Total Time
30 Mins
Serves 8 (makes about 1 cup relish) (serving size: per toast with 1 tbsp. goat cheese and 1 1/2 tsp. relish)
Photo: Thomas J. Story

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring port, brown sugar, and vinegar to a boil in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add cranberries, cherries, and five-spice powder. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cranberries have popped and relish is reduced to about 1 cup, 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 400°. If your ciabatta loaf is thick, slice off top 1/2 in. or so and trim sides. Save top and side trimmings for another use, such as bread crumbs.

Step 3

Slice loaf in half lengthwise, then cut into rectangles about 2 in. by 3 in. Brush cut sides with oil, put on a baking sheet, and bake until pale golden, about 10 minutes.

Step 4

Sprinkle goat cheese log with thyme and serve with toasts and cranberry relish.

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