When Kate asked me last month if I'd like to guest post for this series, not only did I think it would be fun, but it would also keep me focused on my own holiday planning. Thank you Kate!
In addition to sharing tips on topics from Best Hostess Gift Under The Tree to Favorite Holiday Cocktail, I thought I'd kick things off by passing along the recipe for one of my favorite quick appetizers. This recipe for cheese filled apricots came via Traditional Home-November 2002 in a segment called Cooking School that featured appetizers that took only 10-20 minutes to assemble. This was included in the 12 minute category!
Blend equal parts blue cheese and butter until smooth. Pipe or spoon into small dried apricots, top with nuts.
|Every holiday season I buy 2 rosemary trees to flank my kitchen window. They are festive, fragrant and|
oh, so handy when I need a quick snip to garnish a platter as well as seasoning for the Christmas roast!
Tips I've learned from making these for nearly a decade:
Use a pastry tip and bag. Or fill a zip-lock plastic bag, cut a small hole in one corner and fill the apricots. I could never figure out how to "spoon into" without making a mess!
Both walnut and pecan halves work great or combine the two to appeal to the nut lovers.
Use quality blue cheese and unsalted (my preference) butter at room temperature when blending. Taste and make any adjustments before you fill the pastry bag!
These can be assembled on any size platter depending on how many you make. My favorite way to garnish them is with a rosemary wreath. Put them on a cake stand or pedestal and they look especially festive, like little jewels!!!
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PS: Since this guest post was already scheduled for today, I will announce the signed book givaway winner this weekend!
All photos courtesy of A&A