Day 13: Keeping Fruits, Nuts, and Cheeses on Hand for Apricot & Goat Cheese Bites
Thanks for joining me in my “30 Days of Summer Entertaining” series. (Scroll down to the bottom for the previous posts in this series) :)
Appetizers for summer entertaining are so easy.
All you need is fresh fruit, cheese, and nuts. You can mix and match according to what’s in season.
Nuts to keep on-hand:
Cheeses to keep on-hand:
Your favorite flavor of cheese (preferences can really vary)
My sisters and I were heading out to a near-by restaurant for a birthday celebration, but they came to my house an hour early, so I whipped up an easy appetizer. What did I have on hand? Fruit, nuts, cheese.
But more importantly, I really love sister-time. It’s just really good to talk and catch up on life. I’m very grateful for these two beautiful women in my life.
Now on to summer-entertaining and my oh-so-easy appetizer. It’s light and easy, fresh and beautiful.
Apricots and Goat Cheese Bites
(Makes about 20 bites. I always double the recipe.)
2 oz. goat cheese at room temperature
1 tsp. milk or cream
20 dried apricots (preferably from Trader Joe’s for the best flavor and tartness)
1-2 tsp. honey
Mix together the cheese and the milk to make it spreadable.
Toast almonds in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
Lay the apricots on a platter or tray with a small amount of cheese on each piece.
Top with one warm almond on each apricot.
Drizzle with honey.
If you’re taking to a party, wait until you get to the party to drizzle the honey. I made the mistake of drizzling ahead of time and they got a bit soggy.
The tanginess-to-sweetness is a perfect combination.
My sisters and I munched on a few of these before we headed out.
Have I told you how much I love sister time? :)
What’s your favorite fruit/cheese/nut combination for an appetizer?
If you’ve missed the last 12 days of this series, you can catch up now:
Day 1: Summer Entertaining is About the People
Day 2: When Perfect Robs You of Something Good
Day 3: Who To Invite to Dinner
Day 4: Planning the Menu for Outdoor Entertaining
Day 5: Setting the Table Using What You Have
Day 6: Using One Classic Water Glass
Day 7: Napkin Options for Summer Entertaining
Day 8: When You Feel Like Canceling the Party
Day 9: Leave Your Technology at the Front Door
Day 10: Candles That Enhance Good Conversation
Day 11: Serving Flavored Herb and Fruit Water
Day 12: Leafy Greens and a Tiny Bit of Agave
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I’m Sandy—lover of food, family, cooking, THE BIG BOARD, travel, and bringing people together. Through great recipes and connection around the table, we become better, stronger, and more courageous people. Feasting on Life is real, and every time we do it, we grow a little more. Read more...