Mulled Wine Cranberry Salsa Recipe — Salt & Wind Travel (2024)

  • BY Aida Mollenkamp
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  • Updated November 14, 2022

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Look, we’re all about holiday classics but using cranberries only for cranberry sauce is just a little too predictable in our book. We like to put them in cranberry recipes ranging from co*cktails to salads using Thanksgiving leftovers and even in our holiday appetizers.

This Spiced Cranberry Relish Toasts With Whipped Goat Cheese recipe appetizer is one that’s ranking high on our holiday hit list right now because it’s make ahead and a super unexpected twist on the classic cranberry flavors. Spiced wine and maple syrup combine with cranberries and then, just before serving, some red onion and jalapeños are stirred in for a spicy, spiced situation that’s spooned over toasts topped with whipped goat cheese. And, yes, it’s as good as it sounds!

Now go stock up on all your cooking essentials, then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

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Mulled Wine Spiced Cranberry Salsa Recipe

Look, we're all about holiday classics but using cranberries only for cranberry sauce is just a little too predictable in our book. This Mulled Wine Spiced Cranberry Salsa Recipe is one that's ranking high on our holiday hit list right now because it's make ahead and a super unexpected twist on the classic cranberry flavor.

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Prep Time 30 minutes mins

Cook Time 30 minutes mins

Total Time 1 hour hr

Ingredients

For The Crostini:

  • 1 French (aka sweet) baguette thinly sliced into 24 pieces
  • Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing on bread

For The Cranberry Salsa:

  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup Pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup fresh clementine, or mandarin, or tangerine juice
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • Zest of 4 medium mandarin oranges or 1 orange
  • 1 (12 ounce) bag fresh cranberries sliced
  • Kosher salt and Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium jalapeño ends trimmed, seeded, and small dice
  • 1/2 medium red onion small dice

For The Whipped Goat Cheese:

  • 8 ounces fresh goat cheese (aka chevre) room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream or milk

Instructions

  • Bake The Crostini:Heat an oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle.Brushthe bread slices with some of the extra olive oil and toast in the oven until the slices are crisp and golden brown.

    When the crostini are toasted, rub them with garlic until it dissolves into the toast then drizzle each toast with the remaining oil and a pinch of salt.

  • Make The Cranberry Salsa:Bring wine and maple syrup to a boil in a wide shallow pan and reduce by two-thirds until the mixture is syrupy, about 15 minutes. Add the orange juice and boil for another 5 minutes.

    Add the cinnamon, orange peel, and cranberries and cook for just two more minutes then immediately remove from heat and transfer to a heatproof bowl and place in the refrigerator.

    Chill mixture until cranberries are cool and they absorb the wine flavors, at least 4 hours or up to overnight. Before serving, stir in the jalapeño and red onion and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

    TIP: Cranberry salsa can be made up to two days ahead —store refrigerated in an airtight container.

  • Make The Whipped Goat Cheese:When ready to serve using a stand mixer or food processor fitted with an S blade beat the goat cheese and heavy cream or milk together until light and fluffy.Toast brioche and spread whipped goat cheese on and top and spoon over cranberry relish and serve.

    TIP: Whipped goat cheese can be made up to two days ahead —store refrigerated in an airtight container. Let it at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving so that it's spreadable.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 83kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 100mgPotassium: 42mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 138IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg

Keyword easy appetizer, Toast appetizer

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Aida Mollenkamp

Aida Mollenkamp is a food and travel expert, author, chef, Food Network personality, and founder of the boutique travel company, In all that she does, Aida aims to help discerning travelers taste the world.

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Aida Mollenkamp is a food and travel expert, author, chef, Food Network personality, and founder of the boutique travel company, In all that she does, Aida aims to help discerning travelers taste the world.

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