This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BoursinCheese #CollectiveBias It’s time to make some Cranberry Pecan Crostini Appetizers!
Cranberries are one of those foods that always seem to find their way onto the holiday table. These lovely Cranberry Pecan Crostini Appetizers are the perfect appetizers to start your gathering. They are wonderful as a bite with drinks before dinner, and also make a lovely starter to a meal when served on small plates with with a light salad.
Having a small bite sized bit of deliciousness will start your party off in style. Serve them alone, or incorporate them into an antipasto salad or platter. (See my tips for making an antipasto platter here.)
These delicious Cranberry Pecan Crostini Appetizers are super easy to make and light enough to make sure that having one or two doesn’t spoil the main course. They are an amazing combination of cheese, cranberries, pecans and fresh herbs.
Let’s Make these cranberry pecan crostini appetizers
I made my own crostinis by using a loaf of Italian bread cut on the diagonal and baked in the oven for a few minutes after being drizzled with some extra virgin olive oil.My cheese for these yummy appetizers is a new variety that I found on a recent shopping trip to my local Walmart – Boursin® Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese. This amazing cheese makes the perfect base for my crostinis. Boursin® is a creamy cheese that has a crumbly texture and this makes it ideal for my Cranberry Pecan Crostini Appetizers.
You can serve the cheese on its own as part of a beautiful cheese plate on your party table, or use it in combination with other flavors to make a two bite party starter. I chose the Boursin® Garlic & Fine Herb Cheese to make my crostinis and also served it on its own with crackers. Both ways wowed my party guests! The delicious creamy cheese comes in these great flavors:
- Boursin® Red Chili Pepper
- Boursin® Cranberry & Spice
- Boursin® Basic & Chive
- Boursin® Cracked Black Pepper
- Boursin® Cranberry & Apple
Tempted yet? It’s time to get started on these Cranberry Pecan Crostini Appetizers.
Start preheating your oven to 375 º F and then slicing your baguette on the diagonal in 1/2-3/4″ thick slices. Use a pastry brush to add olive oil to both sides of the baguette slices and place them on a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Season lightly with sea salt and cracked black pepper and bake for 10 minutes, then flip the slices and bake another 8 minutes until they are golden in color.
Let the slices cool for a bit and then spread the Boursin® Garlic & Fine Herb Cheese on each crostini. Add a few dried cranberries and some chopped pecans in a little mound.
The final step is to add your favorite fresh herbs. I chose chives, rosemary, and thyme. Each spice goes nicely with the cheese, cranberries and pecans and it makes each crostini take on just a little different flavor.
Arrange on your favorite holiday platters, add a pretty festive candle, and you will put your guests in the holiday mood. When I made these at my last party, my guests could not get enough of them. They add the perfect holiday touch to your party, and give your guests a hint of what is to come next on your menu.
Creamy, crumbly, tart and crunchy, each bite of these Cranberry Pecan Crostini Appetizers is the perfect way to get the party started.
If you aren’t having a cocktail type of party, serve these with a simple salad to start your holiday meal. Either way, they are easy to make, easy to serve and SO MUCH MORE TASTY than just chips and dip. The Boursin® cheese is also perfect to serve with just some crackers and a few grapes to let your guests help themselves to the great taste.
I found the Boursin® Garlic & Fine Herb Cheese and Boursin® Shallot & Chive Cheese in the deli department of my local Walmart. A quick trip around the bakery and produce area gave me my other ingredients.
I love that this is a premium cheese that is meant to wow my guests. And believe it, it will. The taste of this cheese is just wonderful!
- For the crostini:
- 1 Italian baguette, uncooked
- 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Sea Salt & cracked black Pepper to taste
- For the topping:
- Boursin® Garlic & Fine Herb Cheese
- 1/3 cup of dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup of pecan pieces
- Rosemary, thyme or chives to garnish
- Preheat the oven to 375º.
- Slice the baguette diagonally into 1/2"-3/4" slices.
- Lightly brush both sides of the slices with extra olive oil, using a pastry brush.
- Season both sides with sea salt and cracked black pepper.
- Bake 10 minutes, flip the slices and bake another 8 minutes until golden. Remove and cool.
- Spread each slice with the Boursin® Garlic & Fine Herb Cheese.
- Add a few dried cranberries and some pecan pieces in a small mound and garnish with either chives, rosemary or thyme.
- Serve as a party appetizer, or with a small salad as the starter for your meal.
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