Thursday, July 11, 2013

Apricot and Gorgonzola Endive Bites | Friday Night Bites



A couple weeks ago hubby brought home a dozen assorted colored eggs and a jar of honey.  My eyes instantly lit up.  I was quite curious why my husband who does not cook or frequents a grocery store would have such items with him.  The mystery was solved quite quickly when he revealed that a woman he works with sent this home for us to enjoy.  She and her husband live on a large parcel of land that houses chickens and bees.  Okay – how cool is that to make your own honey and have farm fresh eggs on a daily basis?  I say – very cool!

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The honey is AMAZING with an emphasis on the capital A.  The combination of aromas that emanate from this honey is out of this world.  I detect citrus, peaches, floral, and the terroir notes.  I have never has such brilliant flavored honey and there is such a freshness in each spoonful.  Okay – I will confess – I have dipped a spoon in the jar just to taste this delightful sweet honey.  It is that good!

This week’s Friday Night Bite is a simple appetizer that can be thrown together quickly if guests are coming over last minute or you are just sort of tired but want to whip up something gourmet.  My Apricot and Gorgonzola Endive Bites are full of flavor, texture and have a punch of color that simply pops off the plate.  A chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir would be a perfect pairing for this appetizer.  Enjoy!


Apricot and Gorgonzola Endive Bites

Makes 12

¼ Cup Gorgonzola, crumbled
½ Cup Dried Apricots, diced small
1/3 Cup Pecans, toasted and chopped
12 Endive leaves
Honey


In a bowl add the gorgonzola, diced dried apricots and pecans and mix.  Remove the endive leaves and trim the edges.  Lie out on a cutting board and place a heaping teaspoon of the mixture toward the tip of the endive.  Place onto a serving platter and then drizzle with honey.

Note: Simply double or triple if you are making for a party.


10 comments:

  1. There is no shame in eating honey from the jar (at least I hope there isn't!). :D

    Beautiful recipe!

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  2. Love it when my husband brings home goodies from clients or friends!
    Beautiful bites for a quick but flavorful appetizer ;)

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  3. What tasty bites! I have a feeling I'd have trouble keeping a spoon out of that honey :).

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  4. Delicious! I love Belgian Endive cold or baked. Thank you for your fab recipe.

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  5. Yum, I think this could be dinner for me! It looks wonderful and I love your blue plate that matches your blog just perfectly!!! I agree, there's nothing like local honey, there's not really a comparison, maybe it should have a different name.

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  6. Lovely recipe, and I love the plate... I guess it is from Anthropologie? I have the exact same, bought it when we lived in Los Angeles for a year... brings me back memories of a favorite (although quite expensive) store ;0)

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  7. Oh man. Is it bad that I can't wait until my husband starts working so that he can too bring home stuff like that?! And so that I can send away the sweets after taking pictures. It'll be amazing. :D

    Anyway, these seem so simple and creative. Nice! :)

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  8. A fantastic light appetizer. How nice that your received such lovely gifts from friends. We too have a friend that gives us fresh eggs and it's so nice of them to share. That honey looks so pretty too.

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  9. Delicious looking little bite! These are perfect to carefree entertaining.

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  10. I love your appetizer nights! You guys must have the best weekends and parties!

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