Looking for an easy appetizer that can double as dinner? Try these Mini Blackberry Brie Naan Pizzas. They are cheesy, tart, savory and pair perfectly with a glass of wine. I made these for a a girls night and they were a hit!
Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:
- Stone fire Naan rounds or premade flatbread crust (I like Trader Joe’s)
- caramelized onions (learn how to make the best in this blog post)
- triple creme brie, the creamier the better
- fresh blackberries
- chopped walnuts
- Balsamic drizzle, I like to use Delallo Foods
- fresh thyme for garnish
If you’ve never made caramelized onions, check out this blog post where I break down everything you need to know about making caramelized onions. The flavors of the caramelized onions are what tie all of the other flavors together.
Caramelized onions can be made a day in advance and stored in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble and bake the the pizzas. That’s exactly what I did to prep these mini pizzas – made the caramelized onions the night before and assembled and baked these pizzas right before my friends arrived.
Wines for pairing:
It’s no lie I love sipping on a good glass of wine while enjoying tasty snacks. Blackberries pair perfectly with both white and red wines depending on your preference. I am certainly not a trained wine professional so take what I say with a grain of salt, but here are some suggestions:
Tip: Harder cheeses go will with wines that are more tannic and salty cheeses go well with sweet wines.
- Pinot Noir [my pick]: these varietals are generally light-bodied with a touch of fresh fruits, sometimes even blackberries. Pinot Noir also pairs nicely with brie because of the earthly flavors. A good Pinot Noir won’t leave your palette feeling overpowered with the the flavors from the mini pizzas.
- Merlot [what the pros say]: a more medium-bodied wine that have notes of berries. Merlot pairs nicely with any type of berry or fruit, but “International Style” merlots go particularly well with blackberries.
Blackberries go well with sweet wines such as a Riesling, but I don’t care for sweet wines too much. For the white pairing, I relied more on the cheese flavors.
- Sauvignon Blanc [my pick]: light and fruity, and pairs well with soft cheeses. Sauv Blanc has forever been my white wine of choice. I will tell you as long as it’s warm outside, it pairs well with everything! 😉 Like I said, I’m no pro, I just like what I like.
- Chardonnay [what the pros say]: The buttery flavors of the Chardonnay mixed with the creamy melted brie. Mmmmm mmmm perfection. Brie is rich and gooey cheese while Chardonnay is bright and acidic, which provides a nice balance without being too overwhelming.
If you’re feeling a mixture of both, then just go with a Rose made with Pinot Noir grapes and you can’t go wrong.
Can you tell I’m excited about these mini pizzas?? Promise me that you will make these Mini Blackberry Brie Pizzas this summer because they are berry berry good!
Mini Blackberry Brie Pizzas
- 6 Stone fire Naan rounds
- 1 medium sweet onion
- 2 tbsp butter
- triple creme brie
- ½ cup blackberries
- ½ cup walnuts chopped
- Balsamic drizzle
- fresh thyme for garnish
- Melt butter in a nonstick skillet and sauté onions approximately 15-20 minutes until onions are golden brown. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place naan rounds on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle each round with olive oil.
- Top with brie slices. Add caramelized onions, blackberries, and chopped walnuts to each naan round.
- Place in preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes until cheese is melted.
- Drizzle with balsamic glaze and garnish with fresh thyme sprigs. Enjoy!
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I’d love to hear from you once you get the chance to make this recipe. Leave a comment below with your review or any modifications you made! And don’t forget to tag @rightbackspatula on Instagram if you take any pictures!
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