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Sweet Cran-Apple Bruschetta

Appetizer/Snack

Crisp apples, sweet dried cranberries, citrus and herbs are piled atop creamy cheeses and placed on golden brown crostinis. A perfectly bright, colorful appetizer.

 Ingredients:

1 Large Red Delicious Apple, Finely Diced
1 Large Granny Smith Apple, Finely Diced
½ Cup Dried Cranberry Halves
1 Tbsp Chives
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
5 Tbsp, Divided Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Honey
1 tsp                        Lime Juice ( May Also Be Substituted With Lemon Juice)
2 tsp Parsley Flakes
4 tsp, Divided Sweet Pecan Seasoning Rub
4 oz. Good Quality Brie Cheese
4 oz. Cream Cheese, Softened
1 Loaf Bakery French Bread, Cut Into 1/2" Slices
Salt To Taste

Instructions:

1) In a small bowl, combine brie cheese, cream cheese and 2 tsp Sweet Pecan Seasoning Rub; blend until smooth and creamy. Firmly tighten a piece of saran wrap around the bowl and set aside so that the cheeses maintain a soft texture. (Note: If you are prepping this recipe in advance, keep the cheese blend refrigerated and remove at least a half hour before assembling to soften).

2) In a medium bowl, mix the diced apples, cranberry halves, chives, apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp olive oil, honey, lime juice, parsley flake and remaining 2 tsp Sweet Pecan Seasoning Rub. Season with salt and stir until thoroughly combined. Place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (up to 4 hours for flavors to combine). Stir mixture occasionally.

3) Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a large baking pan with nonstick spray. Arrange sliced french bread on the pan until full. Use multiple pans if necessary. Once oven reaches temperature, place baking pan(s) in the oven and bake french bread on one side for 2 to 3 minutes.

4) Have a small bowl off to the side with the remaining 4 Tbsp olive oil. Remove pan and flip over each piece of french bread. Brush each piece with olive oil using a basting brush. (Note: If you do not have a basting brush, you can use a spoon to drizzle and spread the olive oil over each piece. Use very little). Place french bread pieces back in the oven and bake for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. French bread will be a lightly toasted, golden brown and should be crisp along the outside with a soft center.

5) To Assemble Bruschetta: Place french bread pieces on a serving dish or platter, oil side up. Spread about 1 to 1 1/2 Tbsp of cheese mixture over each piece. Scoop 1 Tbsp of the apple cranberry mixture using a Tbsp measuring scoop and place in the center of the cheese. Top with additional chives or parsley, if desired.

Tip: Be sure to stir the apple mixture as you go to keep it nicely blended.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Products Used In This Recipe:

Dried Cranberry Halves               

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Sweet Cran-Apple Bruschetta Description of your recipe. Serves 8 Ingredients: 1 Red Delicious Apple, 1 Granny Smith Apple, 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries, 1 Tbsp Chives, 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar, 5 Tbsp Olive Oil, 1 Tbsp Honey, 1 tsp Lime Juice, 2 tsp Parsley Flake, 4 tsp Sweet Pecan Seasoning, 4 oz. Quality Brie Cheese, 4 oz. Cream Cheese, 1 French Bread Loaf.
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