Fiesta Bruschetta

No Christmas party is complete without appetizers, and this appetizer is sure to astound without hours of prepping and fretting. This colorful and delicious recipe will keep your entertaining preparation to a minimum. The ruby red pomegranate seeds along with the green rosemary sprig make for a perfect Christmas color scheme!

Impress guests this holiday season with this festive hors d’oeuvre. It can be served with drinks before a meal, or as a light starter to your main course.

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Fiesta Bruschetta

Yield: Makes 12 Pieces

Ingredients:

1 cup seeds from 1 large pomegranate

1 French baguette

2 cloves garlic sliced

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 ounce soft-ripened brie cheese (recommended: goat brie)

1 cup apricot preserves

Rosemary sprig for garnish

Directions:

Break open the pomegranate under water to free the seeds. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the rest will float to the top. Discard the white membrane and put the seeds in a separate bowl. Reserve 1 cup of the seeds and set aside.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Place garlic slices in olive oil and microwave for 1 minute to infuse the olive oil with garlic. Cut the baguette into 1/2-inch slices. Brush olive oil on one side of baguette slices. Lay bread on a baking sheet and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes. (The bread does not need to brown, just have a toast-like crust on the top surface.)

Spread apricot preserves on toasted bread.

Microwave brie cheese for 10-15 seconds to soften the cheese. Cut the brie in half and spoon or drizzle the cheese on the toasted bread.

Place a teaspoon of pomegranate seeds on each slice.

Serve while warm.

Photography by Jeanine Thurston

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15 Responses to “Fiesta Bruschetta”

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    alabasterboxes — December 1, 2010 @ 10:23 am

    I love your site!! Just subscribed so I can follow these amazing Latin recipes. We are just expanding our company with The Vine & The Branch. Check out our blog in progress :) Here’s to your “Vine”tastic life!!

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    Melody Fury — December 2, 2010 @ 5:05 pm

    What a stunning holiday recipe! Would you like to submit it to my contest to win a cookbook? Just wanting to share the holiday cheer (and exposure to your blog) Would love for you to win :) http://ow.ly/3j61M

    • muybuenocookbook replied: — December 2nd, 2010 @ 8:14 pm

      Hi Melody! Sounds fun!!! I’ll be sure to check out your blog!!!

    • muybuenocookbook replied: — December 3rd, 2010 @ 8:30 am

      Melody: I saw your blog — beautiful! LOVE your tag line!!!
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    baobabs — December 3, 2010 @ 1:39 am

    what a brilliant idea! I never thought about putting pomegranate and brie.. and I LOVE them both.

    • muybuenocookbook replied: — December 3rd, 2010 @ 8:33 am

      Thanks! I LOVE brie and pomegranates too and combined they are AMAZING! We have more pomegranate treats coming soon so please subscribe to our blog to stay tuned for all that is Muy Bueno (Very Good)!

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    Peg — December 5, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

    It looks so good, and easy. I might even try it.

    • muybuenocookbook replied: — December 5th, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

      Soooo easy! Soooo yummy and sooo beautiful! Please try it!

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    Patty — December 12, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

    What a gorgeous appetizer! The pomegranate arils are like delicious little rubies. :)

    • muybuenocookbook replied: — December 12th, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

      Thank you Patty! And thanks for sharing on Baking is Hot!!!

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