Cinnamon Persimmon Bacon Baked Brie is warm, smoky, sweet and over-the-top delicious! It’s the most scrumptious holiday appetizer your guests could hope for!This is a show stopper, my friends! Your Thanksgiving guests will be in wowed before they even sit down to the main course.
Just look at these stunning ingredients . . . how could they not result in perfection?Oozing, warm brie cheese, blended with the smoky flavor of bacon and sweet onion and persimmon — all laced with the scent of cinnamon — oh my!
Right out of the oven, this can be spread over thin slices of a baguette, and the baking time is only 7 minutes. If you happen to let it go too long, no worries! It’ll then be like a dip, which is also fantastic — though not quite as lovely a presentation. 😉
Cinnamon persimmons are native to China and Japan and get their name from their speckled flesh. This variety can be likened to both the Fuyu and Hachiya combined with a sprinkling of cinnamon. I love it!
Cinnamon persimmons are great when they’re both, slightly firm or soft. They’re also super delicious to eat on their own or in salads.
If I were you, I’d seriously consider serving this anytime this fall or winter, if not on Thanksgiving! You’ll be a star! (In my humble opinion, of course!)
Enjoy!This is not a sponsored post. Thank you to Melissa’s produce for the Cinnamon persimmon samples!
- 2 strips applewood smoked bacon
- ¾ cup finely chopped yellow onion
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
- ¾ cup diced Cinnamon persimmon
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 (approximately ¾-pound) firm brie wedge
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, adjust a rack to the center and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Add the bacon strips to a medium-sized sauté pan and place it over medium heat. Cook until it's golden and crispy, a few minutes per side. Set it aside on a double layer of paper towels to drain.
- Add the onion to the pan. (If there isn't a thin layer of bacon grease in the pan, add a bit of olive oil.) Sauté, stirring frequently, until the onions are soft and golden, about 10 minutes.
- Add the thyme and cook until it's aromatic, about 30 seconds. Turn the heat to low-medium and mix in the persimmons.
- Crumble or finely chop the bacon and add it to the pan. Add the cinnamon and season to taste with salt and pepper, stir and let it cool to room temperature. (Here's How to Season to Taste.)
- Slice the brie in half horizontally from the tip to the rind, being sure not to cut all the way through, and place it on the parchment lined baking sheet.
- Gently lift the top half of the brie and add about ½ to ¾ of the persimmon mixture, in an even layer. Then add the rest on top.
- Drizzle with the honey and place in the preheated 350 degree F oven just until the cheese begins to melt, 5 to 7 minutes.
- Serve with crackers or a sliced, toasted baguette.