Apricots and Stilton Bites | Friday Night Bites

Several weeks ago I attended a performance for Broadway Under the Stars from the Transcendence Theatre Company in Sonoma.  My company sponsored half of the performance while Moss Adams took care of the other half.  It was a great way to end an all day meeting in Sonoma.  The weather was simply perfect for an evening of great wine, food and entertainment. What a great way to spend a Thursday evening.

There were passed appetizers and free flowing wine.  I was particularly drawn to one of the passed appetizers and thought I would recreate it for my Friday Night Bites series.  It was such a simple combination of flavors but just shouted summer.  Since apricots are in their prime now, just a drizzle of honey, stilton blue cheese, fresh thyme and a sprinkle of Maldon salt capped off this one bite wonder.
I used a Turkish honey that I found at Trader Joes and it has some wonderful undertones of floral notes and set off the ripe apricot perfectly.  You could also sprinkle with some chopped toasted pecans for a bit of crunch as an additional element to this appetizer. 
Personally I would suggest pairing this appetizer with either a sparkling wine or a light white wine or your favorite French Rose.
Apricots and Stilton Bites
Makes 16
4 Ripe Apricots
Stilton Cheese
Fresh Thyme Leaves
Maldon Salt

Cut the apricots into quarters and discard the seeds. Place onto your favorite platter.  Place a small piece of stilton on top of each apricot and drizzle with honey.  Place a small sprig of thyme leaf on each apricot and a light dusting of Maldon salt. Serve immediately.
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