su-Apricots with Basil-Goat Cheese and Almonds
Photo: Alex Farnum; Styling: Karen Shinto
YieldsMakes 40 hors d'oeuvresPrep Time15 mins
Fresh goat cheese, deeply flavorful Blenheim apricots (tangier and sweeter than Turkish apricots) and stubby, rich Marcona almonds are worth using here, because in a recipe this simple, the flavors are really noticeable.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

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

Step 2
2

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

Step 3
3

*Find dried Blenheims and Spanish Marcona almonds (or California-grown Marchini, which are similar) at well-stocked grocery stores, or order Blenheims from B&R Farms (brfarms.com) and Marchini from J. Marchini Farms (marchinialmond.com).

Step 4
4

Make ahead: 1 day ahead. Bring to room temperature, and drizzle with honey before serving.

Ingredients

 4 ounces fresh goat cheese such as Laura Chenel, at room temperature
  About 2 tsp. milk
 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
 40 dried apricots, preferably Blenheim*
 40 almonds, preferably Marcona or Marchini*
 2 teaspoons honey

Directions

Step 1
1

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

Step 2
2

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

Step 3
3

*Find dried Blenheims and Spanish Marcona almonds (or California-grown Marchini, which are similar) at well-stocked grocery stores, or order Blenheims from B&R Farms (brfarms.com) and Marchini from J. Marchini Farms (marchinialmond.com).

Step 4
4

Make ahead: 1 day ahead. Bring to room temperature, and drizzle with honey before serving.

Apricots with Basil-Goat Cheese and Almonds