How to Heat Brie in the Microwave

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...

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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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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