Today’s recipe isn’t much of an exact recipe as it is a suggestion for an appetizer. Got love the easy ones, right!? The inspiration comes from a local restaurant called Simmzy’s. It’s always packed, so one day we decided to try going add an off time, mid-afternoon. I wasn’t especially hungry, so I ordered an appetizer as my meal. It was chèvre with apricot and local honey, served with homemade crackers.
The combination of salty, savory and sweet was perfect. I decided to try making it at home and it turned out pretty fantastic!
Let’s start with the cheese. Chèvre is goat cheese. I bought a little 4 ounce package from Trader Joe’s and brought it to room temp. Chop up 3 dried apricots and mix in, along with 1-2 tablespoons of honey. I made it easy on myself and served it in the bowl I made it, but you could mold it back into a ball and put it on a mini serving platter, drizzling it with more honey.
The crackers are something I make a lot. Especially if I have bread that’s going stale! This time, I used a baguette from Trader Joe’s. Thinly slice it and place it on a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake it at 425 degrees for about 8 minutes or until golden brown.