Baked Camembert is the perfect appetizer for any occasion! This dish is simple to make and tastes delicious. Best of all, it's a great way to get your family involved in the kitchen. So gather up your ingredients and let's get cooking!
Is there really any other way to kick off the most festive month of the year than with Gooey Cheese? I think not. Consider this a cozy winter counterpart of the delicious whipped goat cheese. And, Thyme and Garlic Baked Camembert is quite possibly one of the easiest yet most gorgeous and decadent appetizers ever. I can promise you’re going to love it!
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Why I Love This Recipe
Baked Camembert is one of those throw back recipes that your grandma would totally make. I mean, I’m pretty sure mine did. I’m giving it a little bit of a modern spin and adding an extra layer of flavor and it's easier than Baked Brie as there is no puff pastry involved (side note, no hate to Baked Brie! We just made it in my most new TV show!)! That comes in the form of freshly sliced garlic, fresh sprigs of thyme and some really great quality olive oil to round it out. The cheese is sliced in a crosshatch pattern and then everything is tucked into the cheese and baked until bubby perfection.
I like to serve my Baked Camembert with crostini or garlic bread. But any kind of bread that is buttered and toasted to perfection is exactly what we need for this dish. It’s equal parts fancy and approachable and it’s going to make holiday entertaining super fun!
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Camembert Cheese
- Garlic Clove sliced
- Fresh Thyme
- Olive Oil
- Crostini toasted
*For a full list of ingredients and instructions please see recipe card below.
How to Make Baked Camembert
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350F. Unwrap the cheese and discard the plastic wrap. Place it back into its box. Score the top in a crosshatch pattern.
Step 2: Wedge pieces of the garlic into the top of the cheese and sprinkle with fresh thyme. Drizzle with the olive oil and transfer onto a baking sheet.
Step 3: Place the baking sheet into the oven for 20 minutes. Remove and let set for 2-3 minutes before serving with crostini.
How to Store Baked Camembert
You can store the leftover baked camembert in the fridge for upto 4-5 days and re-heat when its time to eat.
How to Freeze Baked Camembert
It is not recommended to freeze camembert since its prone to losing its texture and structure in the freezer. I would recommend portioning out your camembert and baking as much as you need if you are not planning to have the full wheel. Stores also sell wheels of varying sizes.
Tips & Tricks
Brie would also work if you can't find camembert.
Can you eat the rind on the baked camembert?
Yes! The soft rind on camembert is edible. However, you can choose to discard it if you prefer not to eat it.
Is it possible to overcook when baking the cheese?
It is possible, make sure you score the top to allow the heat to release from the cheese as you are baking it. This helps prevent the cheese inside from over-heating and becoming curdled.
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Thyme and Garlic Baked Camembert
- 1 8-ounce wheel Camembert Cheese that's the cheese that comes with the wooden box
- 1 clove garlic sliced
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Toasted crostini
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Unwrap the cheese and discard the plastic wrap. Place the cheese back into its box. Score the top in a crosshatch pattern.
- Wedge pieces of the garlic into the top of the cheese and sprinkle with fresh thyme. Drizzle with the olive oil and transfer onto a baking sheet.
- Place the baking sheet into the oven for 20 minutes. Remove and let set for 2-3 minutes before serving with crostini.