Port balsamic red onion jam and brie canapés is a great dish to serve for the holidays. If you’re hosting a party, these can be ready to serve as soon as your guests walk through the door.


Port Balsamic Red Onion Jam and Brie Canapés by Diverse Dinners


Once you’ve created the red onion jam, the rest is very easy. Other than red onions, the jam is made with honey, port, thyme and balsamic vinegar. This wonderful combination is the crowning glory on top of a sliced baguette and triple creme brie. 

This is such a yummy combination. The sweetness of the jam balances out the rich soft cheese, and the crusty bread is the perfect base for such an indulgent combination.

I love, love, love brie, especially triple creme brie, it’s my Saturday night indulgence when I’m home alone and have a good bottle of red wine available. 

Port balsamic red onion jam and brie canapés pair really well with either red wine or champagne, or a champagne cocktail. Nothing too complex though otherwise you will mask the flavor of the brie, which would be a travesty.


Port Balsamic Red Onion Jam and Brie Canapés by Diverse Dinners


Are you hosting a New Year’s Eve party? Port balsamic red onion jam and brie canapés would be a nice addition to your menu. You can make the red onion jam well in advance which will allow you to concentrate on other more complex dishes.

Give this recipe a try the next time you have a crowd come to visit. You need to allow approx. 2-3 canapés per person, that’s it. This dish should be savored, it is a rich cocktail bite and should be served sparingly.


Port Balsamic Red Onion Jam and Brie Canapés

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Servings: 18 - 20


  • 4 medium red onions
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup honey - plust 2 tsp
  • 1/4 cup ruby port
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 french baguettes
  • 1 lb triple creme brie

Equipment & Utensils

  • large saucepan with cover
  • large baking tray


  • Peel and slice onions very thin
  • Heat olive oil in a pan on high heat then add onions.
  • Cook until scent releases then add salt and pepper.
  • Add 1/4 cup of honey and port and stir until the ingredients begins to bubble.
  • Add thyme and stir, then cover and lower heat to low.
  • Allow ingredients to cook until flavors are combined (approx. 5 mins).
  • Raise heat to medium and add a further 2 tsp of honey and continue to cook for approx. 10 mins until liquid reduces by 1/3
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Cut baguettes into 1 inch slices and lay them out on a baking tray.
  • Slice brie (approx. 1/4 inch) and place on top of bread.
  • Place in a preheated oven at 400 and allow brie to melt just a little.
  • Remove from oven then top with red onion jam and serve


If you have one, use a mandolin to slice the onions