Monday, December 2, 2013

Cranberry Crostini with Blue Cheese, Walnuts + Arugula

The Christmas season is officially upon us and I am looking forward to spending the week decking the halls and making merry! Our Thanksgiving was certainly a special one this year and we have so, so much to be thankful for. Thanksgiving day started with my favorite event of the year- The Turkey Trot! It's just not Thanksgiving without this favorite lovie tradition. We spent the day with my family at my parents house and little Will just loved his first Turkey Day celebrations. 

We started off our Thanksgiving feast with a little cocktail hour (per usual) and I made the appetizer and drink menu. It's not a Nido holiday without a signature sip! These cranberry margaritas from How Sweet It Is are TO. DIE. FOR. I am looking forward to many more of these over the next several weeks. 

To round out the margaritas, I made some whipped ricotta with herbs, and these lovely little bites we have here. I altered the original recipe just a tad and they were a hit! I love the melty blue cheese with the tiny sweet bite of cranberries. I'll be finding reason to see more of these crostinis this holiday season!

Cranberry Crostini with Blue Cheese, Walnuts + Arugula
recipe inspiration via epicurious 

1 french baguette, 1/4" slices
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
8 ounces blue cheese or gorgonzola, crumbled
1 shallot, minced
1/3 cup dried cranberries
baby arugula
olive oil
sea salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Slice baguette and arrange on a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil on the top of each slice and bake until crisp, about 5 minutes. 

In a small bowl, combine walnuts, blue cheese, shallot, cranberries and toss together. 

Spoon mixture on top of baguette slices. Sprinkle with salt. Bake until cheese melts, about 4-6 minutes.

Finish with a leaf of arugula on top.

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