Apricot and Pecan Topped Brie Appetizer (and a Bakeware Giveaway!)


Apricot and Pecan topped Brie



I’ve been working with Libby’s recently and I was so excited to be asked to create a Thanksgiving recipe using their product.  I chose to use Libby’s apricot halves.  Apricots are a favorite of mine.  I used to eat them with breakfast every day. Yum!

This appetizer couldn’t be simpler to make.  It has plenty of fall flavor too.  Apricots and pecans get spiced up with cinnamon, nutmeg and a splash of vanilla.  The warm fruit tops melty brie for an appetizer that your guests will love!  It will definitely keep them happy and willing to wait a bit longer for dinner.

(I’ve also got a fantastic giveaway at the end of this post, so keep reading!)

Here’s what you’ll need to make the appetizer:  

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Apricot and Pecan Topped Brie Appetizer

  • 8 – 10 oz Brie
  • 15 oz can Libby’s apricot halves
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  1. Scrape the top of the rind from the Brie with knife.
  2. Drain apricots and reserve juice.
  3. Chop apricots and place in small sauce pan.
  4. Add spices, vanilla and pecans to the pan.
  5. Heat to warm over medium heat.
  6. Place brie on microwave safe plate. Microwave for 30-45 seconds.
  7. Pour apricots over top of brie.
  8. Serve with crackers and sliced apples.

Apricot and Pecan Topped Brie Appetizer

 Bake Set Giveaway!

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Libby’s is providing this fantastic Bake Set from USA Pan for me to give to one of you!

To enter, just leave a comment telling me what new recipe you’d like to try for this Thanksgiving.

Giveaway is open to readers in the U.S.  You can enter through Sunday 11/10.  Winner will be contacted by email.

Bonus!  Libby’s “Cansgiving” Sweepstakes!

You can also enter the Cansgiving sweepstakes via FacebookTwitter or Instagram. Just submit a photo of what you are most thankful for this holiday season, and including the hashtag: #Cansgiving. Libby’s will award ten participants, chosen at random, with a grocery gift card (worth $350) each toward their family’s Thanksgiving feast, plus a prize pack of Libby’s fruit and vegetable products to help prepare the big meal.  The sweepstakes open at noon EST on Nov. 4, 2013, and end at 11:59 a.m. EST on Nov. 18, 2013. Official rules are available at www.getbacktotable.com starting November 4th.

Disclosure: I have been compensated by Libby’s for my time.  All opinions are my own.

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  1. I’d actually really like to try some sort of baked brie for Thanksgiving or maybe Christmas this year. I’ve never had it and they always look so tasty with the different topping options and also easy to throw together.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. I would like to try making Butternut Squash soup for Thanksgiving.

  3. Caramel Dumplings

  4. I would like to try to do a pumpkin roll!

  5. I go up to grandma’s so there isn’t too much room in the kitchen– I usually try and make a breakfast something– whether casserole or baked goods so that we can indulge a little–given that we focus so much on “dinner”. A butternut soup sounds yummy– thanks previous poster!!

  6. I would like to try cheesy zucchini casserole this holiday.

  7. I would like to a scalloped sweet potato recipe.
    Thank you for this recipe I can’t wait to try it …… I love apricots

  8. This apricot & pecan topped brie looks so good, I am going to try it for Thanksgiving! It’s definitely out of my family’s comfort zone, but looks pretty yummy to me. I’d also like to try a turkey breast in the crock pot, I’ve read it can be done and love cooking with my crock pot.

  9. I’m going to try actual honest to goodness homemade cranberry sauce this year.

  10. I would like a new vegetable recipe for the holidays. Preferably something that you could mix up ahead, then pop in the oven at the end.

  11. Oh the apricot topped Brie app looks amazing! I’d love to try it for Thanksgiving!

  12. Rose Sicurello says:

    I would like to try a pecan pumpkin pie saw a recipe in magazine. Sounds like a nice change from just plain pumpkin.

  13. Emily Adams says:

    I would love to apricot peach galette.

  14. A pumpkin roll!!

  15. Becka Loach says:

    I’d like to try a new pie recipe but I’m afraid my family might rebel if I don’t serve their old favorites!

  16. We are still trying to find the perfect stuffing/dressing recipe after deciding we prefer the turkey brined (not stuffable) and no longer using family recipes . . .

  17. Dawn Renee' says:

    I am defiantly trying a pumpkin cheesecake this year. NOT making the traditional pie, trying to start a new tradition.

  18. I am going to try my grandma’s Pecan Tassies recipe for the first time.

  19. I’d like to try to make an apple pie

  20. We always have the same menu on Thanksgiving, but I’d love to try this brie recipe and have it as a surprise appetizer.

  21. Randee Smith says:

    I would like to try a fruit dessert — maybe something with carmelized pears and cranberries. I’ve never tried carmelized pears, but it sounds interesting and would be something different than the usual pumpkin or apple Thanksgiving dessert.

  22. I’d love to try a new stuffing with chorizo for Thanksgiving.

  23. I would love to try a homemade peach pie.

  24. I would like to try to make some peanut brittle!

  25. How about something cajun? Gumbo or jambalya? If I could make in the crock pot, even better. Thanks

  26. I’d love to try a cranberry salad recipe this Thanksgiving. I’m not generally a big fan of cranberry salsa and the like, but I had a frozen cranberry salad a couple of Thanksgivings ago and it was AMAZING!

  27. Baked brie is something I had years ago at a Christmas Eve party and I’d love to try some. Maybe I could do a goat cheese “brie” on my own since it’s nicer to me these days.

  28. Tinker Kell says:

    We may try a baked French toast recipe for Thanksgiving weekend.

  29. I’d love to try a apple cinnamon bread pudding, or a pumpkin pie bread pudding!

  30. I would love to try this Brie appetizer. Yum!

  31. Vicki Olejarczyk says:

    I love to make desserts! Mastered pumpkin roll and banana roll this year maybe a chocolate roll
    or lady fingers!

  32. Michele Dunlap says:

    I would love to try making a new dessert. Maybe a pie or pumpkin roll.

  33. Deborah S says:

    I’m actually going to try a gluten free Pumpkin bread recipe…I am newly gluten free.

  34. I would’ve love to try a cranberry quinoa stuffing!!

  35. I would like a new healthier version of Sweet potatos. My husband loves them, but I dint usually make them.

  36. Since I’m in charge of bringing an appetizer, I’d love to try this baked brie!

  37. I would like to try some cheesy, crispy, sweet potatoes this year!

  38. I would like to try a Cheese Ball recipe as an appetizer. I love them but have never made one.

  39. Dana Coughlin says:

    I would love to try your Apricot Pound Cake.

  40. I would love to make a pumpkin creamcheese roll.

  41. I’m wanting to try something different with the sacred turkey this year. Thinking about brining then using some different spices. Also wanting to try possibly a squash soup for an appetizer.

  42. I’m planning on trying pear pie!!

  43. A none traditional pumpkin pie!

  44. Definitely a pork tenderloin recipe.

  45. Dottie Allen says:

    I will try to do a crockpot breakfast strata for Thanksgiving morning.
    Also, I would love a recipe for Cranberry nut bread. My mother in law used to make one with a can of cranberry sauce, but when she passed, she hadn’t written down any of her recipes. My attempts have been sad.

  46. I’d love to try some crazy boiled egg recipe…either regular boiled eggs with a filing or a dip!

  47. Becky Sutton says:

    Green Bean Casserole

  48. Becky Sutton says:

    Green Bean Casserole

  49. shannon cox says:

    I am going to try making pumpkin pie/cake without sugar or wheat flour this year. I’m trying stay away from flour and simple carbs for a while. I read a recipe that calls for coconut flour or almond flour in place of wheat flour and honey in place of sugar. We’ll see.

  50. I’d like to try my hand at a pumpkin roll. Love them, but have never tried making one.

  51. I’m going to try a new gluten free stuffing (dressing) this year.

  52. I’d love to try roasted vegetables or a savory bread pudding, in place of one of old standbys!

  53. Katrina L says:

    I would love to try making a crumb cake. They taste so yummy, but I have never made one myself.

  54. Melanie Gordon says:

    I’d love to make some cakes and new desserts for the holidays.Im on the lookout for new pans,my old ones rusted from a busted pipe in my cabinet 🙁

  55. Annette Herbst says:

    I would really like to try a pumpkin rehearsals

  56. I want to try a corn casserole and a sweet potato pie! This cookware looks awesome!

  57. Mainly want to try out some new Green Bean recipes—

  58. Cj Hensley says:

    I’d really like to try my hand at a layered sweet potato casserole I just found the recipe for. woot woot! Desperately need new pans, haha

  59. Dee Lawrence says:

    carmel dumplings

  60. Jennifer Essad says:

    Actually our family has never really had soup for a course during our holiday meals – we’ve always made soup the meal in our family. I would love to try making a Butternut Squash Soup or an Onion Soup for this Thanksgiving

  61. Great pans! I’d love a set!
    I am going to try a Sweet Potato Pie for Thanksgiving. I may be the only one to try it, but it’s going to be on my menu!

  62. Katie Ault says:

    I would like to try to make a potato casserole.

  63. Adrienne Barnes says:

    I’d love to make a healthy sweet potato casserole so I could actually eat some!

  64. I love apricots and pecans and I have never tried brie so this is one recipe that I will have to try thanks for the combination of flavors I will divinely have to try this for thanksgiving

  65. Would love to try a cheesecake!

  66. Stephanie says:

    I am looking for a new vegetable side dish. And, I plan to make oven roasted brussel sprouts this year.

  67. Katrina S says:

    I want to try some sort of hot potato salad – we had one years ago that was SO good, and I never got the recipe… but it had cheese and bacon and green onions, and it was excellent!

  68. Sally Smallwood says:

    I would like to try some new vegetable recipes this year.

  69. Laura Bradham Frisch says:

    I too am looking for a great veggie side dish as we have more and more folks either watchign what they eat or eating paleo as well.

  70. I want to try a new Paleo pumpkin pie recipe this thanksgiving. We are starting to lower the amount of grains we use in our family and I’d love to be able to make pumpkin pie healthier this year. http://thepaleomama.com/2013/10/paleo-pumpkin-pie/

  71. lisa powell says:

    I think I would like to try this one! Baked brie is wonderful and this twist sounds awesome!

  72. I am definitely trying this Brie recipe – always looking for something new & different to hold over the appetites of my Thanksgiving guests! This looks like the perfect started to our Thanksgiving dinner! Can’t wait to try it – having 5 boys, I’m sure there will be ZERO left!! 🙂

  73. Andrea D. says:

    I am going to try a new pumpkin pie recipe for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  74. Laura Cross says:

    My husband & I are trying to lose weight and saw and Cornbread & Sausage stuffing recipe in Weight Watcher’s new issue that I plan on trying. I grew up in the South, so Cornbread Stuffing has always been my favorite, but was high in fat (lot’s of butter). This recipe looks much better.

  75. Beth Wechter says:

    I am going to try this brie for Thanksgiving!! Thanks!

  76. Amelia Forbush says:

    I wanna try the Caramel Apple Pie for thanksgiving!! 🙂

  77. Cathy George says:

    I am wanting to try a new salad recipe for Thanksgiving. I love our traditional dishes but it’s always exciting to try something new!

  78. My family likes the traditional type of Thanksgiving. I like a recipe for carmelized carrots, or creamed baby onions. I make mashed potatoe and mix it with rutabaga and of couse lots of butter.

  79. I’m going to try using soy milk in the sweet potato casserole this year since our baby’s allergic to milk.

  80. Home made cranberry sauce

  81. I have always wanted to make cranberry sauce using whole fresh cranberries.

  82. I’d love my wife to make us fresh pumpkin pie instead of the frozen ones.

  83. I would like to make some pumpkin bread!

  84. would love to try and bake an apple+walnut+raisin+citrus cake! ty for the chance…

  85. I think I’d like to try this brie recipe for dinner tonight. And trust me, I could eat the whole thing as my meal!!

    We usually stick the basically the same menu every Thanksgiving, since many of the dishes are ONLY prepared for Thanksgiving, and we wait all year for them. But, I’m going to try and add something gluten-free, since my brother just discovered he needs to follow a gluten-free diet.

  86. Jessica Smith says:

    OOhhhh!! New bakeware! Always fun. I would like to try some new bread recipes this year for Thanksgiving!

  87. Alicia Alcorn says:

    I am finally going to make the Bourbon Sweet Potatoes I have had my eye on for nearly 3 years. It would be great to make them in a new pan instead of my scratched up old rusty ones. 😉

  88. I would like to try to make an appetizer. We really like brie, but I have never baked any. We had one once in a restaurant in Galveston Texas that was really good. Light golden crust, creamy brie served with fresh fruit on the side. The restaurant was destroyed during Ike.

  89. Yesterday I was watching The Chew and Clinton made this: http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/Spicy-Broccoli-Cauliflower-Gratin-Clinton-Kelly and oh my goodness I want to try it…it looked so cheesey and yummy!

  90. Ashley Vazquez says:

    That brie appetizer actually sounds perfect and right up my husband and I’s alley! 🙂

  91. Well I made a Pumkin and Cheesecake to see how it went and it went fast so I’m going to make it again for Thanksgiving. I would like to win the new pans but if not just go out and buy some.

  92. Kyra Gorski says:

    Turducken………..going to take a lot of work, but it looks so good.

  93. Susan Broughton says:

    Well this is a good question for me. I have been searching high and low for recipes with no or low sugar. Because of health reasons I can no longer eat much sugar or carbs so I am investigating recipes that I can do for Thanksgiving. It seems like everything we eat is either sugar or carbohydrates especially around the holidays. So I will be trying out new low or no sugar and carb recipes, that is if I can find any that sounds halfway good.

  94. Nataly Carbonell says:

    Pecan pies!

  95. I am looking for do-ahead recipes for all the appetizers, side dishes and desserts so I can spend more time with my guests rather than in the kitchen!

  96. Jeannette T. says:

    I’d like to try making a pumpkin roll.

  97. Shannon S. says:

    I would love to make the brie, I have never had it before but it looks so good.

  98. Joanne Gregory says:

    I would like to try a squash bake in a pumpkin.

  99. I made a pumpkin soup a long time ago, and I’ve been wanting to try again.

  100. I’d like to make homemade yeast rolls.

  101. We have reached a milestone in our family. this will be the first time one of our adult kids, and his wife, will be hosting Thanksgiving. This is the first of the children who have come to the point in life that they want to move forward with a naturally evolving tradition. SO! Since my husband and I will be guests instead of hosts for the first time in a very long time, I’m hoping to make Apple Pie (Grain-Free, Paleo, Gluten Free). That is, unless our daughter-in-law has a specific dish she wishes us to contribute! I’ve seen these baking pans several times over the past month or so and have drooled just a little every time. Oh the things we could make! 😀

  102. I will be making this appetizer for Thanksgiving, thank you very much!!! It looks amazing! I would love to win the baking pans! Love your blog. Thanks so much for all your hard work.

  103. Pam Gurganus says:

    A new recipe I’d like to try this Thanksgiving is this Green Bean Casserole from The Recipe Critic! http://therecipecritic.com/2013/10/green-bean-casserole/

  104. This Thanksgiving we will probably try all sorts of new dishes. I think some new roasted veggie recipes would be great! Maybe a pie too, a variation on pumpkin. A new baked brie recipe, the last one I did was a hit- brown sugar and whiskey with almonds.

  105. Maple-glazed roasted sweet potatoes with pecans is my list to make for Thanksgiving.

  106. Got to make the traditional homemade cranberry sauce and creamed corn cornbread. My pans definitely need replacing!

  107. I will be making Pecan Tassies and Pecan Pie.

  108. Jennifer Hedden says:

    I would like to try Vanilla Pear Walnut Bread this Thanksgiving. Thank you.

  109. Alana Tomlin Denton says:

    I would love to make a pumpkin cream cheese roll from scratch! Someone made one for me and I loved it! Also have never tried brie, but that looked yum!

  110. Sharon Harding says:

    Bread pudding with sauce sounds welcoming for the holidays!

  111. Kathy Scott says:

    Cranberry Swirl Bread

  112. A new dressing! My mom’s is fabulously delicious but loaded with unhealthy canned soup and other vegetables. I would love to try a healthier just as tasty version!

  113. Lara Noble says:

    I am hoping to try a great sweet potato dish. I know, sounds simple, but I’ve never made sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Maybe I can find a recipe on your website! 🙂

  114. I want to make a Butternut Squash Lasagna for the vegetarians at our Thanksgiving Table this year…..Well, everyone else too!

  115. I purchased pumpkins this year and am gonna make fresh homemade pies and breads for hostess gifts this holiday season. Enjoy your posts!

  116. I would definitely try this Brie/apricot recipe, It looks yummy!

  117. Monica Young says:

    I’m not much of a baker but I’d love to find a good recipe for some pineapple upside down cake 🙂

  118. Leslee Machado says:

    I would like to try a squash recipe. I’m keeping a lookout for a good one to come along this month.

  119. I would love to make home made rolls like my grandmother used to make.

  120. I’d like to try making pumpkin soup.

  121. Lori Burkhart says:

    I want to try roasting vegetables and then cinnamon rolls

  122. ok this may sound weird but I have never had a sweet potato – I guess I would just bake them in the oven? Well anyway this year I am going to buy some and see what I can do with them

  123. Twice-baked sweet potatoes!

  124. Connie Thoene says:

    The Brie apricot sounds delicious!

  125. Patricia C says:

    I would like to try a pumpkin cheesecake

  126. I would like to try pumpkin cheesecake for dessert this year!

  127. I want to try making a squash pie. My neighbor gave me some acorn squash from his garden, and I’ve heard they make great pies. Thank you for the giveaway.

    (I’ve never eaten Brie-sad, I know! Looks delicious though.)

  128. I’m going to learn how to make my Mom’s Southern-Style Cornbread Dressing. I’ve always been the one to bring the paper products for Thanksgiving Dinner).

  129. Kathy Gonzalez says:

    The Brie sounds good except I don’t like apricots. I would like a really good cranberry sauce recipe this year for Thanksgiving. I would also like a good bread stuffing recipe with no cornbread or oysters. My sister-in-law made one 2 years ago that was fantastic but she got hers from two different recipes and couldn’t repeat it. 🙁

  130. Craig Clarkson says:

    as cliche as it may sound – I want to make a pumpkin pie from scratch.

  131. I want to try some new appitizers. We eat the same spinach dip each year. I will do a test run of the baked brie ahead of time to see how many I will need to make. It looks super scrumptious!

  132. I seriously need to learn how to make gravy from the drippings.

  133. I’m going to try corn pudding, because believe it or not, I’ve never made it before!

  134. Rodney Meeks says:

    Bake some great dressing to go with the baked turkey! Thanks for this great contest! HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY!!!!!

  135. I would love to try to make my grandmothers sweet potato recipe this thanksgiving.

  136. Joan Cannon says:

    I have always wanted to try to make a brie appetizer but was afraid to try. Your Apricot and Pecan Topped Brie Appetizer recipe looks good enough to make me want to do it!

  137. I’d actually like to try making a turkey for thanksgiving! Someone else has always made the turkey before, so I would like to be the one to try out a turkey recipe this year 🙂

  138. Ivan McKinnon says:

    Baked Cream Cheese Corn with Crumbled Bacon for sure!!

  139. cole mckinnon says:

    Baked Cream Cheese Corn with Crumbled Bacon!

  140. i would like to make a breakfast casserole with apples, cinnamon and “fall spices”…but i would also like to do a stuffed french toast with brie or cream cheese and “fall-ish” spices

  141. I am going to try this brie appetizer! I am going to a party and was asked to bring an appetizer, and this looks easy and delicious.

  142. Shirley Franklin says:

    A combination sweet potato/pumpkin pie. I’ve seen some great recipes I’d love to try!

  143. Beth Rees says:

    I would love to try a creme brulee

  144. I would love to do a pumpkin challah bread pudding for breakfast and make some pumpkin scones for dessert or for coffee after dinner. There are tons of recipes I would love to make if I won these pans. 🙂

  145. Michelle Jenkins says:

    I’m going to make the Brie appetizer!

  146. Brenda A. says:

    I would love to try a pumpkin cream pie this year.

  147. James Kennedy says:

    I’d make an incredibly delicious Apple Strudel with these new pans if I’m chosen to be the lucky one!

  148. I think I would like to try a pumpkin cheesecake. I’d also love to bring out a fairly new Brussels Sprout recipe, but since our Thanksgiving gathering is huge and the recipe is made on the stove top…I’ll probably save it to make with all those lovely leftovers. 🙂

  149. Shannon Greathouse says:

    I would like to do a pumpkin cheesecake this year.

  150. I think THIS recipe would make a wonderful Thanksgiving appetizer, so it’s going on my list! mmmm apricots and brie.

  151. I want to try a new cranberry sauce recipe!

  152. I would love to try a pumpkin-pecan pie. I tried it at a restaurant while out of town earlier this year, and I have been craving it since. A traditional pumpkin pie with the traditional pecan pie topping. It seemed so simple, but, trust me, it was utterly delicious.

  153. Doris Reed says:

    I would like to try to pumpkin cupcakes.

  154. Melanie Dee says:

    I’d like to make a gluten free sweet potato pie this year. Last year I did the bacon wrapped turkey my aunt told me she make hers with onion slices under the bacon layer I’d like to give that a go that this time `round!

  155. I’m going to try some sort of savory baklava with rosemary and goat cheese.

  156. Connie Shafer says:

    The Brie Appetizer looks incredible, we would try this on Thanksgiving to keep everyone tied over til dinner was ready!

  157. chris conanan says:

    cauliflower mashed potatoes sounds good.My coworker told me about it

  158. Crystal Irvin says:

    I would love to try the baked brie recipe for this year holiday at my house for the first time!

  159. Sheila Vives says:

    I would like to find a new really good vegetable casserole to try. We need a change.

  160. Joan Gales says:

    I’m think I would like to try to make the Brie appetizer! This one sounds wonderful and I believe we would love it.

  161. Natalie yeoman says:

    This dessert called sex in a pan it looks so good!


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