Before we close up the computers for one last holiday (and birthday) fling this weekend, we wanted to share a new appetizer recipe we whipped up for our Christmas parties, a Cranberry Bruschetta.
We started by whipping up our traditional cranberry sauce recipe with a little twist. This time we tossed in some Cointreau with the fresh orange juice and zest. We also substituted agave nectar for some of the sugar and added some crushed red pepper flakes to the mix. I also used this as a chance to try out my new immersion blender – I never knew making cranberry sauce could be so quick and easy (and with a ton less dishes!). While the cranberry sauce cooled down, we prepared the bread by slicing it on a bias and brushing it with olive oil.
Mike and I sampled a few right away and loved the results. It was a 3 spoon appetizer for Mike and a 4 spoon appetizer for me. The sweetness of the cream cheese and the slight tartness from the cranberry sauce were a good balance. The peppers gave a hint of heat, but it wasn’t overwhelming by any means. If you want to up the heat, we’d recommend dicing another pepper and increasing the amount per slice.
Mr. N isn’t a big fan of cranberry sauce, so he only came in with 1 spoon. Miss A, the cranberry lover that she is, also gave these a 3 spoon. She preferred the slices without peppers. That said, she was far more taken with all the bowls of chocolate candies lying about at Grammie’s. It’s no wonder she wouldn’t go to bed that night!
Cheers everyone and Happy New Year! We wish you a wonderful and joyous evening filled with fun, friends, family, love and laughter. We also wish you a relaxing (hangover-free) New Year’s Day and a New Year filled with health, love and deliciousness! Don’t forget to stop by our Chopped Challenge post before tomorrow afternoon to vote for which baskets Mike and I will get to play with for his birthday celebration.
We’ll see you in the New Year with our next international cooking adventure and the results of our Chopped date night. Cheers!
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