Put young chefs to work on this holiday appetizer featuring sweet and savory flavors of the fall.
Active time: 30 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Makes: about 3 dozen toasties
- In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together the first six ingredients. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then continue cooking, stirring and mashing often, until the cranberries have popped open and the jam has thickened, about 10 minutes. Set the jam aside to cool.
- Heat the broiler at the highest setting and position a rack in the top third of the oven. Slice the baguette crosswise into 1/3-inch-thick ovals and arrange them on two baking sheets. Broil the slices until golden brown on each side, about 2 minutes per side. (Or crisp the bread in a toaster oven.) Let the toasts cool.
- Spread the toasts with goat cheese or top with thinly sliced cheddar and finish each with 1/2 teaspoon of the cranberry jam. Arrange the toasties on a platter and serve.
- Stir together the jam
- Slice the cheese
- Assemble the toasties