I could live on appetizers. I basically did in my single days. Dinner almost always consisted of a baguette, a big ol’ hunk of brie, and grapes. Sometimes the grapes were fermented and in a glass. And by sometimes I mean all the time. Brie is my usual go-to so that was my plan. Until I saw Honey & Birch posted this recipe. I just knew it was going to happen in my kitchen and happen soon.
Baked, warm, creamy, goat cheese covered in honey balsamic roasted cranberries. Mmm… I hadn’t seen an app like this before and when I did I jumped on it! Thankfully Friendsgiving was upon us last weekend and so was this. Heaven, friends. It’s so super simple yet looks incredibly fancy pants. Those cranberries are literally bursting with flavor after soaking in some balsamic vinegar + honey. Oh, man my mouth is watering!
The cheese and berries are perfectly spreadable on your favorite crackers, toasted baguette slices, or pear slices. I loved this so much we will definitely be having it throughout the entire holiday season! It’s perfect to bring to your Thanksgiving and Christmas (<– GAH! I said Christmas!) parties. Slightly different than your usual baked brie and very impressive!
- ⅓ cup unsalted almonds
- 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup honey
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary
- 10 ounces goat cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread almonds in an even layer on a baking sheet and bake for 6 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the almonds cool on a cutting board.
- In a medium bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar and honey. Add the cranberries and rosemary and stir until they are covered by the liquid. Let "marinate" for 5 minutes.
- Coarsely chop the cooled almonds. Set aside ½ tablespoon chopped almonds. Combine the goat cheese and the remaining almonds. I did this with my hands, using a kneading motion. Once well combined, form the goat cheese into a disc.
- Place the goat cheese disc in the center of a pie plate. Pour the cranberry and honey mixture around the cheese. It's ok if some honey mixture gets on top of the cheese, yum! Sprinkle the remaining ½ Tablespoon chopped almonds on top of the goat cheese.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Serve hot with crackers, bread, and/or pear slices.