With only four ingredients, youâ€™ll wonder why these apricot bites attract a crowd. When combining sweet with citrus with nuts with cream, you are bound to get a dish that satisfies everyoneâ€™s craving. In this recipe, the apricots soak up freshly squeezed orange juice, are split in half and then layered with soft goat cheese and salted chopped pistachios. You get layers of texture all in one bite-sized, unique delight.
Without getting too much into the individual nutrients inherent in these ingredients, individually each of them has its deserved glow points:
Apricots: treats constipation, indigestion, anemia, fevers, skin diseases and weight gain.
Goat cheese: is lower in the hard-to-digest protein casein, which is particularly high in cowâ€™s milk. It is thus a better alternative for those who have trouble digesting dairy. Especially when raw, goat cheese bears healthy probiotics that promote colon health. Goat cheese is also high in protein.
Pistachios: are most notable for their healthy heart benefits. Studies show that pistachios reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDL (good) cholesterol. They are also rich in antioxidants and slow the aging process as well as help to combat diabetes.
Apricots and Goat Cheese Sliders
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Ingredients (20 pieces)
- 10 dried apricots
- Juice of 1/2 an orange
- 2 tbsp goat cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped salted pistachios
Squeeze the juice out of the half orange onto a plate. Peel the apricots into halves, so 10 become 20. Place them face down into the orange juice.
After approximately 30 minutes, the orange juice will have been completely absorbed by the dried apricots. The apricots will look succulently juicy and vibrant in color when turned right-side up.
They taste delicious at this step, so donâ€™t be surprised if a few go missing in progressâ€¦
Top each dried apricot half with a small piece of soft goat cheese.
Sprinkle with chopped pistachios. And thatâ€™s it. Seriously.