Baked Brie Grilled Cheese with Apples, Pecans and Cranberries

This Baked Grilled Cheese with Apples, Pecans and Cranberries is creamy, sweet, nutty and has bursts of lemon and sage. Perfect for a cozy day!











  • ½ cup of diced apples
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh sage (picked & chopped)
  • ¼ cup of pecans (toasted & chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons of dried cranberries
  • The zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of apple butter or apple sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 8 slices of sourdough bread
  • 8 ounces of brie cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of butter


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Transfer your pecans to a baking sheet tray and toast them for about 5-7 minutes or until they are slightly colored and you can start to smell toasted pecans in your kitchen. Once toasted, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool at room temperature while you prepare the filling.
  3. Prepare the filling by dicing the apples into small dice (about the size of your pinky nail) and transferring them to a bowl. Pick and chop your fresh sage, then roughly chop the toasted pecans and add those to the apples. Add the dried cranberries, the apple butter, the salt, and the zest of the lemon. Mix everything to combine and evenly distribute the apple butter to bind the ingredients.
  4. Slice your sourdough bread into slices about the width of your pinky (or to your liking), and then slice your brie into thin slices.
  5. Assemble your grilled cheeses by adding 1-2 slices of brie on a slice of bread, followed by about ¼ cup of the filling, followed by another slice of brie, and the second piece of bread.
  6. Once all of the grilled cheeses are assembled, place a large non-stick skillet onto the stove and heat over medium heat. Heat the pan for about 20 seconds, and then add about one tablespoon of butter. Melt the butter in the pan and then place 2 of your assembled sandwiches in the pan and turn the heat down to medium-low heat. 
  7. Cook each sandwich for about 2-3 minutes or until the bread is golden-brown. 
  8. Once the bread that is face down in the pan is golden-brown, flip each sandwich and repeat the same process, adding another tablespoon of butter into the pan, until the other half is also golden-brown and the brie is melted inside the sandwich.
  9. Remove the cooked sandwiches from the pan and repeat the process on the remaining sandwiches.
  10. Serve warm.

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