Spiced Cranberry Relish Toasts With Whipped Goat Cheese

Spiced Cranberry Relish Toasts With Whipped Goat Cheese
Spiced Cranberry Relish Toasts With Whipped Goat Cheese | http://saltandwind.com Look, we're all about holiday classics but using cranberries only for cranberry sauce is just a little too predictable in our book. We like to put them in cr...
Skill
Course
Cuisine
Ingredients
13
Hands-On Time
30 minutes
Total Time
12 hours
Yield
3 cups
Servings
24 toasts
Season
Spiced Cranberry Relish Toasts With Whipped Goat Cheese | http://saltandwind.com
Skill
Beginner
Course
Appetizer
Cuisine
American
Ingredients
13
Hands-On Time
30 minutes
Total Time
12 hours
Yield
3 cups
Servings
24 toasts
Diet
Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Spiced Cranberry Relish Toasts With Whipped Goat Cheese | http://saltandwind.com

Look, we're all about holiday classics but using cranberries only for cranberry sauce is just a little too predictable in our book. We like to put them in cranberry recipes ranging from cocktails to salads using Thanksgiving leftovers and even in our holiday appetizers.

This Spiced Cranberry Relish appetizer is one that's ranking high on our holiday hit list right now because it's make ahead and a super unexpected twist on the classic cranberry flavors. Spiced wine and maple syrup combine with cranberries and then, just before serving, some red onion and jalapenos are stirred in for a spicy, spiced situation that's spooned over toasts topped with whipped goat cheese. And, yes, it's as good as it sounds!

Ingredients

  • 1 French (aka sweet) baguette

    thinly sliced into 24 pieces

  • extra-virgin olive oil

    for brushing on bread

  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup Pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup fresh clementine, or mandarin, or tangerine juice
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • Zest of 4 medium mandarin oranges

    or 1 orange

  • 1 (12 ounce) bag fresh cranberries

    sliced

  • kosher salt and Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium jalapeño

    ends trimmed, seeded, and small dice

  • 1/2 medium red onion

    small dice

  • 8 ounces fresh goat cheese (aka chevre)

    room temperature

  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream or milk

Instructions

For the crostini: Heat an oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Brush the bread slices with some of the extra olive oil and toast in the oven until the slices are crisp and golden brown. When the crostini are toasted, rub them with the garlic untilit dissolves into the toast then drizzle each toast with remaining oil and a pinch of salt.

Tip

Crostini can be made up to 3 days ahead of time. Store at room temperature in an airtight container until ready to use. 

For the cranberry relish: Bring wine and maple syrup to a boil in a wide shallow pan and reduce by two thirds until mixture is syrupy, about 15 minutes. Ade the orange juice and boil another 5 minutes. Add the cinnamon, orange peel, and cranberries and cook just two more minutes then immediately remove from heat and transfer to a heatproof bowl and place in the refrigerator.

Chill mixture until cranberries are cool and they absorb the wine flavors, at least 4 hours or up to overnight. Before serving, stir in the jalapeno and red onion and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 

Tip

Mulled cranberry relish can be made up to two days ahead -- do not add in the red onion or jalapeno until ready to serve.

For the whipped cheese: When ready to serve using an electric mixer beat the goat cheese and heavy cream or milk together until light and fluffy. Toast brioche and spread whipped goat cheese on and top and spoon over cranberry relish and serve.

Tip

Whipped goat cheese can be made up to two days ahead of time and stored refrigerated in an airtight container. Bring to room temperature and whip briefly again before spreading on toasts. 

Footnotes

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