Southern Mom Loves: Entertaining in a Snap: Creamy Brie & Tart Cranberry Crostini

Entertaining in a Snap: Creamy Brie & Tart Cranberry Crostini

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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For me, the holidays are all about entertaining. There's nothing better than visiting and being visited by friends and family this time of year. I always keep the makings for quick and easy nibbles in the kitchen just in case I get a visitor and these Brie & Cranberry Crostini are a breeze to whip up and will tempt any guest. Keep reading to find out what to keep in the pantry for these quick, melty cheese treats!

If you're a fan of Brie (and who isn't?!), these little bites will bowl you over. They're warm, crunchy, creamy, tart, savory, sweet, and salty all at the same time and will send your taste buds reeling. If you can stop after one (...or three) then you have more willpower than I do.


Toasted slices of french bread are piled high with slices of Brie, a dollop of cranberry sauce, and topped with a salted pecan, then broiled until the brie is creamy and melty. I'm using a multigrain French loaf full of seeds and grains for an even nuttier taste.


I'm making them in my new Calphalon Precision Control Countertop Oven. Smaller, countertop ovens heat up much more quickly than the big oven and the baking is faster and more precise, too. 


Calphalon is the byword for quality in cookware (They're the #1 cookware brand in the US!), so I was excited to see their brand new (and exclusive to Target) appliance line.


You know if it's from Calphalon that it will be durable, cook precisely, and look good doing it, too, and now you can get premium Calphalon countertop ovens, blenders, grills and more in a sleek matte black finish that will elevate your kitchen.


Their countertop oven uses Quartz heating technology along with turbo convection to deliver 30% more even heat. That means perfect results and extremely fast preheating for making dishes in a hurry and its extra-large capacity can fit up to a 12" pizza! Ask me how I know. :) I have been thoroughly enjoying this!


It has 8 preset cooking functions for simple everyday cooking, like toasting bread to the perfect shade or even roasting a chicken for Sunday dinner. The digital LCD display is easy to read and shows the temperature, your cooking timer, or if it's preheating or ready to bake. There's no guesswork if you have to walk away from the kitchen for a while.


It comes with both the wire rack and a non-stick baking pan and the interior is non-stick, too, so cleaning it is quick and easy. Everything Calphalon is built to last, but just in case, it comes with a 1-year limited warranty. Considering our Calphalon cookware still looks brand-new after 9 years, I'm not that worried about it. :) Check out the full Calphalon Appliances line, exclusive at Target here.


Then, when the time for holiday entertaining draws near, stock your pantry with a can of whole cranberry sauce and a can of whole salted pecans, and stash a small wheel of Brie in the back of the fridge. Check the expiration date before you buy and find a Brie that will stay good until after the holidays. Once opened and cut, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and it will keep in the fridge for about a week.

We always have a loaf of French bread on hand, but if it's not one of your kitchen staples, you can freeze a baked loaf of french bread that can be thawed out on the counter or sliced with a sharp bread knife and baked for a few minutes on a cookie sheet to thaw it out quickly.

Creamy Brie & Tart Cranberry Crostini
Can make around 24 crostini

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf of French Bread
  • 1 wheel of Brie cheese
  • 1 can whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 can salted whole pecans


Directions:
1. Slice your French bread into thinnish slices. You can do a whole loaf or just half for a few friends. Lightly toast.


2. While the bread toasts, slice thin wedges of Brie.


3. Place a slice of Brie on each piece of toasted bread followed by a Tablespoon-sized dollop of the Cranberry sauce. (thoroughly stir the sauce first!)


4. Top each with a whole salted pecan and broil them for around 3 minutes.


Easy-peasy! If your bread slices are frozen, just bake/toast for a few minutes longer and test them with a finger to make sure they're warm and toasted.


These will go quickly so you can make them in batches or just set out the remaining Brie with toasted bread slices, pecans, and a bowl of the cranberry sauce so everyone can help themselves.


I hope you enjoy this recipe and it helps you get out some tasty treats in a snap this holiday season!



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What do you think of these holiday crostini? Will you be making them this year? Have you seen the Calphalon appliances at Target yet? I love to read your comments!

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