Simple Appetizers and Snacks to Serve at Your Next Party - Simple Appetizers and Snacks to Serve at Your Next Party

Blue Cheese-Apricot Bites

Mix the sweetness of dried apricots and the tangy appeal of blue cheese to create tasty nibbles with crunchy toasted walnuts sprinkled on top.










2 teaspoons butter

2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts

2 teaspoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon snipped fresh rosemary or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, finely crushed

1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola, Roquefort, or other blue cheese (1 ounce)

1 ounce cream cheese

16 dried apricots

Snipped fresh rosemary (optional)

  1. In a small skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add walnuts and sugar; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until walnuts are lightly toasted. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary; cook and stir for 30 seconds more. Transfer nuts to a foil-lined baking sheet; cool.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine Gorgonzola cheese and cream cheese. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  3. Spoon about 3/4 teaspoon of the cheese mixture on top of each dried apricot. Sprinkle with nuts. If desired, garnish with additional fresh rosemary.

Makes: 16 appetizers

Per serving: 33 calories, 2 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 1 g protein, 5 mg cholesterol, 3 g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 24 mg sodium.