I don't know what I love most about this recipe - the goat cheese, the sparkling cranberries, or the fact that it meant I got to work with wine for the day (always a win-win). The best part though might just be that these crostini are probably one of the EASIEST appetizers you could possibly make, and totally perfect for winter/holiday entertaining.
One of my favorite things to do here in the Bay is walk to a nearby bakery or café on sunny weekend mornings to discover new food. One of those mornings I went to a cute little café that makes goat cheese toast topped with walnuts and honey, and OMG - it's so simple but so tasty. That was my inspiration for these crostini, but with a little bit of my own spin on it by using cranberry-walnut bread and sparkling cranberries. So easy, so good, and a great excuse to break out a bottle of white wine for a little holiday soirée, amiright?!
We've definitley got a little bit of a savory-sweet thing going on here, combining tangy goat cheese and toasted walnuts with sweet-but-tart sugared cranberries and a drizzle of honey. Depending on the bread you use, you can make it a little more or less sweet; a cranberry-walnut bread will lend a little more sweetness, but a walnut or plain levain will tone it down a bit if that's your preference. Either way, it's a perfect match for one of my new go-to white wines, Cavit Pinot Grigio. The bright, crisp cranberries and creamy chèvre pair perfectly with its clean, light, and fruity taste ---> a perfect little bundle for all your holiday parties.
Sparkling Cranberry & Toasted Walnut Goat Cheese Crostini
These toasted slices of bread topped with tangy goat cheese, sugared cranberries, nutty walnuts, & a drizzle of honey make a simple, tasty appetizer for easy entertaining.
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 20 crostini 1x
- 8 ounces (1 cup) water
- 7 ounces (1 cup) granulated sugar, plus extra for coating cranberries
- 3 ½ ounces (1 cup) fresh cranberries
- 2 ⅜ ounces (⅔ cup) walnut halves
- 10 (½" thick) slices cranberry-walnut bread, halved*
- 7 ounces chèvre (goat cheese)
- honey, for drizzling
- Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved completely. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
- Place cranberries in a lidded container. Pour cooled syrup on top, cover, and refrigerate overnight, gently shaking the container a few times during this period to make sure the cranberries get completely coated in syrup. Drain cranberries, reserving syrup for another use if desired.
- Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Place cranberries on baking sheet and, using another layer of paper towels on top, roll cranberries between paper towels to dry until just tacky. Remove paper towels.
- Fill a small bowl with granulated sugar. Working with a few cranberries at a time, roll in sugar to coat. Return cranberries to baking sheet to dry (about 1 hour) before using. Meanwhile, toast walnuts.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spread walnuts out on a baking sheet.
- Toast walnuts in preheated oven for about 10 minutes, until golden-brown and fragrant. Remove from oven and allow to cool briefly before chopping into small pieces.
- Toast bread in a toaster oven or conventional oven as desired. Spread goat cheese on top of each slice and top with sugared cranberries and toasted walnuts. Drizzle with honey and serve immediately.
*It might go without saying, but you'll want to use a yeast bread here. That being said, feel free to use a walnut levain or anything similar if you can't find a cranberry-walnut loaf.
For more appetizer inspiration with Cavit wine (they have great reds too!), check out this video recipe.
Big thank you to Cavit for sponsoring this post; as always, all text and opinions are 100% my own.