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Campfire Brie (Brie With Figs and Prosciutto)

by Emily
Campfire brie topped with rosemary and figs on a blue table cloth.

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In late summer, figs begin to appear in every grocery store and farmer’s market. These juicy fruits signal the closing of summer and the start of autumn. At this time of the year, our family still enjoys barbecuing and grilling while slowly incorporating fall flavorings into our diets. 

Campfire brie is the perfect late-summer appetizer to enjoy with a large group of people. Over the barbecue or campfire, you place a large round of brie in a cast iron. Then, you top it with fig jam, fresh figs, and prosciutto before adding a final drizzle of honey and/or balsamic glaze reduction. Honestly, as the evening cool there is nothing more perfect than sitting outside, enjoying a delicious appetizer, and a glass of wine. 

I hope you enjoy this campfire brie recipe (brie with figs and prosciutto)! 

Bright red embers shining among charcoal in a grill.
Beautiful Embers Shining Among Charcoal.

Campfire Brie Ingredients: 

Below, I list the ingredients used to make this dish:

  • Brie
  • Fig jam (I prefer ginger fig jam if you can find it!)
  • Figs
  • Prosciutto
  • Honey
  • Optional: balsamic glaze
  • Serving crackers or toasted bread
A side shot of a wheel of brie next to a sprig of rosemary.
First, You Need Brie!

Brie With Figs and Prosciutto Tips & Tricks:

Before we get to the recipe, I wanted to give some tips & tricks to help you make this delicious late-summer (or early-fall) dish! Let us know if these tips help you prepare this recipe at home! If you have any questions, leave a comment below or email me at carvingajourney@gmail.com.

A table set with toasted bread and glasses.
As You Cook the Brie, Make Sure to Toast Some Bread!

Campfire Brie Tips & Tricks:

  • Before you start building your brie, I recommend washing the figs to remove any potential pesticides or dirt from transportation. To do so, you can run them under cold water or soak them in a bit of baking soda for a few minutes. The baking soda trick allows the pesticides to leech out of the outer skin of the fig. You need approximately 1 tsp of baking soda for every 2 cups of cold water.
  • Next, I recommend cooking this dish in a cast iron skillet. Because you cook this dish over a campfire or grill, you need a pan that can safely handle the heat and smoke. Cast iron is safe for campfires and easy to clean! 
  • The bigger the brie the better for large parties! I like using brie that is approximately 1.5 lbs for groups of 6 to 8
  • When recipe testing this campfire brie recipe, about half the people liked the prosciutto cooked with the brie, while the other half liked the cold, softer prosciutto added to the brie once you remove it from the heat. Both taste delicious! Do what you prefer! 
Brie being cooked on the campfire in a cast iron skillet topped with figs, fig jam, prosciutto, and rosemary.
It Is so Easy to Cook Brie on the Campfire!
  • If you cook the prosciutto with the brie, add it to the skillet approximately halfway through the cooking time. If you add it at the same time as the brie, you may overcook the meat
  • If you are using a charcoal grill, add a little wood to the charcoal. This wood, such as cherry or pecan, adds flavors through the smoke
  • Finish the recipe with a drizzle of honey, balsamic reduction, or a combination of both!
  • I like serving this with toasted slices of baguette, but it also tastes delicious with crackers
  • When taking the cast iron off the grill, make sure to have a trivet prepared. The bottom of the skillet will be extremely hot!

Campfire Brie Frequently Asked Questions:

Now that we learned some tips & tricks for making this recipe, I want to answer some questions you may have as well! If I do not answer your question, feel free to leave a comment in the section below or email us at carvingajourney@gmail.com

Does This Recipe Contain Major Allergens? (Gluten, Soy, Etc.)

Excitingly, this recipe does not contain most of the major allergens. It does not contain gluten (wheat), soy, shellfish, fish, peanuts, tree nuts, or eggs. 

Unfortunately, for those with a milk allergy or lactose intolerance, this recipe’s main ingredient is brie, a type of cheese. It is impossible to make this recipe milk or lactose-free. 

An overhead side shot of the cast iron skillet filled with brie sitting next to toasted bread.
Doesn’t This Look Delicious?!

Is This Recipe Vegetarian or Vegan?

Unfortunately, this recipe is not vegan because it contains prosciutto, honey, and brie. 

Thankfully, for those who are vegetarian, you can eliminate the prosciutto and make this recipe! 

Where Do You Buy the Ingredients?

You can buy almost all of the ingredients year-round at your local well-stocked grocery store. The exception to this rule is figs, which you can typically only find when in season. 

When Is Fig Season? 

Technically, domestic (United States) figs have two seasons. The first season, known as the ‘breba’ season, is from late May through early June. The second, known as the ‘new wood’ season runs from August through October (or early November). 

A side shot of brie topped with figs and rosemary in a cast iron skillet.
How Do You Like Your Brie?

How Should I Store the Leftovers?

To store the leftovers, place them in an airtight container. Then, store the brie in the refrigerator. To reheat, take the brie out of the refrigerator and cook on the stove or low heat in the oven. 

I recommend eating within a few days because of the sliced figs! 

A photograph of a hang dipping toasted bread into the campfire brie.
Dig In!

I Hope You Enjoyed Learning How to Make This Campfire Brie Recipe!

In the end, I hope you enjoyed learning about this campfire brie recipe! If so, let me know in the comment section! 

If you would like to read more about cooking, you can find further recipes on this blog. I listed some of our favorite Carving A Journey recipes below! For reference, many recipes are influenced by my family’s blended Korean and Southern heritage.

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Campfire Brie (Brie With Figs and Prosciutto)

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Emily Course: RecipesCuisine: SouthernDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6-8

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Wheel 1 Brie, At Least 1.5 lbs

  • 16 16 Ripe Figs, Halved

  • 5 TBSP 5 Fig Preserves

  • 1 Sprig 1 Rosemary, Removed From the Stem

  • 4 Oz 4 Prosciutto

  • Honey, Honey, for Drizzling

  • Optional: Optional: Balsamic Glaze, for Drizzling

  • Optional: Optional: Cherry Wood

  • 1 1 Baguette, Sliced and Toasted

Directions

  • Before preparing your campfire brie, start your fire or grill. You can also add a bit of cherry wood to add flavor to your brie through the smoke.
  • After your fire is going, start building your campfire brie. Place the brie in your cast iron skillet. Then, top the brie with the fig preserves, halved figs, and rosemary. Place on the grill or over the fire. You will cook until the brie is melted. Covered, this takes approximately 10 minutes. Uncovered, it can take up to 20 minutes.
  • About halfway through the cooking process, you can add the prosciutto around the wheel of brie to cook. Adding the prosciutto earlier can cause it to overcook. Alternatively, if you rather not eat heated prosciutto, you can add it to the skillet after you remove the brie from the heat.
  • Once you remove the cast iron from the heat, drizzle with honey and/or the optional balsamic glaze. Garnish with a further spring of rosemary. Serve hot with toasted baguette slices.

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Dave September 4, 2022 - 8:37 am

Tried this for my football weekend appetizer. Fantastic!!!

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