Balsamic Roasted Cranberries. Step away from the stove and treat your guest to a sweet, tart and tangy holiday relish you can make in the toaster oven!
Sweet, tart and tangy! Treat your guests to a different kind of holiday relish with this easy recipe for Balsamic Roasted Cranberries. Delicious by the spoonful but even better as a bold and flavorful appetizer addition.
Not to oversell but this recipe is soooooo easy. You really do just toss everything into the pan and roast. Your big effort comes stirring the cranberries about every 5-6 minutes until they have popped to your liking. Sounds like a lot of work right 🙂
Important keeping your toaster oven clean tip → use a baking dish with a lid or cover your pan with foil. The cranberries spray juice when they pop. They make a popping noise too which is also pretty fun.
As the cranberries cook, it’s going to feel like there is too much liquid, at least that’s how I felt the first time making this dish. The picture below is from halfway through the cook time, pretty un-popped cranberries and lots of liquid.
But hang in there, once the cranberries have popped and rested for about 5 minutes to thicken up you will have just a little sauce but lots of yummy chunks. When trying to figure out what to call this pan of tasty tangy goodness we settled on cranberry relish. Not really a sauce or a chutney, spreadable but chunky.
This is not your mom’s cranberry relish…bright citrus and strong balsamic flavors are present throughout but don’t overpower the lightly sweetened natural cranberry taste. If you’re able to stop yourself from eating the whole pan with a spoon it can quickly be turned into an appetizer.
Make a crostini by brushing small bread slices with olive oil and toasting. Spread toasted slices with creamy goat cheese, layer on baby kale or arugula and a generous spoonful of balsamic roasted cranberries. To add sweetness and a pop of bright orange color you can top each crostini with a thin slice of persimmon (use the firmer Fuyu variety).
If you’re like me and not the biggest goat cheese fan use cream cheese or substitute non-dairy cheese for a vegan crostini. My other favorite option, take those same ingredients but switch out the toasted bread for a piece of flatbread to make a less cheese more fruit and veggie snack.
Spread the flatbread with a tablespoon of goat cheese or non-dairy cheese and at least two tablespoons of balsamic roasted cranberries. Layer with baby kale and the persimmon cut into matchsticks. Roll the flatbread tightly and slice into 2-inch circles for a tangy and sweet pinwheel.
I’m terrible at getting a tight pinwheel, for pointers on rolling and slicing a truly appetizing looking pinwheel check out this post for (vegetarian) Buffalo Wing Pinwheels from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen – she knows her stuff.
Team Toaster Oven Love has a lot to be thankful for this year, especially all of you that read this tiny little blog and the friends we have made from starting it. We wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. May your day be filled with good friends, family and lots of delicious food! – Tim & Brie Norris
Nutritional Information is an estimate for a serving of 2 Tablespoons.
Recipe loosely adapted from Sauveur’s Roasted Cranberry Sauce and The Wicked Noodle’s Baked Brie With Roasted Balsamic Cranberries.