Dried fruit bites are an easy and interesting appetizer with savory and sweet notes.
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1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter
24 whole almonds
24 walnut halves
9 ounces pitted dried plums
2 ounces blue cheese, cut into 24 chunks
24 (6 ounces) pitted dried dates
24 small pieces crystallized ginger
Melt butter in 10-inch skillet until sizzling; add almonds and walnuts. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 4-6 minutes or until nuts are toasted.
Use tip of finger to open the space where pit was removed from dried plum. Stuff warm walnut half into each dried plum; top with chunk of cheese.
If necessary, slit center of date. Stuff each date with almond and piece of ginger.
To serve, arrange stuffed fruit on platter. Serve at room temperature.
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These were delicious, just that "certain something" to take a cheese board from average to wow! My walnut halves were so large that, rather than break them in two, I just used them to stuff the prunes and scattered the prunes around a wedge of blue cheese.
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