Cranberry Bruschetta

Cranberries make for a great holiday recipe ingredient, but sometimes the recipes can be really time consuming. Try this quick and easy Cranberry Bruschetta, and your holiday party guests will be calling you the next Martha Stewart!


Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 pound fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro or parsley, roughly chopped, plus another ¼ cup for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1⁄8 cup honey
  • Zest from 1 orange, plus some reserved for the end
  • 1 thin French baguette, sliced in ¼” thick pieces
  • Coarse salt, to taste
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Place the cranberries, ginger, sugar, honey and Sriracha in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse several times until the cranberries are coarsely chopped. Don't process too much; you want it to be a little chunky. If a food processor isn't available, you can always grab a whisk or potato masher.
  • Add ¼ cup of roughly chopped cilantro and pulse a few more times. You want the bits to be visible, so you don’t need to pulse too much.
  • Transfer the mixture to a storage container and add orange zest. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until ready to use. Note: If you’re in a hurry, you can refrigerate it for less time. The longer it marinates, the more the flavors mix together – but it will taste great either way.
  • For the crostini, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper.
  • Place baguette slices on the prepared pan. Brush lightly with oil, and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Bake the baguette slices for 10-15 minutes or until golden.
  • Remove the slices from the baking pan, and transfer them to a cooler surface to begin to assemble your bruschetta.
  • Whisk the cream cheese until creamy. Spread about ½-1 tablespoon on each crostini. Top with a scoop of the relish. Garnish with a bit of orange zest and cilantro, if desired.
  • The orange zest, ginger and cilantro really come together with those berries for a sweet and savory bite. Yum! Enjoy!!