Friday, November 30, 2012

Cranberry, Brie & Arugula Crostinis

It's already more than a week past Thanksgiving. But I have an issue with Thanksgiving, or any holiday meal really. My problem? It's appetizers. I love them and eat way too many. Then I'm full and can't truly appreciate the corn bake or sweet potatoes. First world problems, I know.
This Thanksgiving my brother-in-law made these amazing cranberry, brie and arugula crostinis. I could eat these for just a meal. So make a batch just for yourself. Or they would be perfect to make for a Christmas party. Win-win-win.

Cranberry, Brie and Arugula Crostinis

  • 1 French baguette
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 round Brie cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups homemade cranberry sauce**
  • 3 cups arugula
To Make:

1. Preheat oven to 350*. Slice baguette into 1/4 inch slices. Brush olive oil onto top side of slices and place on baking sheet. Bake in over for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

2. While slices are baking cut brie into thin slices (as many slices as pieces of bread you have). When bread is done remove from oven and place one slice of brie on each. Not necessary but its delicious if you put it back in the oven for just a few minutes to let brie melt a little more.

3. Put a spoonful of cranberry sauce and a few pieces of arugula on top and enjoy!

**to make cranberry sauce combine 1 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat until sugar is dissolved. Stir in 12 oz fresh cranberries and 2 tbsp orange zest or 2 slices or orange peel and bring to boil. Once boiling reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until cranberries start to release juices. Let sit until cool, then refrigerate.

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