Grilled Apricots with Smoky Blue Cheese and Almonds

This appetizer is bursting with an amazing combination of sweet, savory, sour, spicy and smoky flavors. A delicious way to celebrate fresh apricots (and other stone fruits)!

8 firm ripe apricots

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

Pinch cayenne

8 slices baguette, 1/2 inch thick

Extra olive oil for brushing the bread

1/4 cup roasted almonds, coarsely chopped

2-3 ounces smoky blue cheese


  1. Cut the apricots in half lengthwise, remove the pits and place them in a bowl. Combine the olive oil honey, lemon juice, thyme leaves and cayenne and gently toss with the apricots.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill to high heat and grill the apricots about 2 minutes per side or until golden and sizzling. Make a little crostini by brushing the bread slices with olive oil and cooking them on the grill until lightly toasted. (For softer bread,  toast just one side; for crispier bread, toast both.)
  3. Arrange 2 apricot halves on each of the crostini, scatter with the smoky blue cheese and chopped almonds and garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme. Fabulous!


Yield: 8 servings