Toasted Brie Cranberry Crostini

Toasted Brie Cranberry Crostini

Toasted Brie Cranberry Crostini

Easy cranberry Brie appetizer | Recipe and photography by Rebecca Firth, Displaced Housewife

  • People: 8
  • Prep/Cook Time: 60 min
Toasted Brie Cranberry Crostini

Easy cranberry Brie appetizer | Recipe and photography by Rebecca Firth, Displaced Housewife

  • People: 8
  • Prep/Cook Time: 60 min

Ingredients

For the Cranberries
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Ruby Port wine
  • 3/4 cup Mariani Dried Cranberries
  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 orange or tangerine, juice and zest
  • 1 ½ teaspoons five-spice powder
To Assemble
  • 1 large baguette, sliced on the diagonal, ½-inch thick (at least 16 slices)
  • Good quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces good quality triple cream brie, cut into 16 equal-size portions

Instructions

For the Cranberries
  • In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, add the brown sugar, water, Port and Mariani Dried Cranberries and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by half.
  • Add in the cranberries, fresh orange juice + zest and five-spice powder, stirring to coat, and simmer for 5 minutes more or until most of the cranberries are still plump and only a few may have popped.
  • Pour into a heat-safe bowl to cool completely. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container until ready to use.
To Assemble
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Brush bread with the olive oil, place on a baking sheet, and bake until pale golden, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • Turn on the broiler.
  • Put a piece of brie over each toasted bread slice (keeping them on the baking sheet) and place the baking sheet under the broiler for 1-2 minutes or until the cheese is warm and slightly melted.
  • Top with a dollop of cranberries and serve immediately.
  • OPTIONAL: If you want to lean into the holiday vibes and are looking for a gorgeous garnish, top each crostini once out of the oven with a small piece of candied orange peel.
  • TIP: The cranberries and toasted bread can be made ahead of time. Broil with the brie and top with the cranberries just prior to serving.

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