Brie with Roasted Strawberries

I am a cheese-aholic. I love stinky cheese the best, if I was forced to choose. My favorite stinky cheeses would include Époisses, Reblochon, Délices, and Raclette. The ones I love the best tend to be washed rind cows’ milk cheeses.

However, there’s also nothing much more appealing to me than ooey, gooey cheeses – baked cheeses or those gently warmed. Brie and Camembert come to mind, but feta and goat cheeses serve the same lovely purpose. Why they’re so much fun to me is that you can change up the toppings, and really create seasonal presentations as well. I’ve made baked Brie with sautéed mushrooms in the fall, and also one topped with tomatillos in the summer. It all works!

Years ago I made something similar to what I’m doing with strawberries here, but with cherries, and the result was outstanding.

I prefer savory toppings, or at least partially savory. Lots of restaurants serve baked brie topped with honey, and that’s just too sweet for me. So for my roasted strawberries, I grabbed a fun product my daughter bought me – black pepper simple syrup. I’ve only used it on roasted Brussels sprouts at Thanksgiving. The black pepper flavor was there, but also a sweetness.

Brie with Roasted Strawberries

2 cups strawberries, approximately 12 ounces
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons black pepper simple syrup
Pinch of salt
1 pound Brie, approximately 5.5” across

Preheat oven to 375 convection roast, or to 400 degrees F. Chop the strawberries.

In a small baking dish, combine the olive oil, syrup, and salt, then add the strawberries and toss to coat.

Roast the berries for about 15 minutes.

Place the brie on an oven-proof serving dish. Gently heat the Brie using your microwave, or if you prefer, your oven. You just want to warm the Brie, not cook it; actrual baking of the brie isn’t necessary.

Top the Brie with the roasted strawberries, and serve with crackers or bread slices.

This brie was so good my husband actually devoured it!

If you don’t have the black pepper simple syrup, you could use a mild syrup like maple syrup and add some cayenne pepper.

Or, you can mix the roasted strawberries with a chutney and then add some white pepper.

By Published On: April 27th, 202058 Comments

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!

58 Comments

  1. Travel Gourmet April 27, 2020 at 6:08 AM - Reply

    I love baked cheese and that brie must be fabulous with those strawberries!

    • chef mimi April 27, 2020 at 6:46 AM - Reply

      It was so good! And a real treat.

  2. Francesca April 27, 2020 at 6:23 AM - Reply

    That looks very appealing Mimi.

    • chef mimi April 27, 2020 at 6:46 AM - Reply

      Thank you!

  3. Mary April 27, 2020 at 6:44 AM - Reply

    How I love baked Brie or Camembert. I haven’t had either of them with fruit but this looks divine. Have to wait for Summer now – darn, I’m always waiting for another season to come round.
    By the way your Green Goddess dressing was fabulous. Making more tomorrow.
    Thanks Mimi. :))

    • chef mimi April 27, 2020 at 6:47 AM - Reply

      Me, too! There’s something so indulgent and satisfying about warm cheese. Glad you like the GG dressing!

  4. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen April 27, 2020 at 8:07 AM - Reply

    This looks divine !!!!

    • chef mimi April 27, 2020 at 10:06 AM - Reply

      Thank you! It truly was.

  5. cookingwithauntjuju.com April 27, 2020 at 10:57 AM - Reply

    Great idea to use roasted strawberries – do you think Black Pepper Syrup would be considered an “essential item”? Off to Amazon… :)

    • chef mimi April 27, 2020 at 11:01 AM - Reply

      I forget the crazy store that had all of this crazy stuff that my daughter bought me. Like cumin water. If I were a mixologist I’m sure I could figure out how to make a cocktail utilizing this black pepper simple syrup. Hope you can find it!

  6. cookingwithauntjuju.com April 27, 2020 at 11:04 AM - Reply

    Nothing on Amazon and the manufacturer is out of stock. Food and Wine did give a recipe…

    • chef mimi April 27, 2020 at 11:07 AM - Reply

      Snuk Foods! I guess it’s closed, but they may have a website.

    • chef mimi April 27, 2020 at 11:09 AM - Reply

      Yes! You can place an order with them!

      • cookingwithauntjuju.com April 27, 2020 at 11:16 AM

        Thanks Mimi as I just ordered a bottle from Snuk! In addition to collecting cookbooks I also like to collect unusual and new ingredients.

      • chef mimi April 27, 2020 at 11:25 AM

        Good! I do, too. But then I have to remember to use them 😬

  7. Healthy World Cuisine April 27, 2020 at 11:04 AM - Reply

    Hiya Mimi! Can’t tell you how excited we are you just posted this. Just grabbed some groceries and have brie and fresh strawberries. Might have to substitute the black pepper syrup with maybe a little aged balsamic but can’t wait to try it.

    • chef mimi April 27, 2020 at 11:06 AM - Reply

      That will work just as well. You could always add some black pepper or even cayenne!

  8. Ronit Penso Tasty Eats April 27, 2020 at 2:26 PM - Reply

    I love baked Brie/Camembert, especially with a fruity topping.
    I don’t have black pepper syrup, but I’m thinking it can’t be that difficult to make at home. I’ll be working on it… :)

    • chef mimi April 27, 2020 at 2:48 PM - Reply

      Somebody actually found a recipe for it, but I don’t think it’s necessary. But it would be fun to make!

      • Ronit Penso Tasty Eats April 27, 2020 at 3:59 PM

        I agree. It seems it is plain simple syrup with some black peppercorns in it. I’m now thinking to make it with my four pepper mix. Could be even more interesting. :)

      • chef mimi April 27, 2020 at 4:00 PM

        Oooooh, that sounds great. I love the flavor or white and pink peppercorns.

      • Ronit Penso Tasty Eats April 27, 2020 at 5:38 PM

        Same here. It’s a great mix.

  9. Victoria April 27, 2020 at 3:51 PM - Reply

    This looks so delicious! I’m sure the creaminess of the brie and the sweetness that comes through from roasting the berries is a wonderful combination!

    • chef mimi April 27, 2020 at 3:52 PM - Reply

      I seriously had to fight my husband for some bites! It’s really a great combination!

      • Victoria April 27, 2020 at 8:29 PM

        That’s the best kind of ‘food fight’.

  10. Gerlinde April 27, 2020 at 6:53 PM - Reply

    You sure come up with some delicious food. I could dig into that Brie with the strawberries right now. I also like to collect unusual ingredients.

    • chef mimi April 28, 2020 at 6:33 AM - Reply

      Do you remember to use them? I’ve got some condiments I always forgot to check out, like I have a mushroom with cepes. Mushrooms mustard?! Can’t wait! Except I forget!

  11. Tandy | Lavender and Lime April 27, 2020 at 10:57 PM - Reply

    Strawberries and black pepper are a match made in heaven. Birthday blessings for Saturday.

    • chef mimi April 28, 2020 at 6:30 AM - Reply

      Aww thank you. It turned out to be a great day!

  12. Jeff the Chef April 28, 2020 at 7:53 AM - Reply

    Black pepper simple syrup

    • Jeff the Chef April 28, 2020 at 7:57 AM - Reply

      What I meant to write, before I prematurely hit the return key, was black pepper simple syrup! That alone sounds outstanding. I’ll have to see if I can make it at home. Aside from that, there’s nothing I like better than brie. Well, almost nothing. In fact, at my wedding, we ditched the idea of a cake and instead had a “cake” made of cheese wheels, and the second-to-the-top layer was a 4-lb wheel of brie. And I agree with you, it goes with anything from fruit to fungi.

      • chef mimi April 28, 2020 at 9:38 AM

        Yes. It’s pretty interesting, and it could be made easily. I remember your cheese cake! My kind of cake!

  13. Ann Coleman April 28, 2020 at 10:41 AM - Reply

    Thanks for this recipe! I’m no where near as good a cook as you (not even in the same universe) but I think I can manage this one. And since my two favorite foods are cheese and fruit, it’s certainly worth a try!

    • chef mimi April 28, 2020 at 10:43 AM - Reply

      Oh, mine, too! This is an easy recipe.

  14. Cynthia M Woodman April 28, 2020 at 12:18 PM - Reply

    sounds wonderful mimi! I love fruit and cheese together!

    • chef mimi May 16, 2020 at 7:37 AM - Reply

      thank you! It was a fabulous birthday eve treat!

  15. Raymund April 29, 2020 at 1:26 AM - Reply

    This is a perfect savoruy and sweet combination

    • chef mimi April 29, 2020 at 6:43 AM - Reply

      Thank you. We really enjoyed the combination!

  16. kitchenriffs April 29, 2020 at 9:51 AM - Reply

    Yeah, stinky cheese is the best! One of our greatest regrets at the moment is we can’t go visit our favorite cheese monger, and try samples of his various cheeses to decide exactly which ones we want to buy for a dinner. Anyway, love roasted strawberries, but have never paired them with brie. Terrific idea! Thanks.

    • chef mimi April 29, 2020 at 9:59 AM - Reply

      Thanks. It was really good, and it felt more healthy, since we were eating strawberries!

  17. Linger April 29, 2020 at 12:45 PM - Reply

    Oh my!!! The warm gooey cheese mixed with the roasted strawberries looks so fabulous. And I’m quite intrigued with the black pepper simple syrup. I’ve never seen such a thing. What an interesting addition to this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • chef mimi April 29, 2020 at 2:43 PM - Reply

      You are so welcome! I love this product, but I think you could steep simple syrup with peppercorns. Maybe crushed? Then strained?

  18. cookingontheweekends April 29, 2020 at 4:25 PM - Reply

    Mimi, it’s all I can do not to run out and get these ingredients immediately. If not for the quarantine I would. Looks AMAZING!! Lovely flavors. :-) ~Valentina

    • chef mimi April 29, 2020 at 4:28 PM - Reply

      Thank you Valentina! It was so good. I was quite pleased with myself!

  19. Kelly | Foodtasia April 30, 2020 at 11:20 AM - Reply

    Mimi, this dish is absolutely dreamy in every way! Love the black pepper syrup too – so cool! Adding the ingredients to my next food delivery – I can’t wait to scoop into that melty cheese with some crusty bread!

    • chef mimi April 30, 2020 at 3:56 PM - Reply

      It was so good. A perfect combination!

  20. sippitysup April 30, 2020 at 1:00 PM - Reply

    Gorgeous presentation! (PS I love Époisses too). GREG

    • chef mimi April 30, 2020 at 3:56 PM - Reply

      The best cheese ever!

  21. Sofia April 30, 2020 at 10:14 PM - Reply

    Wow this must taste amazing! Unfortunately my husband (who is French) hates Brie (yeah, whatever??) AND isn’t into cooked strawberries either. So I shall have to wait until the day we are completely over this Covid thing and he’s away on a trip then I shall make this for myself lol…

    • chef mimi May 1, 2020 at 11:35 AM - Reply

      What??? Jeez, these husbands… I think that’s why I enjoy blogging so much, because I get to make things I like, and not be limited only to what my husband wants, and hates!

  22. David Scott Allen May 1, 2020 at 9:56 AM - Reply

    I imagine that the black pepper simple syrup makes the entire dish! It’s funny how one small condiment can make such a difference. If I’m not mistaken, you made this for your birthday?

    • chef mimi May 1, 2020 at 11:31 AM - Reply

      I made it on my birthday eve, so I really didn’t cook anything on my birthday! I do on the rest of the 364 days of the year!!!

  23. Katerina Delidimou May 4, 2020 at 5:17 AM - Reply

    I love the combo of cheese and fruits especially when it is accompanied with a good semi sweet wine!

    • chef mimi May 5, 2020 at 4:27 PM - Reply

      Exactly! I opened a riesling for this. A bubbly would be good also.

  24. Shannon May 5, 2020 at 5:58 AM - Reply

    Ok, this is one gorgeous dish! Absolutely love cheese, and you’ve got such a winning combination here that I can’t wait to try! And I am so intrigued by the black pepper simple syrup, that sounds amazing. (Also, I’m so with you on the raclette! One of my favorite things ever since my good friend introduced me to it in Bordeaux a few years back!)

    • chef mimi May 5, 2020 at 4:22 PM - Reply

      Cheese is just such a fabulous food! And even better when melted!

  25. sherry May 15, 2020 at 11:51 PM - Reply

    black pepper syrup? how fascinating. never seen that before:) I love baked Brie, and i do use honey with it, but also rosemary and chopped nuts on top to give it a savoury spin.
    cheers
    S

    • chef mimi May 16, 2020 at 7:38 AM - Reply

      Oh, that sounds like a wonderful combination!

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