This unique take on the crostini is packed with flavor and nutrients!
Who doesn’t enjoy good finger food? Crostinis make the perfect appetizer for any occasion—dinner parties, cocktail parties, holiday get-togethers, events, you name it! That’s because they are so versatile. There’s no wrong way to top a crostini. That being said, some are better than others, and I think this crostini with cranberry fig jam and brie will knock your socks off! It’s loaded with flavors your guests will be raving about, so be prepared for people to ask for this recipe. The cranberry fig jam alone is something you’ll want to keep in your fridge to snack on later.
Not Your Typical Jam
This is different from your usual strawberry or grape jam! It’s made with frozen cranberries, dried figs, lemon juice, and maple syrup. Not only do I love the flavor of this cranberry fig jam, but I adore the texture as well. The juiciness of the cranberries, the sweetness of the figs and maple syrup, and the tanginess of the lemon juice come together in such a way that every bite is bursting with flavor. It’s truly the perfect balance of sweet and tart!
The Perfect, Homemade Holiday Gift!
In addition to being delicious, this cranberry fig jam is easy and cheap to make. I’ve seen jars made with similar ingredients that are priced at $10 or more! You’ll want to save this crostini with cranberry fig jam and brie recipe for the holidays so you can add jars of the jam to gift baskets. Everyone loves a good homemade jar of jam to put on their toast, in their yogurt, or with some granola. And, preparing large batches will save you money, too!
Don’t Forget About The Health Factor
Did you know cranberries and dried figs are loaded with vitamins and nutrients? In fact, cranberries are considered a superfood because of all the antioxidants and health benefits. Cranberries contain vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, as well as minerals like Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, and Potassium. Research has linked the nutrients in cranberries to the prevention of certain types of cancer. They may also help prevent urinary tract infections, decrease blood pressure, and improve immune function.
Dried figs contain super-rich minerals such as iron, copper, magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc, and selenium, as well. These minerals are known to balance body fluids, regulate heart rate and blood pressure, help with the formulation of red blood cells, and enhance overall health. They’re also a great source of dietary fiber and rich in health-promoting antioxidants.
Crostini with Cranberry Fig Jam and Brie is the Perfect Combination
The crunchiness of the crostini on the bottom and the walnuts on the top, the creamy richness of the brie, and the tangy sweetness of the cranberry fig jam work in such harmony together. The perfect thing about the cranberry fig jam is that it enhances the qualities of the brie without overwhelming it. The acid brings out the velvety texture and the walnuts add some earthiness. Your guests will surely enjoy a fantastic taste experience (and so will you!)
Crostini with Cranberry Fig Jam and Brie
Cranberry Fig Jam
- ¾ cup frozen cranberries
- ¼ cup dried figs chopped
- ½ tablespoon lemon juice fresh
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ¼ cup water
- 1 baguette sliced into 20 pieces
- 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
- 5 ounces brie cheese
- 2 tablespoons toasted walnuts chopped
- Preheat oven to 400F. Place the ingredients for the cranberry fig jam in small pot over medium/high heat. Bring to a boil, then quickly reduce the heat to low to simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes, making sure to smash the cranberries halfway through cooking.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the baguette slices flat on the parchment paper and drizzle with the olive oil. Then toss to coat. Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove the jam from the pot after cooking, and let it cool for a few minutes. Then divide the brie onto the baguette slices and top with cranberry fig jam and toasted walnuts.
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