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Sauteed Cranberries & Cream Cheese Crostini
2 cups of fresh cranberries
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 TBS fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
Pinch of salt
French or Ciabatta Baguette sliced into 1/4 inch thick slices
6 oz cream cheese
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp sugar
Optional: Fresh Rosemary, Cilantro or Parsley
Combine cranberries, water 1/4 cup of sugar and lime juice in a small pot, bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and simmer until it begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Add in the seasonings, stir and remove from heat.
Preheat your oven to 375. Bake your baguette slices on an ungreased baking sheet for 3-6 minutes depending on your preference for the level of “toast & crunch” you prefer for your crostini.
In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and cinnamon and if you like some finely chopped fresh rosemary, cilantro or parsley.
When ready to assemble your Cranberry & Cream Cheese Crostini simply smear each baguette slice with some of the cream cheese mixture, top with the cranberry mixture and sprinkle a little garnish if so desired.