Today’s recipes are…well, way too simple to be considered actual “recipes.” In the final days before Christmas when out-of-town guests start to trickle in, it’s so necessary to have some little bites on hand to satisfy the hungry crowds between meals. Of course, since it is the holidays, these should be extra special bites, and these appetizers are all about assembling the absolute best ingredients, no cooking required. I wrote about my favorite snack mixes last week… keep reading for the recipes for today’s cheese-centric hors d’oeuvres. 

Grainy flatbread + creamy bleu cheese + sliced figs + honey.

A whole grain cracker or baguette could stand in for the crispy flatbread here. I used a really good Roquefort. (the stinkier, the better to me!) Even if your figs aren’t super ripe, a drizzle of honey will sweeten them right up. For an extra-luxe interpretation, place a piece of oozing honeycomb right on the platter and let everyone scoop out their own nectar.

Next up: Sliced pear + triple cream brie + candied pecans.

It doesn’t get much simpler than this, kids… or more delicious. Make sure your pear is really ripe and your brie is super creamy. I’m partial to St. André Triple Cream. Candied pecans add crunch and sweetness. Crumble them over the top (and try not to eat them all in the process.)

So that’s what I’ll be whipping up for holiday snacking this weekend! What are some of your simple go-to appetizers?

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  1. 1
    Priscilla Joy December 23, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Enjoy this amazing holiday weekend.
    This looks delicious.


  2. 2
    Heather December 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Those look so tasty – esp the bleu cheese and cracker!

    I love keeping a good baguette in the house that you can slice up and toast. Serve it with some homemade or store-bought dips for easy crostinis (white bean hummus, olive tapenade, and spinach artichoke spread are my favorites).

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    allison { TAYLOR MOSELEY } December 24, 2011 at 3:04 am

    I happen to love blue cheese and honey together. So, this recipe is right up my alley. Yum!

    I’m making bean & garlic soup, slow cooked chuck roast, cheesy potato gratin, and tres leches cake. I also plan to make chocolate and brie sandwiches w/ basil. MMM!

  4. 4
    Celine December 27, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Hi Camille. I love your blog!! I made the pears for Christmas Eve! They were amazing! Thanks for the recipe! Here’s the recap on my blog!

  5. 5
    Peiji December 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    These are simply amazing and easy to make!
    looks delicious 🙂
    Happy Holidays 🙂

  6. 6
    sara January 26, 2012 at 1:00 am

    These look absolutely incredible, especially the fig one! YUM! 🙂

  7. 7
    Sue January 26, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Trying this weekend!

  8. 8
    Jennifer May 6, 2012 at 5:08 am

    I just love to combine fruit and cheese, and I can’t wait to try these! I love that both recipes are easy finger foods but they are decidedly special.

    My go-to is a quick bruschetta with the freshest combo of tomatoes I can find, chopped and blended with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, chiffonade of basil and dashes of salt and pepper. If I have it on hand, each crostini gets smeared with goat cheese before getting topped with tomatoes – I can’t get enough goat cheese!

    Thanks again for sharing your delightful recipes!