It’s time to face the inevitable: it’s November, and that means we are entering the holiday season. And with the holiday season come holiday parties. And with holiday parties come HORS D’OUEVRES. And the only thing harder than figuring out how to spell hors d’ouevres is figuring out what they should be.
I’m all for a good cheese ball, but there’s nothing like coming across a new nibbles idea that is both easy AND delicious AND different. Because after the nibbles you still have the main course, the dessert, and the holiday cards that all still have to be done. But never fear, I have you covered!
All you need for this one is a nice french bread baguette, your favorite jam (I like fig, but peach or apricot will work just fine), and a nice soft triple cream cheese – Brie, Camembert, or my current obession, D’Affinois. A little fresh chopped thyme and you are in business.
Cut the baguette into thin slices and spread each slice with a little jam – I used fig jam, but peach or apricot would work just as well. . Slather on a bit of soft cheese. Sprinkle a few bits of chopped fresh thyme. If you want to get REALLY fancy, grind some fresh pepper on top.
That’s it – you are done! Put them on a nice platter, pour some mixed nuts into a bowl and now all you have to worry about is the next two courses. And the holiday cards. And the shopping. Ho ho ho!
This easy recipe for fig jam and cheese bites is a super quick appetizer that is the perfect start to any dinner party – or a great snack on its own!
- 1 small loaf of French bread cut into 1/4 inch slices
- 1 jar of fig jam (peach and apricot jam work wonderfully too!)
- 1 wedge of Brie or Camembert cheese, room temperature
- 1 small bunch of fresh thyme
- Spread each bread slice with a generous spoonful of jam. Top with a slather of cheese.
- Sprinkle with thyme leaves and arrange on a pretty platter. You’re done!