It’s party time and you get asked to bring something, maybe a little appetizer and you know you just don’t have time to come whip up something party worthy (gasp!)….what is a time crunched party guest to do? I have the answer. The Organic Kitchen No Fuss Appetizer Platter!
! All these items can be purchased at the store and besides slicing the gouda (aged five years btw) there is no work! This appetizer is found on page 63 of “Seasonal Favorites from The Organic Kitchen: Fall/ Winter Menus”. If you still don’t have a copy you can buy the eBook or hardcover here! (Hey, a girl’s gotta make a living!)
The “Before” shot:
The crackers are Raincoast Crisps by Leslie Stowe. They are really more like bread crisps than a cracker and come in a variety of flavors! Notice the beautiful nuts and seeds baked right in. No wonder they are my favorite! I buy them in the Whole Foods Market gourmet section.
Next up, the fig spread and goat cheese! Oh boy, these two items combined are outrageously good! I use Matica Caprichio de Cabra (goat cheese) from Whole Foods Market. It is the best goat cheese I have come across! But whatever brand you choose, go with a log that can be cut to size. That way you end up with a perfect round that can be topped with Organic Adriatic Fig Spread (see the little jar with the orange lid above) also from the Gourtmet Section at Whole Foods or Sprouts Markets. Just spoon the fig spread onto the goat cheese and then spread on a cracker!
Now onto the Marcona Almonds. These delicious little treats are blanched almonds coated in olive oil, rosemary and sea salt. I buy mine at Trader Joe’s but they can be found in almost any super market.
Oh…and the gouda… can’t forget the best part. This gouda is aged five years! It tastes like caramel and cheese all rolled into one. Eaten on the crackers or alone followed by sweet red grapes, well, it’s heavenly…just heavenly! I buy Uniekaas at WF”s but Trader Joe’s also sells a 1000 day aged Gouda that is very good.
If you think I am a little excited about this cheese, at least I wait till I’m out of the grocery store to eat it, my grand daughter does not possess my restraint…
Yes we are going to have to work on delayed gratification but who can blame her! So back to the beauty of this appetizer platter… to put this entire platter together can set you back about $40. If that is not in your budget just do the gouda, grapes and crackers…or the almonds and grapes, or the goat cheese/fig spread and crackers! You can divide it anyway you wish and the party guests will still rave and be none the wiser that you went to absolutely no fuss!
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