Cranberry brie crostini is the perfect holiday appetizer. A toasted baguette is topped with creamy brie cheese, cranberry sauce, toasted pecans, and fresh rosemary. This makes a great Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s party appetizer.
The holiday season is upon us and that means enjoying delicious food with the ones we love. My favorite appetizer right now is this easy, delicious, bite-size cranberry brie crostini. I plan to make this for every gathering this holiday season.
Cranberry Brie Bites
To make this appetizer allergen-friendly, I’m using a gluten-free baguette sliced into 1/2 -inch rounds. The bread is then toasted with olive oil. The best part is adding the creamy brie and cranberry sauce and warming it up just enough to melt the cheese.
Of course, you can’t forget the garnish. Toasted pecan chips and a fresh sprig of rosemary add flavor and texture to this tasty appetizer.
- Brie cheese
- Cranberry sauce
- Fresh herbs: rosemary or thyme
How make Holiday crostini appetizers
- Slice the baguette into 1/2-inch slices. Toast until golden brown.
- Add brie cheese and cranberry sauce on top of the bread. Put the baking sheet back in the oven to warm.
- Garnish with toasted pecans and fresh rosemary sprigs.
What is brie?
Brie is a soft-ripened cheese made from cow’s milk. It has a creamy texture that melts when warmed. Brie has a buttery, earthy flavor with an edible white rind. To make this recipe you can choose to keep the rind on or remove it before adding it to the baguette.
Can I make this appetizer ahead of time?
Cranberry brie bites taste best when served warm. To make things easier when hosting a gathering, prep the ingredients ahead of time. Slice and coat the bread in olive on a baking sheet then wrap it with plastic wrap until ready to use. Cut the cheese into 1-inch squares to keep refrigerated for later. Once you’re ready, toast the bread and add the ingredients to the crostini right before serving.
How many servings does this recipe make?
This will depend on the size of your baguette. Whether you purchase from a bakery, store-bought or homemade will vary in size. I’m using a Schar gluten-free baguette and was able to make about 25 crostini bites. A small bread loaf may yield about 15.
What kind of garnish can I put on a brie crostini?
A common garnish is a drizzle of honey over warmed brie crostini. I find the cranberry sauce adds a sweet flavor that pairs really well with the brie cheese, so I skip the honey but that’s totally up to preference.
If you’re not a fan of pecans try walnuts. If you’re unsure about the food allergies of your guests, keep the nuts in a separate dish for guests to top their own appetizer.
Cranberry Brie Crostini Bites
- 1 baguette
- 8 oz brie cheese
- 1 cup cranberry sauce
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- rosemary sprigs
- Preheat the oven to 375. Slice the baguette into ½-inch thick pieces. Coat the bread with olive oil on both sides then place it on a large baking sheet or two 9×13-inch baking sheets.
- Toast the bread for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown.
- Add a slice of brie on top of the bread, then top with a spoonful of cranberry sauce. Place the baking sheet back in the oven for 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
- Garnish with chopped pecans and a sprig of rosemary.
- Serve warm and enjoy!