This 4-ingredient appetizer combines soft brie cheese, blackberry jam, sage, and crescent dough into easy-to-serve pinwheels. They look and tastes elegant, but are super simple to make.
I’m an equal opportunity cheese lover, but when it comes to entertaining, there’s just something about brie. I think it’s the fact that it’s so versatile — it’s delicious whether it’s spread on a cracker, baked and melty, or sliced right off of the wheel. I’ve always enjoyed brie with fruit because the flavors combine so well, whether it’s my brie and grape quesadillas, or a slice of brie cheese on a cracker, topped with fig jam.
This brie pinwheel appetizer is also very wine-friendly. It pairs perfectly with white wine at a summer-time picnic, and it would also pair nicely with a hearty glass of red at a holiday party. It’s a year-round party on a plate!
You only need four ingredients for this appetizer:
- store-bought crescent dough
- blackberry jam or preserves
- fresh sage
If you haven’t had sage and brie together before, you’re in for a treat. Just spread out the crescent dough, and top with the jam. Layer the slices of brie in vertical rows to make it easy to roll up. Starting with the short end, carefully roll up the dough.
Before you slice it, I recommend putting it in the freezer for about 30 minutes to allow it to harden just a bit. This will make slicing a LOT easier. Also be sure to use a very sharp knife when you’re slicing.
Tip: The pinwheels may look a bit messy and flattened when you first slice them, but don’t worry. Once they bake, they will take shape and fill out into a more rounded pinwheel shape.
Here’s the printable recipe:
Brie Cheese, Blackberry Jam, and Sage Pinwheel Appetizer
An easy, but elegant brie cheese appetizer that pairs beautifully with wine.
- 8 oz soft brie
- 1 pkg fresh sage
- 8 oz crescent dough
- 5 tbsp blackberry jam or preserves
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with nonstick foil. Place the crescent dough on top of the foil and smooth with your hands. Spread the dough with a thin layer of blackberry jam, leaving a border on all sides.
- Cut brie into 1/4 inch slices and place in rows on top of the jam (you'll use about 2/3 of the wheel). Sprinkle sage on top of the brie.
- Starting at the short end, carefully roll up the crescent dough. Place the cookie sheet with the rolled up dough into the freezer for about 30-40 minutes to allow it to harden (this will make slicing easier).
- Using a very sharp knife, slice the roll into 1/2 inch slices. Place on cookie sheet, spreading apart to allow for expansion.
- Bake at 350 for approx 10 minutes or until the dough is cooked and just starting to turn golden brown.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing to a separate platter. Serve warm or at room temperature.
One the pinwheels cool, they are easy to pack up for a picnic, a potluck, or any sort of party on the go. They look so elegant that nobody will believe how easy they were to make.