Apricots w/ Basil Goat Cheese & Almonds

A long time ago I told my mom that I'd like to be a caterer and she immediately talked me out of it. I thought that my love for making food in assembly lines, piping things with pastry bags and my passion for all things filo dough & puff pastry would be enough. Then she reminded me of how I'd have to stand on my feet for 8+hours and then someone else told me how much packing up and moving was involved in the life of a caterer. Dang. Maybe I just want to be a catering company's quality assurance tester? Yeah! I'd be really good at it.

This recipe has been on my radar forever. I had a Christmas party to attend and whipped up these beauties in absolutely NO time. They're fun, colorful, bite sized and uber fancy. Don't you just love the sight of little appetizers lined up on a tray? I sure do...

And we're off!

Line up the almonds for your future assembly line.

Gather the rest of your ingredients.

Pour a little milk in the room temperature goat cheese.

Stir! Chop up basil and stir it in.

Put the goat cheese mixture in a sandwich bag. Cut the tip off with scissors. Instant pastry bag!

Pipe the basil goat cheese onto each apricot.

Push a Marcona almond on top of each apricot.

When you're ready to serve, drizzle honey on top.

Put them on your serving tray....

And watch them disappear!

Apricots with Basil Goat Cheese & Almonds

makes 40

(recipe from Sunset Magazine)

  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
  • 40 dried apricots, preferably Blenheim
  • 40 Marcona almonds
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Mix together cheese, 2 tsp. milk, and basil with a wooden spoon until spreadable. Thin with more milk if necessary.

Pipe a heaping 1/4 tsp. cheese on each apricot and top each with an almond. Drizzle with honey.

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  • That honey drizzle on the end just "makes it", doesn't it? The perfect finish. They are beautiful all snuggled onto the platter!

  • December 28, 2011

    these are SO gorgeous and uber fancy...LOVE!

  • December 28, 2011

    I think the flavors in this appetizer would be amazing. A little bite of sweet and savory. Yummy!

  • December 28, 2011

    This really makes me wish I had a fancy party to go to so I could casually plop these babies down on the table.

  • December 28, 2011

    These look so easy and yummy! I love dried apricots!

  • Jenny
    December 28, 2011

    These look delicious and easy. Next time I go to a party I will bring these as appetizers!

  • Tempa
    December 28, 2011

    Seeing these little beauties all lined up on that pretty white platter makes me so happy! When I saw you post the pic on your 365 project, I knew I had to make these for pre-Christmas Dinner cocktail hour. They turned out fabulous! A huge hit with the fam! Thank you!

  • December 28, 2011

    I love any recipe that's easy and tasty and those look perfect for the brunch I'm making on Sat. Happy New Years to you!! :)

  • December 28, 2011

    I worked in catering, and it sucks. I liked the repetition, but being on your feet for 18 hours a day every weekend (during wedding season and holidays) gets really old really fast. I was the last person to leave during weddings because I was the only person who knew how to cut a wedding cake. Finally I taught one of the servers, but it was terrible. Much better to make super cute things like stuffed apricots at home. I can't wait for apricot season to start so I can make these with fresh apricots too.

  • Darcee
    December 28, 2011

    Holy cow, another cheesy apricot food to try. I made Joy's roasted apricots with honey marscapone for a party a few months back and they were a hit. I'm officially making these for the NYE party I'm going to this year. Love all of the ideas you both have given me, thanks!!

  • December 28, 2011

    Oh my goodness this looks bee-you-tee-ful! Gorgeous pictures on your site.

  • Amanda
    December 28, 2011

    soft, crunchy, sweet, savory, tangy, sticky... sooooo many flavors and textures! will be making these sometime in the very near future! great post Tracy!

  • December 29, 2011

    I think I'm in love.
    For reals.

  • December 29, 2011

    too funny, I have this exact recipe torn out and in my "inspiration" pile! hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  • December 29, 2011

    These look so delicious - I love the goat cheese + dried fruit combo!

  • December 30, 2011

    Are apricots a regional thing? I live in Wisconsin and I've never found one in the grocery store. So sad because these look awesome!

  • December 30, 2011

    You are a wonderful and I love ya!!! Perfect for a NYE party!

  • January 4, 2012

    These look good, real good!
    Must try this recipe soon!!

    Happy 2012

    : )

  • January 10, 2012

    Yum these look delicious! Fruit and cheese is the best combo ever.

  • Sergio
    January 12, 2012

    Thanks for another great goat cheese recipe, now i am in love.

  • Carla
    January 27, 2012

    Just made them and they came out delish!! Now I still have some left and want to take them to some people tomorrow. Can I put them in the fridge till tomorrow?

  • heather
    July 9, 2012

    brought these to a mah jongg game, and i had to hold myself back from eating all of them myself. they were yummy. had all of the ingredients on hand, and remembered seeing this posting way back. thanks for putting up such great inspiration.

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