This baked brie appetizer has something for each taste bud!
They are simple to make yet incredibly impressive!
These baked brie carmelized onion cups may just be the best-tasting appetizer that I’ve ever created. It’s literally an explosion of flavors in your mouth and from the moment that warm flakey buttery shell hits your tongue you’re going to be in love. Each crispy phyllo shell cuddles a creamy cube of heavenly brie cheese that is melted just enough to fill in all the nooks and crevices of each cup. I topped each bite with a spoonful of sweet and perfectly caramelized onions. I toasted up some spicy pecans to balance the onions and drizzled honey just for fun. There are so many crazy textures going on in each bite; crunch, creamy, spicy, sweet. It’s all there and it’s all good!
Caramelized Onions and Brie
These baked brie cups are so easy, it’s almost embarrassing. The problem with these appetizers is you will never have enough! They will be so popular that your guests will constantly demand more. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. This baked brie with caramelized onions recipe does take a bit of prep work though, the onions being the step that takes the longest, but the effort is worth it in the end. These onion cups will most definitely be the hit at your next party!
- Phyllo shells
- Brie cheese
- Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Pompeian Balsamic vinegar
- Chopped pecans
- Red pepper
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
How to Make Baked Brie & Caramelized Onion Cups
For the onions:
- Heat your oil in a large skillet and slice the onions into rings. Add them to the skillet.
- Turn the heat to low and cook the onions for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. The onions will become very soft and turn brown in color.
- When the onions have caramelized, add the vinegar and a pinch of salt. Stir together until the liquid evaporates.
- Remove the skillet from the heat and set it aside.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Arrange the phyllo cups on a baking sheet.
- Place a cube of cheese into each cup.
- Top the cups evenly with the onions and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
- While the cups are baking, heat the butter and nuts in a small skillet.
- Add in the pepper and stir.
- Toast the pecans for 3-5 minutes or until fragrant. Remove from heat.
- When the cheese has melted, top the cups with the chopped nuts and drizzle in honey right before serving.
- You can make the caramelized onions in advance. You can make those a day in advance and refrigerate them until ready to use. Keep them stored in a well covered or airtight container until needed.
- Want more flavor? For more flavor and fresh taste you can try adding in some fresh, chopped herbs or even adding a splash of little balsamic vinegar.
- How to caramelize onions. If you haven’t tried caramelized onions, then it’s time to change that. Onions are cooked until they lose their bite and become so soft and sweet. To make the onions, I start with some olive oil in my hot pan. I add my onions and let them go. Within a few minutes, they begin to soften and turn slightly golden. Within 20 minutes, they will be very soft and a deep, rich shade of caramel. Some recipes suggest adding sugar, I simply added a splash of balsamic vinegar at the end of the cooking process. This adds flavor and cuts the natural sweetness of the onions.
How long is this baked brie caramelized onions recipe good for?
These cups can be kept stored in the fridge for up to a day or two but they will taste best when freshly baked and still warm from the oven. While there’s nothing wrong with eating these appetizers cold, nothing compares to the gooey cheese when it’s hot and melty.
When to serve baked brie with onion jam
This recipe is fabulous for any night of the week when you want to impress some dinner guests but it also does great at parties and other occasions as well. For example birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and even tailgate parties can work as a wonderful setting for serving up a tray of these brie cups.
How long does brie take to melt in the oven?
Depending on the temperature of your oven you may find that the brie is fully cooked in as little as 5 minutes, especially since the cheese has been cut into tiny cubes instead of being left whole. We want our brie to cook just a little past that point so it’s nice and bubbly and the shells are just starting to brown. Yum!
For more delicious brie recipes check out these tasty suggestions:
Here are some more great appetizer recipes to try at your next party!
- Honey Pistachio Whipped Goat Cheese Cups
- Tex-Mex Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- Pimento Cheese Fillo Cups
- Garlic Bread Cheese Dip
Baked Brie & Caramelized Onion Cups
Phyllo cups filled with creamy brie and topped with sweet caramelized onions for a simple, elegant appetizer!
- 2 boxes phyllo shells (1.9 oz boxes with 15 shells)
- 4 oz brie cheese, cut into 1 in cubes
- 1 large onion
- 1 tablespoon Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon Pompeian Balsamic vinegar
- pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper
- 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
- For the onions: heat oil in a large skillet. Slice your onion into rings and add to skillet. Turn down heat to low and cook onions for about 20 minutes stirring frequently. Onions will become very soft and turn brown in color. When onions have caramelized, add vinegar and a pinch of salt; stir until liquid evaportes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350. Arrange cups on a baking sheet. Place a cube of cheese in each cup. Top cups evenly with onions and bake for 10-12 minutes or until cheese has melted.
- While cups are baking, heat butter and nuts in a small skillet. Add pepper and stir. Toast pecans for 3-5 mintues or until fragrant. Remove.
- When cheese has melted, top cups with chopped nuts and drizzle with honey right befor serving.
Amount Per Serving Calories 41Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 5mgSodium 37mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 1g
Baby June says
Mmm those sound amazing! I’m sure they’d be a hit at a holiday party 🙂
I’m not a huge onion fan but usually recipes with caramelized onions are yummy and anything with brie is amazing. Definitely going to give this a try.
I just made baked brie yesterday and devoured it. So, yeah, this is amazing!
Melanie | Melanie Makes says
Oh, the caramelized onion non these look divine!
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
These look amazing! I’m also a closet pie hole stuffer!
Can’t wait to make with 3 yr young granddaughter – she will love this!
I home she enjoys them!
Roshani Khanna says
This looks great! Thanks for sharing it and the other recipes at the Pinterest Power Party – we’ll be featuring this in tomorrow’s party!
Kirsten Massa says
I made these last night and my husband liked them but I felt they were a little bland… It needed a little more tang or I’m not quite sure. I felt like the Brie needed salt. I know that sounds strange. Anyway, they looked beautiful! Maybe I just need to tweet it a little.
Tanya Schroeder says
I’m sorry you thought they were bland. Fresh, chopped herbs might add a little more flavor as would a little balsamic vinegar. Thank you for giving them a try!
Kirsten D Massa says
Adding balsamic vinegar might be the tweek I’m looking for. thank you!