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~ GF Manchego, Apple, Walnut & Fig Preserve Bites ~

IMG_7141If you entertain on occasion, it's wise to have one or two really good gluten-free recipes in your repertoire.  In the case of these delightful two-bite snacks, I love to serve them even when gluten-free is a non-issue.  On the topic of GF and speaking from my own experience, two decades ago I knew one person with Celiac's disease.  Currently I know three Celiacs.  Don't ask me to speak about people decide of their own free will to follow a gluten-free  diet without a doctors diagnosis --  a silly, somewhat irresponsible fad-diet trend which I'm starting see too much of.

One short list of easy-to-find ingredients & no measuring:

IMG_7112Listed in the order of assembly:

1 box Good Thins sea salt & pepper gluten-free rice crackers

apple slices, 1 thin apple slice per cracker, any type of apple will be wonderful

Manchego cheese, 1 thin slice per cracker

prosciutto or Serrano ham, 1 thin whisp per cracker

fig preserves, 1 small dollop per cracker

lightly-toasted coarse-chopped walnuts, 4-5 crunchy morsels per cracker

IMG_7115 IMG_7117 IMG_7120 IMG_7123 IMG_7126 IMG_7128~Step 1.  In the order listed, assemble the appetizers:  A cracker, a Manchego cheese slice, an apple slice, a dollop of fig preserves, a few toasted walnut walnut morsels, a a whisp or two of Prosciutto.  Serve ASAP but can be covered and refrigerated 1-2 hours prior to serving at room temperature.   

Casual yet elegant & perfect for any occasion:

IMG_7136GF Manchego Apple, Walnut & Fig Preserve Bites:  Recipe yields instruction to make as many appetizers as you want to make.

Special Equipment List: cutting board; chef's knife; small spoon

6a0120a8551282970b02b75175dd2a200bCook's Note: I have a handful of favorite ways to enjoy Manchgo cheese here in my kitchen, but, truth told, my favorite way is the simplest:  put a thin slice of Manchgo on a French bread slice with a dollop of fig preserves.  That's it.  Just three ingredients (bread, cheese and jam).  It is marvelous -- sometimes, when I'm hungry and in need of quick, snack, I skip the bread and use Club or Ritz crackers as the crunchy base.  Combined with a few other easy-to-find ingredients, these two-three-bite three-ingredient appetizers go from marvelous to over-the-top in a few short moments.  Try my NOT gluten-free ~ Manchgo, Apple Prosciutto, Arugula & Fig Crostini ~.

"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2023)


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