How to Heat Brie in the Microwave

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On those occasions when you need a dinner party appetizer on the fly, a wheel of brie is your best friend. Skip the oven and pop it into the microwave instead. In less than five minutes, you'll have a Pinterest-worthy cheese plate to serve your guests.

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Prepare the Brie

Slice off the top rind of the brie wheel. This not only makes for a prettier presentation when you serve it, but it also allows for easier dipping.

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Line a microwave-safe plate with parchment paper and set the brie on top. The parchment paper will allow you to easily slide the brie onto a serving platter when it's done.

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Heat in Microwave

Set the microwave to high heat and place the brie inside. Following the correct cooking time is essential to getting the best result...

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Too Firm

If you microwave it for 1 minute, the result is a wheel of cheese that's too firm and disappointingly not spreadable onto a cracker.

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Image Credit: Trisha Sprouse

Too Soft

If you microwave it for 3 minutes, your wheel of brie becomes an oozing hot mess. Not that hot oozing cheese is the worst thing in the world, BUT you want it to retain its shape for a pretty presentation.

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Just Right

If you microwave your brie for 2 minutes, you end up with a perfectly melted wheel of cheese that is hot and bubbly on top but also keeps its beautiful round shape and offers the perfect cheese-pull factor.

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Image Credit: Trisha Sprouse

Garnish & Serve

The best thing about brie is that so many things pair well with it -- nuts, fruits, honey, herbs. Try a handful of pecans on the top, drizzled with honey, and serve it with your favorite cheese board accoutrements.

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