Happy holiday season! Today I’m sharing with you a Cranberry, Thyme, Brie, & Apple Crostini – the perfect appetizer for any feast this holiday season. Plus, I’m sharing my favorite wine pairing trick to thoughtfully elevate your holiday feasts. The holidays are all about the art of easy, and this appetizer is the perfect example of easy but elegant and impressive.
Cranberry, Thyme, Brie, & Apple Crostini
- 8-12 oz. fresh cranberries
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 baguette sliced and toasted
- 2 McIntosh apples thinly sliced
- 8 oz. goat milk brie sliced
- 1 bunch fresh thyme stemmed
- Preheat your oven to 400°F.
- Add your cranberries to a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and honey. Cook for 15 minutes.
- Layer each slice of baguette with the sliced apple, brie, a tablespoon of the roasted cranberries, and a sprinkle of thyme leaves. Drizzle with more honey if desired.
Let’s talk wine and wine pairing.
Served alone, or to accompany your impressive holiday feasts, your wine choices this holiday season should elevate your holiday recipes, not fight them. First, my favorite way to do serve wine during dinner parties is to have the wine progress with the evening. For example, start with your lightest wines, and progressively move towards your full bodied, heavier wines. This simple trick works perfectly because appetizers tend to be lighter, and then you move through the meal to the main course which tends to be heavier. Also, by matching the wine progression to the food, your palette allows you to taste and savor each flavor instead of mask them.
Do I have to pair wine or can I drink what I like?
This Thanksgiving, I’m planning to start everyone off with these Cranberry, Thyme, Brie, & Apple Crostini and a pita with cilantro jalapeño hummus. I’ll be serving this course with Clos du Bois Chardonnay (white), Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc (white), and Meiomi Pinot Noir (red). These examples are all beautiful options for simple, light appetizers. Also, right after you assemble these beauties, you’ve earned yourself a well deserved break with a glass of your choosing!
Looking for your Thanksgiving feast to be planned for you?
Check out my eBook, Thanksgiving Sides & Sweets: Everything but the Bird which includes a categorized grocery list & prep ahead tips for easy entertaining this holiday.
Interested in more crostini?
Finally, if you’re looking for something and cranberries aren’t in season yet, I have an apple brie crostini with walnuts, honey, & thyme that is just wonderful any time of the year! Trust me, you won’t want to miss this one!
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