Cranberry Appetizer

Cranberry Appetizer

Cranberries add a festive touch, making this starter perfect for holiday parties or when you want to add a seasonal touch to your menu. This recipe offers an elegant presentation of melted Brie and cranberry compote on a crusty baguette, yet it’s incredibly easy to make.


  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine
  • pinch each of ground clove, ginger and allspice
  • 10 slices baguette
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • garlic powder
  • poultry seasoning
  • fine sea salt
  • 4 oz brie, cut into small pieces to fit your toasts
  • fresh mint leaves to garnish (optional)

Method of preparation:

Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F).

In a saucepan over a medium heat, combine the cranberries, sugar, apple juice and red wine. Add a pinch of ground clove, ginger and allspice.

Cook until the cranberries burst and the mixture thickens into a compote, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Brush each baguette slice with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic powder, poultry seasoning and a pinch of sea salt.

Toast the baguette slices in the oven until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes.

Once the baguette slices are toasted, place a slice of brie on each one.

Return to the oven until the brie begins to melt, about 2-3 minutes.

Top the melted Brie with the cranberry compote.

Garnish with fresh mint leaves if desired.

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