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Cheese, Cheese, and more Cheese

I love cheese.  I love all things cheese.  When I have a chance to get together with my friends, I usually make things cheese-related.  So recently, when us gals got together, I made two cheese appetizers.  They are very simple, very easy to throw together – in fact, I was only missing one or two ingredients for both dishes, everything else I had on hand!!

The first dish:  Apricots and Cheese

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Ingredients:

a pack of dried apricots
1 oz. of cream cheese
1/4 C. (or so) of blue cheese (to flavor)
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp sugar
1/4 C chopped walnuts
Fresh Rosemary

Sautee the walnuts (finely chopped) in the butter in a pan.  When they are slightly toasted, add the tsp of sugar, then 1-2 tsp of fresh, chopped Rosemary.  Sautee 1-2 minutes, then remove from heat.

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Mix the cream cheese with blue cheese.

 

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Layer the apricot with the cheese mix, then top with the herbed walnuts.  Eat in a bite-sized amount 🙂  *GREAT* savory appetizer!!

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The second recipe:  Mini Cheesecakes

Ingredients:
1/3 C Panko
1/3 C Ground walnuts
1/2 tsp dried Basil
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened
1 4-oz package feta cheese
1 egg
2 Tbsp sour cream
2 Tbsp chopped Kalmata olives
Fresh Basil
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I only needed a small amount of these cheesecakes, so I cut most of the recipe in half (including the egg).   For the crust, heat the oven to 350, and line a mini-muffin tin with cupcake papers.  Mix together the Panko, Walnuts, and butter.  Press a Tbsp of so of the crust-mix into the bottom of the muffin cups (I used the end of my pestle).

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In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, feta cheese, and egg until well combined (the less lumps the better).  Add the egg and the sour cream.  When well-mixed, add on top of the walnut crust (~1 Tbsp per tin).  Bake 12-15 minutes until the filling is set.

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Cool outside of the tin pan for a few minutes.  Top each cheesecake with the olive/basil mix before serving.

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These are both super savory dishes.  They’re great for a gathering, easy finger-food.  Hopefully you enjoy them as much as I did!!

 

 

 

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