These little cranberry crostini with cream cheese look like dazzling gems on a holiday table. They’re festive, gorgeous, and delicious! Crostini are super easy to make and a great way to use homemade cranberry sauce! Impress your Thanksgiving and Christmas guests with tasty little beauties.
What are crostini?
These little crusts or little toasts are an Italian appetizer or antipasto. Crostini are made from thinly sliced, toasted bread and served with various toppings. Sometimes they’re used as a dipper instead. They can be served with one topping or as crostini misti with mixed toppings.
In this recipe, they are spread with cream cheese and homemade cranberry sauce for a gorgeous holiday treat.
- Use a baguette or a loaf of French bread to make the crostini. I always use what is available in the grocery store bakery.
- Olive oil for brushing the bread before baking.
- Salt sprinkled on the crostini brings out the flavors.
- Homemade, whole-berry cranberry sauce is the star of the show. Make sure to use a great recipe. My cranberry sauce with oranges and walnuts is the best for these!
- Softened cream cheese serves as the base for the crostini. It’s smooth, creamy, and just a little tangy. It pairs nicely with the cranberry flavors.
- Orange zest makes a beautiful garnish to finish the crostini. It also adds a citrusy scent and flavor to each bite.
Make vegan and dairy-free cranberry crostini: Use a vegan cream cream cheese substitute instead of the softened cream cheese.
How to make cranberry crostini
First, prepare the little toasts. Slice, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and bake.
Time to add toppings. First, a nice smear of cream cheese.
Then add the cranberry sauce and garnish with orange zest.
Pro-tip: Use a citrus zester with a channel knife to make little curls of citrus zest. They take this festive appetizer to the next level!
Arrange them on a platter and be ready for your delighted guests.
How to store crostini
You can bake the crostini without toppings up to 3 days ahead. Store the plain crostini in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to top and serve.
How to serve cranberry crostini
- They make a perfect festive holiday appetizer. Serve them before Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.
- Make a batch for your New Year’s Eve party using leftover cranberry sauce from Christmas. Freeze the leftover sauce after Christmas, and you’ll be all set!
- Make crostini the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas. They’re a great way to use leftover bread and cranberry sauce.
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Looking for more crostini ideas?
I’ve got you covered! Check out my guide to crostini misti or mixed crostini. It’s full of ideas and recipes for more types of crostini.