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Roasted Cranberry Crostini
Have you ever roasted cranberries before? They are so good when you do. Cranberries are one of my favorites for entertaining during the holiday season. I love things I can make ahead of time or have ready in case friends drop in.
These roasted cranberry crostinis are so festive. I served this appetizer with a Gallo Family Vineyards White Zinfandel wine. You’ll taste flavors of fresh strawberry and hints of sweet, white peach. You could also serve this appetizer with Cabernet Sauvignon. It combines tastes of blackberry and black currants. Either will really complement this appetizer well.
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For this recipe I didn’t add a lot of sugar because I wasn’t looking for this to be a sweet appetizer. These cranberries have just a perfect touch of tart. You can make the roasted cranberries the day before but don’t make the crostini until just before you are ready to serve. When you check the cranberries at about 10 minutes into the baking time; the cranberries should just be beginning to pop. I always love that sound when I cook cranberries.
- 12 oz. fresh cranberries
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- French bread
- garlic and chives cream cheese
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Spread cranberries out on the parchment.
- Sprinkle the sugar over the cranberries.
- Sprinkle the balsamic vinegar over the cranberries. Stir.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Take out of oven and stir to blend everything together.
- Put back in oven and bake for another 5 - 10 minutes. You want the juices to thicken up slightly.
- Slice the French bread into 1/4 inch slices. Place in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake for 5 minutes. Turn the bread over. Bake another 5 minutes. Remove from oven when they just start to turn a golden brown. Cool.
- To make crostini, spread a layer of the cream cheese on the bread. Top with some of the cranberry mixture. Serve.
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