Easy Sweet and Savory Appetizer

I love getting together with my Bunco buddies! We always have the best snacks and appetizers, and we like trying new recipes out on one another. In my quest to stay on a healthy path, I wanted to bring an appetizer to Bunco that was tasty but good for us, too.

I decided to make a quick sweet and savory apricot appetizer. I had dried apricots in my pantry, plus some goat cheese. Basically, you layer ingredients on top of each other for small, bite-sized pieces. Here are the ingredients and directions, plus a description of what I ended up bringing to Bunco due to time constraints.

Ingredients

4 ounces fresh goat cheese
2 teaspoons milk or almond milk, more if needed
40 dried apricots (about 6 ounces)
2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves (or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme)- Optional
40 candied walnut halves (or plain walnuts)

Directions

In the bowl of a stand mixer, place the goat cheese and milk. (Or use a medium-sized bowl and a fork). Using the paddle attachment, whip the cheese (or stir it vigorously) for at least 5 minutes, or until it is very smooth and creamy. If the cheese is still crumbly, add more milk 1/2 teaspoon at a time.

To assemble, spread about 1/8 teaspoon of cheese on each apricot. (If using California apricots, put the goat cheese on the shiny side.) Drizzle a little honey over the cheese and top with a light sprinkling of thyme. Place a walnut half on top, arrange the apricots on a platter and serve.

Here is what I ended up doing:
I ran out of time since my son fell face-first into our playground mulch (he’s OK, just some scrapes). I put all of the ingredients into my food processor and pulsed them until they became a slightly chunky, but somewhat smooth mixture. I then put the mixture in a serving bowl along with Crunchmasters Multigrain Crackers (gluten-free). My Bunco buddies really liked the spread!!! But, I wish I had been able to make the original apricot bites for eye appeal.

You can also spread this mix onto butter lettuce leaves or a collard green leaf. Roll up the leaf like a taco or a burrito, and eat it for lunch! You’ll get some great protein and healthy fats, plus it’s really tasty and refreshing.

This recipe is gluten-free. Enjoy!

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