The holidays are here and it’s time to start planning for family gatherings and neighborhood parties. We’ve included this canapé recipe that’s easy to make and requires little preparation. Pair these cranberry-topped hors d’oeuvres with a bit of cranberry-infused vodka. With festive flavors and seasonal colors, these canapés are sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next holiday party.
16 oz. bag of fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 mason jars
Red food coloring (optional)
Place cranberries, sugar and vanilla in a medium saucepan. Place pan over medium heat and stir. Simmer mixture until the berries burst, about 5 to 6 minutes.
Fill two large mason jars with the exact same amount of vodka mixture to cover the berries. Set aside and allow to remain for one week. After one week, strain out the cranberries and store cranberry vodka in a clean glass decanter in the refrigerator. If needed, add food coloring to the desired color. To serve, pour 2 ounces of vodka over ice in a tall glass, and stir in your favorite mixer. (Recipe courtesy Michael Chiarello)
Goat Cheese Canapés with Cranberry-Orange Relish
16 oz. bag of cranberries, fresh or frozen
8 oz. soft, fresh goat cheese
Zest of one orange (or to taste)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
30 round crackers
1 cinnamon stick
Parsley for garnish
Put cranberries, orange zest, sugar and cinnamon stick into a saucepan. Stir over medium heat; simmer until cranberries burst and the sauce thickens, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cool and refrigerate until well chilled.
When you’re ready to make the canapés, blend the goat cheese and sour cream together until smooth and transfer to a pastry bag with a round tip or use a freezer bag. If using a freezer bag, stuff cheese mixture into the corner then snip off a piece of the bag and squeeze the cheese out onto the crackers. Discard the cinnamon stick. Top crackers with a small amount of cranberry-orange relish and garnish with parsley.
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