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Cranberry and Goat Cheese Canapés

Cranberry and Goat Cheese Crostini
Yield:   About 18 to 25 servings, depending on length and width of baguette.
Cook Time:   None if serving on soft untoasted bread slices. 5-10 minutes if serving on toasted bread slices.
Tips:   See Baked Crostini if you prefer to serve these canapés on toasted bread slices.
Suggestion:   These canapés are perfect party appetizers for any time of year, but are especially appropriate for Christmas parties due to their red and green coloring.
When it comes to party planning, finding easy party food to entertain your guests sure makes life easier. Canapés always make great finger food appetizers that easily feed a crowd, and canapés that feature simple ingredients served on top of small toasted bread slices from long, narrow baguettes (also called crostini or bruschetta) make party planning even that much easier!

These Cranberry and Goat Cheese Canapés
are as simple as can be, yet deliver delicious fresh flavor that both adults and kids will love. Also, as you can see by the red and green colors provided by the dried cranberries and fresh rosemary, these canapés are the perfect easy appetizer to serve during the holidays as Christmas appetizers (though they're delicious all-year-long).

Cranberry and Goat Cheese Canapés begin with small 1/2-inch-thick slices of baguette bread. (Tip: the baguettes should measure about 2-3 inches in diameter to produce small canapé size appetizers.) These slices of bread may be served toasted or untoasted; it's all a matter of personal preference, and both are delicious! To arrange these easy appetizers, simply spread some goat cheese on top of each slice, place a few dried cranberries on top, then sprinkle with some chopped fresh rosemary leaves. That's it! So, if you're looking for easy party food ideas and more specifically, some festive and delicious Christmas appetizers, it just doesn't get much easier than this!


  • 1 long, narrow baguette, sliced into 1/2-inch slices (at a diagonal, if desired)
  • 4 oz. goat cheese, softened
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
Bread slices may be served soft (untoasted) or toasted and crispy. To toast baguette slices, see the Baked Crostini recipe.

Spread each baguette slice (if toasting bread slices, wait until they completely cool before applying cheese) with a modest amount of goat cheese (about 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons, depending on size of bread slices). Top with a few dried cranberries, then sprinkle a small amount of chopped rosemary on top. Refrigerate any leftovers. (Tip: Refrierating prepared canapés is recommended for untoasted appetizers. Toasted slices will lose their crunch in refrigerator, so try to prepare only enough toasted canapés for your guests and refrigerate leftover cheese and rosemary separately. Toasted bread slices can be stored separately in an air-tight container for a week or more).

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