Appetizers III Savory Fruit/ Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Vegan-optional

“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.

Stuffed dates, figs  and grilled pineapple make wonderfully surprising  appetizers

Stuffed dates, figs and grilled pineapple make wonderfully surprising appetizers

The stuffed dates, figs, apricots and grilled fruits above are quite easy and quite eye-catching.

To start, the easiest:

Grilled fruit:
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.

 

 

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13 thoughts on “Appetizers III Savory Fruit/ Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Vegan-optional

  1. hotlyspiced

    I do love stuffed dates and a blogger friend of mine stuffs the dates with blue cheese then wraps the dates in bacon and puts in the oven under high heat until the bacon is crispy. I’m going to make them this Christmas xx

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  2. Fae's Twist & Tango

    It is a Persian custom that we serve dried fruits with tea, especially for those who do not want to have it with sugar cubes. Some classy ladies stuff the dates with crushed almonds or cheese. This platter looks really yummy Tonette. 😛

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    1. Tonette Joyce

      Oh, thank you ,Fae! Americans don’t often think to utilize dried fruits and they are so versatile! When I had my bakery/restaurant, I would make fancy box lunches with my own fruit compote.I would top it with a stuffed date.It made a big impression.
      How nice of you to stop in!

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      1. Tonette Joyce Post author

        How nice, Fae.No, I haven’t, but I mention some of the things I did here.My niece and I ran it together, after I took it over from my old boss. It was in the next town over and it was not a great location.Unfortunately, just as we went to move it closer to home, many family emergencies and set-backs happened in close succession. We had held out hope for a long time to re-open, but it doesn’t feasible any more. I have met more interesting people online, anyway!

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