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

Easy to prepare and fresh in flavor, especially with the basil and sweetness of the apricots. Add the balsamic glaze for the ultimate 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!

a silver tray of 15 apricot halves with ricotta cheese

This past weekend, we hosted a simple party in our backyard–a pure delight–with a mixture of old and new friends!

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Getting the entertaining space ready.

Every few weeks, I’ve noticed that the entertaining supplies get a little grimy and gritty, too often collecting a lot of dust and pollen, sitting on our back patio.

Enter this cool little sponge that has saved us time and energy. It’s treated to resist bacterial odors, and has 4x the scrubbing power than the next leading brand at removing tough baked-on messes allowing us to easily clean easier and avoid smelly sponges.

  1. Patio table and chairs.
  2. Clean the barbecue.
  3. Wipe down the ice buckets, drink containers, chargers, candles, umbrellas, side tables

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

It also features a long-lasting antimicrobial product protection, and an innovative new scouring web, plus there is NO presoak required. (That’s Haggis, giving us the big thumbs-up!)

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

Scrubbed down the outdoor dining chairs and very little time spent on the barbecue.

And the corners of the table.

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

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

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.

a silver tray with fresh apricot half stuffed with ricotta and drizzled 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!

What’s your quick cleaning routine before a summer dinner party?

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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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fresh apricot half stuffed with ricotta cheese, with balsamic glaze

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