Cranberry Bacon Jam Crostini Recipe


This Cranberry Bacon Jam Crostini is the perfect party or game day appetizer. A toasted baguette topped with smoked cheddar cheese and a flavorful cranberry bacon jam makes this one party food that everyone will be talking about!

Cranberry Bacon Jam Crostini Recipe

If you are looking for the best game day appetizer, look no further!  This Cranberry Bacon Jam Crostini is the ultimate flavor combination.  Anytime I make this amazing appetizer, people are always asking for the recipe because it is so delicious.

What makes this recipe so delicious is the Cranberry Bacon Jam.  Don’t let this recipe scare you!  With a little preparation, you can put this recipe together pretty easily.

I’m sharing a few tips and walking you through how to make this recipe from start to finish, beginning with bacon, because  how could I not?

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How to cook bacon in the oven:

My favorite way to cook bacon is by baking it in the oven!  Cooking bacon in the oven is quick and easy, it cooks evenly, and the bacon comes out perfectly crisp every time.

If you are short on time, you could use some precooked bacon from the store but it won’t be as good.  You also will end up using some of the bacon grease to cook your onions in, so you don’t want to miss out on all that extra flavor!

Raw bacon on a foil lined baking sheet

Line a half baking sheet with aluminum foil, place a cooling rack on top of it and lay bacon on top in an even layer.

Cooked Slices if bacon

Bake at 400 degrees F. for 18-22 minutes, watching to make sure it doesn’t burn.

Chopped up cooked bacon

Remove the bacon from the oven, blot up excess grease with a paper towel, let cool then coarsely chop or crumble.

How to Make Cranberry Bacon Jam:

The homemade Cranberry Bacon Jam used on these crostini is nothing short of extraordinary!

Diced Onion in pan

Heat 2 tablespoons of bacon fat from the baking sheet to a skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and cooked for 5-10 minutes, or until it begins turning golden brown.

Cooked diced onion mixed with brown sugar and vinegar in pan

Add salt, brown sugar and red wine vinegar and stir until combined.

bacon and cranberry mixture added into pan

Add cooked bacon, cranberry juice, dried cranberries and season with salt and pepper, as desired.

Stir and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the jam thickens and turns brown in color.

Cranberry bacon jam in container

Store jam in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

How To Make Cranberry Bacon Jam Crostini:

Now that you’ve done all that preparation, you are finally ready to make your Cranberry Bacon Jam Crostini!

Sliced baguette

To make crostini, preheat oven to high broil.  Cut a baguette into slices about 3/4″ thick.

Apple Smoked Cheddar Cheese

Cut smoked cheddar into slices.  If you can’t find smoked cheddar, I’ve also tried this recipe with Brie cheese and it was so delicious.

Smoked Slices of Cheddar on baguette slices

Place baguette slices in an even layer on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Bacon Cranberry Jam on top of the cheese and baguettes

Top with sliced cheese and a tablespoon of cranberry bacon jam.

 Cranberry Bacon Jam Crostini topped with fresh parsley

Place baking sheet in the oven and broil for 1-2 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Remove from the oven and garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.  Serve warm and enjoy.

The best holiday appetizers:

Cranberry Bacon Jam Crostini

Serves: 15

Cranberry Bacon Jam Crostini Recipe

A toasted baguette topped with smoked cheddar cheese and a flavorful cranberry bacon jam makes this one party food that everyone will be talking about!

Prep Time 35 mins

Cook Time 2 mins

Total Time 37 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bacon thick sliced
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup cranberry juice
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • salt and pepper to taste

Crostini

  • 1 baguette sliced
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese smoked and sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

  • Cover a half baking sheet in foil and lay bacon in a single layer in the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until crispy.

  • Remove bacon from the oven and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess grease. Use another paper towel to blot the top of the bacon to absorb grease.

  • Coarsely chop or crumble cooked bacon; set aside.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of bacon fat from the baking sheet to a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cooked for 5-10 minutes, or until it begins turning golden brown.

  • Add salt, brown sugar and red wine vinegar and stir until combined. Add cooked bacon, cranberry juice, dried cranberries and season with salt and pepper, as desired.

  • Stir and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the jam thickens and turns brown in color. Store jam in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Crostini

  • Preheat oven to high broil.

  • Place baguette slices in an even layer on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

  • Top with sliced cheese and a tablespoon of cranberry bacon jam.

  • Place baking sheet in the oven and broil for 1-2 minutes, or until cheese is melted.Remove from the oven and garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.

  • Serve warm.

Notes

The Cranberry Bacon Jam can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days before being used.

Nutrition

Calories: 412 kcal · Carbohydrates: 17 g · Protein: 5 g · Fat: 36 g · Saturated Fat: 15 g · Cholesterol: 45 mg · Sodium: 399 mg · Potassium: 64 mg · Fiber: 1 g · Sugar: 8 g · Vitamin A: 240 IU · Vitamin C: 3 mg · Calcium: 130 mg · Iron: 1 mg

Recipe Details

Course: Appetizer

Cuisine: American

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