This post has been sponsored by Ocean Spray. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
There are at least a thousand reasons why I’m glad Jason is done with law school (and the bar exam), but this time of year, I’m most excited my law-school widow days are behind me because I have a husband for the holiday season, again!
Jason and I haven’t truly been able to celebrate Thanksgiving, or Christmas properly, since our first year of marriage (um, that is five years ago for anyone counting).
Ever since our first married Thanksgiving, we’ve hosted my in-laws the Sunday before so that we can see my family the day of. It’s always worked out well, but the last few years it was me handling most everything as finals approached for Jason. It was a stressful time for us both, in very different ways.
But this year we’re finally hosting a Friendsgiving Dinner at Casa de Crews! Both Jason and I are so excited to do it. We’ve talked about a Friendsgiving dinner for y.e.a.r.s. Having our closest friends to our home, eating and drinking, watching football, and laughing, is pretty much the best thing I could ask for.
And it will be a potluck! So I won’t have to do it all – which will also be nice. I used to stress about creating THE perfect menu for everyone on Thanksgiving, and by the time the day arrived, I was more exhausted, than relaxed.
But the beauty of Friendsgiving is that all my favorite people can bring their favorite dishes. Jason and I are in charge of a few appetizers, the main event (turkey and ham), and one side. We can totally handle it.
I’ve chatted about my love for both Thanksgiving, and the crostini on the blog before. I love crostini recipes so much; versatile, easy, and super festive. This Cranberry-Sage (whipped) Goat-Cheese Crostini will be the perfect start to our Friendsgiving Dinner. Toasted baguette with whipped goat cheese – if you’ve never whipped goat cheese, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s seriously soft, and amazing.
So! You spread whipped goat cheese on your toasty baguette slices, and add a generous amount of Ocean Spray® Canned Cranberry Sauce – I prefer Whole Berry, plus a few fresh sage leaves. For color, and a little acid, I like to zest a fresh orange peel over top of these crostinis…the entire recipe is done in 20 minutes. I mean, who can’t handle that?!
As a kid, I loved the Ocean Spray® Jellied, but my dad always had to have the Whole Berry, as well. As an adult, I can see why Ocean Spray® Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce is the way to go (plus, it’s prettier for the presentation of our Cranberry-Sage Goat-Cheese Crostini); Made from fresh cranberries, this ready-to-serve, delicious cranberry sauce is an easy and quick way to liven up my crostini appetizer in no time. I was able to find my Ocean Spray® in the canned fruit section at my local Walmart. I know as the holiday season gets closer, you’ll be able to find Ocean Spray® in the main aisles, with all of the other holiday ingredients you’ll need for the season.
If you’re pressed for time, or are doing this whole Friendsgiving Dinner thang yourself, you could whip the goat cheese ahead of time, and then assemble everything as guests arrive. That’s the beauty of Friendsgiving: There shouldn’t be stress! This should be fun and easy. Truth be told, all holidays *should* be this way, but we know that isn’t always the case. Friendsgiving though is a no-stress event!
- 8 ounces goat cheese log
- 3-4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- fresh lemon juice, from ½ fresh lemon
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 French baguette, sliced for 12
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- Whipped goat cheese (recipe above)
- 1 14-ounce can Ocean Spray® Canned Cranberry Sauce
- 8-10 sage leaves, chopped
- zest of one orange, for garnish (optional)
- To a food processor, add in goat cheese, 2 tbsp olive oil, lemon juice, and honey. Pulse until creamy. Slowly add in 1-2 more tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil if a creamier texture is desired. Drizzle in honey to combine. Spread can be made 1-2 days in advance.
- Preheat oven to 350F. Slice baguette into 12 slices. Add to parchment lined baking sheet, and drizzle with olive oil. Bake 5-7 minutes, until toasty.
- Remove toasted crostini from oven. Smear a generous dollop of whipped goat cheese to each crostini toast. Dollop with Ocean Spray® Canned Cranberry Sauce. Top with fresh orange zest, and sage.
I found everything I needed for my Cranberry-Sage Goat-Cheese Crostini at Walmart. Using Ibotta, you can save an additional $0.25 when you purchase your Ocean Spray® products at Walmart, too!