Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini

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Elevate Your Holiday Appetizers with this Festive Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini Recipe!

When it comes to entertaining recipes, the Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini stands out as a must-try.

This delightful dish is not just another addition to the array of holiday appetizers.

It’s a festive revelation, perfect as a Thanksgiving appetizer (also great for Christmas).

Whether you’re hosting a grand celebration for the December holidays or a cozy family gathering, this Crostini Appetizer for the Holidays is sure to be a hit.

And the best part? It takes less than 15 minutes to make!

So, why wait? Dive into the holiday spirit with this unique and festive concoction!

Zoomed-in detail of the texture contrast between the crispy baguette, creamy goat cheese, and the toppings of cranberry and prosciutto.

Why is the Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini a “Must-Try”

The Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini is an essential part of your entertaining recipes repertoire.

Here’s why you need to try it:

  • Simple Recipe: This hearty pre-dinner snack is straightforward and only calls for a few ingredients.
  • Kid-Friendly: It’s one of those recipes that my kids can help with, making the preparation fun and engaging.
  • Versatile: Perfect for any occasion, from Thanksgiving to other December holidays.
  • Quick to Make: With less than 15 minutes to make, you’ll have more time to enjoy the festivities.
Crispy baguette slices topped with creamy goat cheese, tangy cranberry sauce, and savory prosciutto for a festive Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini appetizer.

Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini Ingredients

(See the recipe card below for full ingredient list with quantities & instructions)

  • Baguette: The crispy base of the crostini.
  • Olive Oil: For brushing and giving the baguette a golden touch.
  • Goat Cheese: Adds a creamy texture and rich flavor.
  • Cranberry Sauce: Brings a sweet and tart contrast.
  • Dried Cranberries: For an added cranberry punch.
  • Prosciutto: Salty and savory, it complements the sweetness of the cranberries.
Crispy baguette slices topped with creamy goat cheese, tangy cranberry sauce, and savory prosciutto for a festive Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini appetizer.

Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini Instructions

  1. Prepping the Baguette: Slice the baguette into 1/2 inch thick slices. Arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  2. Toasting the Bread: Toast the baguette slices in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for about 5-7 minutes or until they are golden and crispy, turning them once to ensure even toasting.
  3. Layering: Drizzle olive oil and spread a generous amount of goat cheese on each slice, followed by cranberry sauce and dried cranberries.
  4. Topping: Finish with a slice of prosciutto.
  5. Serve: Present your Crostini Appetizer for the Holidays and watch your guests enjoy this festive treat.
Close-up of a single Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini, showcasing the vibrant red cranberry sauce and delicate prosciutto folds.

Crostini Recipe Variations

The Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini is versatile, allowing for exciting twists to suit different preferences:

  • Cheese Variation: Replace goat cheese with brie or cream cheese for a different flavor profile.
  • Cranberry Orange Crostini: Add some orange marmelade or a drizzle of honey for the perfect appetizer with a Festive Twist.
  • Herbal Touch: Garnish with fresh rosemary or thyme for an aromatic twist.
Close-up of a single Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini, showcasing the vibrant red cranberry sauce and delicate prosciutto folds.

Perfect for Quick Entertaining

If you’re looking for a simple recipe that’s perfect for the holidays and takes minimal time, the Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini is your answer.

It’s a delightful mix of flavors and textures, making it a standout among holiday appetizers.

Close-up of Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini on a white plate, showcasing the vibrant cranberry topping.

Make ahead crostini

You can toast the bread, and prepare the goat cheese, marmalade, and cranberries ahead of time, and then assemble them when you’re ready to serve.

Crispy baguette slices topped with creamy goat cheese, tangy cranberry sauce, and savory prosciutto for a festive Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini appetizer.

FAQ Section

Can I make a batch of Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the components separately and assemble just before serving to maintain freshness.

What can I pair with Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini?

This crostini pairs well with a variety of wines, especially white wines or sparkling wines, enhancing its flavors. Pair with you favorite festive holiday cocktails.

Is there a vegetarian alternative to prosciutto?

Yes, you can skip the prosciutto or replace it with roasted bell peppers or sun-dried tomatoes for a vegetarian version.

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Close-up view of Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini with a vibrant red cranberry sauce and thin prosciutto slice
Yield: 6 servings

Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Cranberry and Prosciutto Crostini: A delightful blend of sweet cranberries and savory prosciutto atop crispy baguette, perfect for festive occasions

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
  • 6 oz (170 ml) goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) cranberry sauce
  • 4 ounces (113 g) thinly sliced prosciutto

Instructions

  1. Prepping the Baguette: Slice the baguette into 1/2 inch thick slices. Arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  2. Toasting the Bread: Toast the baguette slices in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for about 5-7 minutes or until they are golden and crispy, turning them once to ensure even toasting.
  3. Layering: Drizzle olive oil and spread a generous amount of goat cheese on each slice, followed by cranberry sauce and dried cranberries.
  4. Topping: Finish with a slice of prosciutto.
  5. Serve: Present your Crostini Appetizer for the Holidays and watch your guests enjoy this festive treat.

Notes

Make ahead crostini

You can toast the bread, and prepare the goat cheese, marmalade, and cranberries ahead of time, and then assemble them when you’re ready to serve.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 362Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 26mgSodium 965mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 1gSugar 7gProtein 16g

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