“Savory” and “Fruit” may not come to mind as being compatible, but when it comes to appetizers,the combination is perfect. Sweet and spicy or tart, plus pairing of textures, give a surprise spark to the taste buds and leave guests wanting to experience more.
The stuffed dates, figs, apricots and grilled fruits above are quite easy and quite eye-catching.
To start, the easiest:
Heat butter in a frying pan until slightly brown. Add slices of firm fruit, such as pineapple, peach, pear, plum, apple, apricot.
On high heat, brown quickly on each side.You may sprinkle with spices, such as nutmeg or cloves, or you can go hot, with a little white pepper, ginger, Indian hot pepper, (be careful!) or paprika. Sugar is unnecessary as the caramelization of the fruit sugar in the pan-frying makes them particularly sweet.
Skewer with a toothpick.
Stuffed Dried Mission figs: slit, filled with hazelnut-chocolate spread,(Nutella), a smoked or wasabi almond, glazed walnut or any of the suggestions below.
Stuffed Dates and Apricots
With a short,sharp knife, slit the fruit and open the cavity gently with a dull knife, (or a clean finger!), and insert any of the following:
sweet coconut, with or without nuts, or dried fruit bits,(mango, pineapple, crasins, cherries,(dried or Maraschino),
or with sweet cheese [ricotta, mascarpone or Neufchatel mixed with honey, sugar, stevia or other sweetener, plain or with the options of nuts and/or spices, such as nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, etc. Silken tofu or “vegan cream cheese” can be used as well.]
Top these with a piece of dried fruit or nuts.
These will also have to be skewered or placed in candy paper cups, or , easier, mini cupcake papers.
Note: Pre-made sweet coconut can be used or prepared with stevia or other sweetener as I suggested in the NuNaturals promo post of September 11, 2014. Although I developed those recipes with the product in mind, ANY stevia product or sweetener of choice can be used. (I found that wasabi almonds are a fantastic mix with sweet coconut…I can’t get enough of the combination!)
Please see all of the September 11 post for more (sugar free) sweet appetizer ideas.
Again, please feel free to use ANY sweetener of your choice.
It’s crunch-time for the holidays.I will post again in a day or two to get in as many appetizers as I can before most of the holiday season.