I love little bites.  Call them canapés, Hors d'oeuvres, finger food…or anything else, I say good things come in small packages.  And in this recipe video, I’ve got a really good one for you – a savory Apple and Brie bite that's scented with a bit of thyme.  I’ve made these for parties, but sometimes the mood strikes and I’ll make up a batch for just my wife and I.  They aren’t complicated to make, and only take about 20 minutes for a dozen or so.  Served up with a nice, crisp, glass of chardonnay, or sauvignon blanc, and I’m in heaven.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do. 

Recipe Overview and Keys to Success

  1. When sautéing the apples, you want to get a bit a color, but be careful not to overcook them.  They should still have a bit of bite/firmness.  You also want to make sure to season with salt and pepper…after all this is a savory, not sweet, bite
  2. Go easy on the cheese.  You don’t need a ton for the Brie to make an impact, and you want the other flavors to be able to come through.  I use just slightly more cheese than apple.
  3. The cracker matters.  I like to use very thin, very “plain” tasting crackers with a good crunch.  Rich buttery crackers, softer in texture, don’t work, as they tend to over power the other ingredients in both flavor and texture.


Ingredients (for about a dozen pieces)

  • 1 apple (I like Fuji)
  • ~4 ounces of brie cheese
  • 12 thin crackers
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Pinch of thyme
  • Orange jam or marmalade

Apple and Brie Hors d'oeuvre

  • Peel and slice the apples into ¼ inch thick, half moon shapes
  • Heat the butter in a non-stick sauté pan over medium heat, add the apples and season with salt and pepper
  • After a few minutes add the thyme and toss
  • Cook the apples until just slightly browned, and tender, but with a bit of a bite left in them, set aside to cool
  • While the apples cool, cut pieces of brie, and lay them on the crackers.
  • It’s tough to tell you how much brie per cracker, as I don’t know the size of your cracker.  I’d say cover about 3/4 of the cracker with a very thinly sliced piece of brie
  • Top the brie with 1 or 2 apple slices, depending on the amount of cheese
  • Add just a little dab (about the size of a pea) of the marmalade to the top of the apples
  • Season with salt and pepper, and you’re really to go

This little Hor d’oeuvre will be a hit at any party, or frankly with a bit of a salad, and maybe a few slices of good salami or prosciutto, you can make a meal.  Hope you enjoy it!!

Wine Recommendation: I think you can’t go wrong with either a fruity sauvignon blanc, paired against the apples, or even a buttery chardonnay that will hold up well to the brie.

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