Apricot Coins

This hors d'oeuvre not only looks festive and tastes terrific, but it also couldn't be easier to make. The goat cheese can be whipped in[ advance and refrigerated for up to two days. Be sure to bring it to room temperature and give it a good stir before using it.]

Total Time:
10 min
Prep:
10 min

Yield:
makes 40, serves 10 to 12
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 2 teaspoons milk, more if needed
  • 40 dried apricots (about 6 ounces), preferably Turkish
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves (or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme)
  • 40 candied walnut halves
Directions

In the bowl of a stand mixer, place the cheese and milk. (Or use a medium-sized bowl and a wooden spoon.) Using the paddle attachment, whip the cheese (or stir it vigorously) for at least 5 minutes, or until it is very smooth and creamy. If the cheese is still crumbly, add more milk 1/2 teaspoon at a time.

To assemble, spread about 1/8 teaspoon of cheese on each apricot. (If using California apricots, put the goat cheese on the shiny side.) Drizzle a little honey over the cheese and top with a light sprinkling of thyme. Place a walnut half on top, arrange the apricots on a platter and serve.


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