A summer-fresh appetizer: Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites. Perfect for en elegant dinner party; drizzle with your favorite balsamic glaze!

a tray of fresh apricot half stuffed with ricotta cheese

We’re in the warm-weather groove in southern Oregon, which is the perfect weather for outdoor entertaining. Today I’m sharing a delicious summer appetizer: Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites.

Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites

Easy to prepare and fresh in flavor, especially with the basil and sweetness of the apricots. Add the balsamic glaze for the ultimate bite!  You may also want serve these on this lunch sandwich board.

apricot halves on a plate

Ingredients for Apricot Ricotta Bites Appetizer

A simple, yet elegant appetizer perfect for any occasion! All you need are these simple ingredients:

  • Apricots
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Honey
  • Fresh basil
  • Sea salt
  • Balsamic Glaze (I buy Delallo)

Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bite
One thing I love to check off my list, when preparing for a dinner party, is knowing that all my outdoor furniture is clean and ready. Today I’m sharing a few simple tips that I’ve found to be helpful, to make entertaining a breeze!

Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites

Here’s a past dinner party in our old backyard back in southern Oregon–a pure delight!

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Getting the entertaining space ready

Every few weeks, I’ve noticed that the summer patio furniture get a little grimy and gritty, collecting a lot of dust and pollen.

  1. Patio table and chairs: do a quick wipe down with hot soapy water.
  2. Clean the barbecue: Hubby’s job, but he uses Windex.
  3. Wipe down the ice buckets, drink containers, chargers, candles, umbrellas, side tables: Have you ever tried just using baby wipes or hand wipes? Works quickly.

Set the table

And set a beautiful table, with lavender from the garden.

20-Minute Summer Dinner Party Cleaning with Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites

This time of year is perfect for fresh appetizers, so once the patio was ready, I created a simple platter of Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites for the dinner party.

These creamy delights are a summer must-make if you want something light and fresh!

Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Appetizer on a plate

Drizzle with balsamic glaze

Drizzled with the finest balsamic glaze (yum!), I was able to make these up ahead of time to chill in the fridge, then pull out as the guests arrived. (I buy my glaze from DeLallo Foods or Trader Joe’s.)

I have to say, there’ve been a few times where I did not wipe down the patio furniture, and even though the guests probably never noticed–I did. Just looking at them, I felt the grime and grit on the chairs and table.

With a quick wipe-down, for this party, I had everything whipped into shape in a matter of 20 minutes.

20-Minute Summer Dinner Party Cleaning with Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites

A beautiful sparkling entertaining area!

Enjoy this simple, yet elegant topper or appetizer,  perfect for any occasion!

More apricot recipes:

Cherry-Apricot Rosemary Chutney Recipe

Grilled Apricots with Sweet Cream

Goat Cheese Apricot Jam Appetizer

Apricot Greek Yogurt Chicken Thighs

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Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites

Ingredients

  • 12 apricots, seeded and cut into halves
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • Fresh basil, finely chopped
  • Sea salt
  • Balsamic Glaze  , I buy my glaze from DeLallo Foods or Trader Joe’s

Instructions

  • Place the 24 apricot halves on a tray.
  • In a small bowl, mix the ricotta and honey.
  • Fill each apricot half with a dollop (about 2 Tbsp.) of ricotta mixture.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Drizzle the bites with balsamic glaze. Sprinkle with finely chopped basil. Refrigerate if needed.
  • Best if served at room temperature.

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Notes

reposted from July 2015
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Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites with balsamic glaze

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