the cheese is soft and gooey inside, with a golden-brown crust on the outside.

This recipe takes a bit longer because a second cheese and onions are added in the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Tips and Tricks

  • Use a brie wheel and not a brie wedge. It makes for a better presentation and more surface space.
  • After 15 minutes of baking, check on the bread bowl. Overcooked brie becomes hard quickly.
  • Consume this baked bread bowl within 30 minutes of making it, while it’s still spreadable.
  • This baked brie recipe is best enjoyed immediately, straight out of the oven. However, you can wrap the entire bread bowl in foil and refrigerate it for up to 2 days. Reheat it in the oven at 325°F until warmed through.
side by side images of a loaf of french bread and a second image showing the same loaf with brie inserted

Variations

  • Bread Instead of French bread, try a sourdough loaf.
  • Toppings – Not a fan of onion? Top baked brie with toasted nuts, honey, or cranberry sauce.
  • Puff Pastry Replicate this recipe by wrapping brie in a puff pastry instead of inserting it into a bread bowl.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of bread goes with baked brie?

Serve brie with French bread, sourdough, or ciabatta bread. Although they each have their own distinct flavors, each option is hearty enough to contain brie for a bread bowl.

What kind of crackers go with baked brie?

Any sturdy cracker will pair well with baked brie. Avoid super thin crackers because they’re likely to break.

Is baked brie good at room temperature?

When brie first comes out of the oven, it is gooey and melty. After about 15 minutes, it cools significantly but is still spreadable. You can consume baked brie at room temperature. It may be harder to scoop up but is still edible.

Do you have to bake brie before serving?

Although baking brie is a popular option, you can enjoy the cheese without cooking it. Served at room temperature, the solid cheese has a creamy texture and tastes delicious with a variety of cured meats, nuts, and fruit preserves. The cheese is popular for charcuterie boards.

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Baked Brie Bread Bowl with Caramelized Onions

If the thought of cheese baked to gooey glory in a crusty bread bowl makes your mouth water, then this baked brie bread bowl recipe is for you! It's topped with caramelized onions and gruyère for the ultimate cheese dip. Learn how to bake brie so you can serve it as a delicious party appetizer.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Jeri Mobley-Arias
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • ¼ baking sheet,

Ingredients

Bread Bowl

  • 1 french bread bowl, ¼ top removed
  • cup gruyere, grated
  • avocado oil spray
  • large garlic clove, halved

Caramelized Onion Baked Brie

  • 1 8 ounce triple creme brie wheel, top ⅛ removed
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • ¾ pound yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste, Diamond Crystal
  • ¾ teaspoon fresh thyme, roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ¾ teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • pinch sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water

To Serve

  • honey crisp apple slices
  • thyme, for garnish

Instructions

Caramelized Onions

  • Over medium heat, add the olive oil and butter. Once butter melts, add the onions and stir every few minutes. Do not rush this process; caramelizing onions takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour. As you cook the onions, take care not to let the mixture brown too quickly, rather it should slowly brown over time. If the mixture dries out, add 1½ teaspoons of water at a time and stir. Once onions are lightly caramelized, add salt and stir to combine.
  • Once the onions are deeply browned and caramelized, increase the heat to medium-high. Add garlic and thyme. Cook for two minutes. Stir in dijon, worcestershire, water, and sugar. Cook until liquid reduces, about 2 – 3 minutes. Turn off heat, cover with lid and set aside until ready to use.

Bread Bowl

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Use a bread knife to remove the top quarter of the bread bowl. Place brie over the top center of the bread bowl. Use a knife to trace the outside of the brie. Scoop out a deep enough well for the brie to nestle inside the bowl.
  • Place the brie inside the crevice. Use a knife to cut 1½ – 2-inch thick wedges on the top. As you cut down, take care not to slice all the way through the bottom of the bread bowl. Spray the top of the bread bowl with avocado oil then place in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the brie bowl from the oven, top the brie with gruyere and evenly spread the caramelized onion mixture on top of the gruyere. Return to the oven for another 5-8 minutes or until brie is completely melted.
  • Grate the top of the bread bowl with fresh garlic. Serve immediately and enjoy!
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