Last week I dedicated my blog to holiday desserts, this week is all about appetizers. If you’re hosting a holiday party or any type of gathering and are in need of quick but delicious hors d’oeuvres, look no further! I am featuring three great appetizers that are a cinch to put together and look gourmet. First to start is a fig and walnut tartlets with crumbled blue cheese and honey, followed by manchego tortas with romesco sauce and lastly, a spiced kabocha and apple soup. Let the festivities begin!

fig and walnut tartlets

fig and walnut tartlets

fig and walnut tartlets

fig and walnut tartlets

fig and walnut tartlets

Fig and walnut tartlets
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
833 calories
91 g
1 g
47 g
11 g
14 g
193 g
716 g
6 g
0 g
27 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
193g
Yields
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 833
Calories from Fat 416
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 47g
72%
Saturated Fat 14g
72%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 21g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 716mg
30%
Total Carbohydrates 91g
30%
Dietary Fiber 5g
19%
Sugars 6g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
5%
Iron
26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup walnuts halves
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 24 tart shells
  5. crumbed Stilton cheese
  6. 6 figs, quartered
  7. honey for drizzling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare the candied walnuts. Place walnuts, sugar and water in a nonstick pan and heat over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes. Remove walnuts with a slotted spoon to a parchment line baking sheet. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until lightly caramelized. Transfer walnuts to a clean parchment paper.
  3. Place one fig quarter in each tart shell, followed by crumbled blue cheese and caramelized walnuts. Drizzle honey on the tartlets. Serve.
Notes
  1. Candied walnuts can be prepared up to 1 week in advance.
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calories
833
fat
47g
protein
11g
carbs
91g
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**Helpful tips and common mistakes

What I love about these tartlets is that there is practically no cooking involved! You can choose to make your own tart shells, but if you want to skip that step, purchase frozen shells. Puff pastry shells or pie shells both work wonderfully with this appetizer. 

These hors d’eovures can easily be modified; not a fan or walnuts? Substitute with pecans, almonds, or pinenuts. If you prefer a different cheese, use crumbled goat or even sliced brie instead of the blue. Figs not in season? Use another fruit such as persimmons or caramelized apples. This recipe is incredibly easy on all accounts! Easy to prepare, easy to modify and easy on the eyes!

fig and walnut tartlets

 

 

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