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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