Recipe

Grilled Apricots with Smoky Blue Cheese and Almonds

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Recipe Information

Total Time: 15-20 minutes
Servings: 8 appetizers

This appetizer is bursting with an amazing combination of sweet, savory, sour, spicy and smoky flavors. A delicious way to celebrate fresh apricots (and other stone fruits)!

Ingredients

  • 8 firm ripe apricots
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 8 slices baguette, 1/2 inch thick
  • Extra olive oil for brushing the bread
  • 1/4 cup roasted almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 2-3 ounces smoky blue cheese

Preparation

  1. Cut the apricots in half lengthwise, remove the pits and place them in a bowl. Combine the olive oil honey, lemon juice, thyme leaves and cayenne and gently toss with the apricots.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill to high heat and grill the apricots about 2 minutes per side or until golden and sizzling. Make a little crostini by brushing the bread slices with olive oil and cooking them on the grill until lightly toasted. (For softer bread,  toast just one side; for crispier bread, toast both.)
  3. Arrange 2 apricot halves on each of the crostini, scatter with the smoky blue cheese and chopped almonds and garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme. Fabulous!

Tips & Notes

When grilling or broiling any stone fruit, look for fruit that is juicy and ripe but still firm-tender. You can easily substitute nectarines or plums for the apricots as the season progresses! Recipe modified with permission from PCC Natural Markets.

Nutritional Information

163 calories, 7 g. fat, 5 mg. cholesterol, 209 mg. sodium, 20 g. carbohydrate, 2 g. fiber, 5 g. protein