What Is a Brie Sandwich?

M. Chambers
M. Chambers
Fresh basil leaves are often used to add flavor to a brie sandwich.
Fresh basil leaves are often used to add flavor to a brie sandwich.

A brie sandwich is a type of sandwich that contains brie cheese as a component, and many times, will also contain ham, chicken, vegetables, or sauce. This type of sandwich can be eaten cold or grilled, and there are a variety of different ways to prepare it. The rind of the brie cheese may be cut off or left on when served in the sandwich, as the rind is edible. Along with brie cheese and meats, this type of sandwich often contains various spices such as thyme and black pepper.

Sliced meats like ham and turkey are common in brie sandwiches.
Sliced meats like ham and turkey are common in brie sandwiches.

A soft French cheese, brie is used in a variety of foods and dishes all around the world. This cheese is ideal for sandwiches because it is mild and can be paired with many different vegetables, meats, and spices. When using brie cheese in a sandwich, the cheese can be eaten alone with just bread and condiments such as olive oil, mustard, or balsamic vinegar. It is more common to add meats such as ham and turkey, however. Vegetables and fruits such as roasted cherry tomatoes, granny smith apples, and spinach are also commonly added to a brie sandwich.

A variety of vegetables, including bell peppers, may be added to a brie sandwich.
A variety of vegetables, including bell peppers, may be added to a brie sandwich.

As with most sandwiches, a brie sandwich can be eaten cold, toasted, or grilled. A cold sandwich is ideal when using ingredients such as turkey, ham, and fruit preserves. The sandwich can also be grilled with meat and vegetables, and often times, other cheeses such as cheddar and Swiss cheese can be added. Fresh herbs and spices such as basil, parsley, and thyme can also be used to add more flavor the the sandwich.

Spinach and other leafy greens can be used to create a vegetarian brie sandwich.
Spinach and other leafy greens can be used to create a vegetarian brie sandwich.

Unlike many other cheeses, brie cheese is often eaten with fruit. It is common to add sliced pears, apples, and fruit preserves to a brie sandwich. These fruits can be eaten with just the brie or can be paired with meat. Fruit preserves made with raspberries, apples, and apricots are also used in many brie sandwiches and other recipes that contain brie.

Tomatoes and onions can perk up a brie sandwich.
Tomatoes and onions can perk up a brie sandwich.

Brie pairs well with almost any type of sandwich meat. The most common meats to use are chicken, turkey, ham, sausage, and bacon. Fish, crab, and lobster can also be added to this type of sandwich. Those who prefer to eat the sandwich with no meat can add various vegetables like spinach, tomato, onion, and bell peppers to the cheese. Fresh garlic also can be used to add more flavor to a brie sandwich.

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    • Fresh basil leaves are often used to add flavor to a brie sandwich.
      By: Natika
      Fresh basil leaves are often used to add flavor to a brie sandwich.
    • Sliced meats like ham and turkey are common in brie sandwiches.
      By: Denis Tabler
      Sliced meats like ham and turkey are common in brie sandwiches.
    • A variety of vegetables, including bell peppers, may be added to a brie sandwich.
      By: Malyshchyts Viktar
      A variety of vegetables, including bell peppers, may be added to a brie sandwich.
    • Spinach and other leafy greens can be used to create a vegetarian brie sandwich.
      By: mates
      Spinach and other leafy greens can be used to create a vegetarian brie sandwich.
    • Tomatoes and onions can perk up a brie sandwich.
      By: Profotokris
      Tomatoes and onions can perk up a brie sandwich.