These were the hit of my party!! Everyone loved them and wanted the recipe!!
I decided to throw a Christmas Eve Open House. I wasn't sure what the turn out would be, as most of our friends have plans on Christmas Eve. We however, don't usually have anything going on. It was quite a success! I think it will now become a tradition. The challenging part is going to be to figure out how to top this years menu next year. Every single appetizer was oh so delicious!! I think the most commented on though, was this one. The following 8 posts consist of all the appetizers we made. Yes, I say 'we' because my wonderful husband did as much of the work as I did. They also include a make-ahead strategy. So, if you're having your own party, this is a great way to prepare in advance. Or, maybe you're just bringing a dish to pass and you have a busy schedule. I think you'll find it helpful.
All these appetizers were found in Real Simple Magazine.
24 small fresh sage leaves
24 large dried apricots
8 slices bacon, cut crosswise into thirds
2 tbs pure maple syrup
toothpicks, for serving
Heat oven to 375. Place a sage leaf on each apricot, wrap with a pice of bacon, and place seam-side down on a baking sheet. Bake until the bacon is beginning to crisp, 6-8 minutes per side. Remove from oven and brush with the maple syrup. Serve with toothpicks.
Make ahead strategy: The apricots can be assembled and frozen, unbaked, upt to 1 month in advance. Freeze them on a parchment lined baking sheet until firm, then transfer them to a resealable plastic bag. To cook, bake from frozen at 375 for 8-10 minutes per side; keep warm at 250. Brush with the maple syrup before serving.