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Cranberry Bacon Jam Crostini Recipe

A toasted baguette topped with smoked cheddar cheese and a flavorful cranberry bacon jam makes this one party food that everyone will be talking about!
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time37 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Appetizer, Holiday Appetizer, Party appetizer
Servings: 15
Calories: 412kcal
Author: Elyse Ellis


  • Baking Sheet


  • 1 pound bacon thick sliced
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup cranberry juice
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1 baguette sliced
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese smoked and sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Cover a half baking sheet in foil and lay bacon in a single layer in the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until crispy.
  • Remove bacon from the oven and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess grease. Use another paper towel to blot the top of the bacon to absorb grease.
  • Coarsely chop or crumble cooked bacon; set aside.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of bacon fat from the baking sheet to a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cooked for 5-10 minutes, or until it begins turning golden brown.
  • Add salt, brown sugar and red wine vinegar and stir until combined. Add cooked bacon, cranberry juice, dried cranberries and season with salt and pepper, as desired.
  • Stir and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the jam thickens and turns brown in color. Store jam in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.


  • Preheat oven to high broil.
  • Place baguette slices in an even layer on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Top with sliced cheese and a tablespoon of cranberry bacon jam.
  • Place baking sheet in the oven and broil for 1-2 minutes, or until cheese is melted.Remove from the oven and garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.
  • Serve warm.


The Cranberry Bacon Jam can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days before being used.


Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 1mg