Roasted Cranberry Apple Brie Crostini with a Kahlúa Glaze

We are rapidly approaching the holiday season and all of the parties, family gatherings, memories, and delicious food that goes with it.  I love to cook and entertain – so each year, whether it is in my own home or when I’m an invited guest to holiday get-togethers, I’m always game to make a few yummy dishes!

This is the perfect appetizer to serve at one of your upcoming dinners – it has just the right amount of crunchiness, tartness, sweetness, and creaminess all built into just a few bites!  This one doesn’t take long to make and tastes great at room temperature, what more could you want?  The roasted cranberries that top this crostini might be my favorite part, super easy while adding that extra special touch to the dish. 

Once you do give this dish a try, I’d love to hear your feedback!  I know this will be on our menu for Thanksgiving Dinner this year!

Roasted Cranberry, Apple, Brie Crostini with a Kahlúa Glaze

Makes 16 Crostini, serving 6-8 as an appetizer

Extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper
½ Honeycrisp apple, cut into 16 slices (slice more for garnish)
16 slices of Brie cheese, cut to fit baguette slices
1 cup fresh cranberries
½ tablespoon granulated sugar
4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
¼ cup Kahlúa
¼ cup chopped hazelnuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  On a cookie sheet, arrange baguette slices, brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Toast in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. 

Increase oven to 400 degrees.  In a small bowl combine the cranberries and granulated sugar.  Arrange in a single layer on a piece of foil on the cookie sheet.  Roast for 8-10 minutes, remove from oven and let cool slightly.

In a small saucepan, add brown sugar and Kahlúa.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for a few minutes until combined.  Remove from heat while mixture is still thick. 

On each baguette slice, add a piece of Brie cheese, spoon on some of the Kahlúa brown sugar mixture, add an apple slice, add a few roasted cranberries, drizzle on a little bit more of the Kahlúa brown sugar mixture, and top with a few chopped hazelnuts.

Serve immediately.

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