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Bacon Apple Gorgonzola Bites

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Bacon Apple Gorgonzola Bites ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday#appetizer #recipe

I saw a recipe for Gorgonzola Truffles and she mentioned she served them with apples, grapes or pears and I thought, well, gosh, why not put the apple INSIDE the truffle? How marvelous would that be, to have a crunchy surprise bite of sassy apple right inside your creamy cheese?

So I made up my own version of Gorgonzola Truffles, with chunks of honey crisp apple inside. It totally works! The mixture of sweet and savory, creamy and crunchy is just marvelous, perfect for a holiday appetizer or cocktail party.

Bacon Apple Gorgonzola Bites ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday#appetizer #recipe

I took some to work to see if my coworkers agree whether they thought I should serve these at the holiday event we have coming up and everyone who tasted them totally agreed …  yes, oh yes.

The really awesome bit about these little bites is you can make them ahead of time and the apples won’t go brown because they are enfolded in cheese, not exposed to air! Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for a day or two.

Bacon Apple Gorgonzola Bites

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Bacon Apple Gorgonzola Bites

Ingredients

    For the cheese mixture:
  • 3 - 4 slices lean bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 8-oz. package Greek cream cheese (or Neufchatel), softened
  • 2 - 4 Tablespoons crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian blend of cheeses
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons snipped chives
  • For the crunchy coating:
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped and toasted
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chives, or green onions (or a mix of these), chopped
  • For the surprise inside:
  • 1 - 2 crisp apples, peeled, cored and chopped into chunks (I used honeycrisp)

Instructions

  1. Cook up the bacon and chop it into crumbles.
  2. Put the softened cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in the cheeses, then half the bacon and the chives. (Reserve the rest of the bacon for the crunchy topping.) Set the cheese mixture in the fridge to cool a bit.
  3. Chop and toast the pecans, then put them in a small bowl with the rest of the bacon and the chopped parsley.
  4. Now peel and core an apple and cut into 3/4-inch chunks. Dip each apple chunk in the cheese mixture, using a spoon and/or your fingers to pat some cheese all around the apple chunk. The cheese won't stick to the apple, so just do your best to encase the apple in cheese.
  5. Clean your fingers and roll the little cheese ball in the nut mixture and set on a clean plate. If you still have cheese left, repeat with the 2nd apple. Continue until the apples or the cheese is gone.
  6. Chill the mini cheese balls completely in the fridge before serving (at least 30 minutes). Serve cold.

Notes

The "Cook time" noted above is really cooling time. You don't actually "cook" anything except the bacon.

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Bacon Apple Gorgonzola Bites ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday#appetizer #recipe

This recipe was shared at Foodie Friends Friday, Weekend Potluck, What to Do Weekends, Munching Monday, Tuesday’s Table and Treasure Box Tuesday.

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4 Responses

  1. Ani

    Oh my sweet lord…yum! Can’t wait to make these!!

    November 26, 2014 at 10:37 am

    • Ann

      Ani, thank you for your kind comment! I hope you love them as much as we did :)

      November 28, 2014 at 8:47 pm

  2. I added your blog post and picture to a round up. I hope you like it! Happy Holidays! Jessi

    December 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    • Ann

      Why thank you, Jessi! I can’t wait to see your roundup … Happy Holidays to you :)

      December 21, 2014 at 8:33 pm