Apricot, Goat Cheese, Almond Bites

by Kelli H. on December 4, 2014

Since trying to eat a diet that focuses less on processed foods, I’ve been having a tough time finding appetizers that fit the bill. I mean, even my absolute favorite splurge; cheese is served with crackers. I’ve been trying to forgo the crackers and eating the cheese plain or with a slice of salami. It’s tasty and it works, but it’s definitely different than what I’m used to.

I knew I needed to find an appetizer for Thanksgiving that wouldn’t involve crackers or any other foods that would make me feel bad about snacking before our turkey day feast. I was so happy when I found this impressive appetizer on Pinterest. For starters, it looks stunning! It’s also so easy to prepare, taking just a couple of minutes, and the ingredients are all wholesome ingredients that don’t make me feel bad about eating four or five of them.

I don’t buy salted almonds, so I used regular unsalted but after preparing them I sprinkled on a tiny little pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt. I love regulating my own intake of salt rather than relying on packaged foods to dictate how much salt I eat. I recommend you trying it too.

These little babies definitely look pretty on the appetizer table if you decide to bring them to a holiday party this season. I still have ingredients left to make another batch. I think I’ll bring them to my friends house on Saturday to enjoy with our wine — can’t wait! Hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

Apricot, Goat Cheese, Almond Bites
Recipe from Reluctant Entertainer
Makes 2 dozen

24 dried apricots
4 oz goat cheese, room temperature
24 almonds
honey, to drizzle
fresh thyme, to sprinkle
salt, to sprinkle

Directions: 
Space out apricots on a tray, smear about a teaspoon of goat cheese onto each apricot, place an almond in the middle. Sprinkle with salt, drizzle of honey, and thyme. Serve.

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Made in Sonoma December 4, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Yum!! This sounds so tasty 🙂

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Made in Sonoma December 5, 2014 at 8:53 pm

These are adorable and look delicious! It’s always nice when something is super easy to make too.

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Made in Sonoma December 5, 2014 at 10:37 pm

What a fun idea! They look delicious. Goat cheese, it gets me every time.

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Made in Sonoma December 10, 2014 at 3:47 am

Healthful appetizers are definitely tough to come by, but you hit the nail on the head with these! Plus, it’s like you read my pantry – I have dried apricots I’ve been dying to use in an appetizer and always have nuts on hand. And I’m totes in love with goat cheese, so these are perfecto!!

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Made in Sonoma December 10, 2014 at 4:57 am

Glad you approve! I hope you try them out!

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