Enjoy this sliced apple appetizer with goat cheese, almonds and honey at your next get together for a little something that’s sweet, tart and crunchy and super easy to make!
Apple and Goat Cheese Appetizer
I’m calling this cheese and apple appetizer, APPLE-tizers and I’m seriously so obsessed with them!
A nice change from your typical charcuterie board, apple appetizers are easy to make in less than 10 minutes, and are super fresh and flavorful and nutritious too. They’re perfect for the holiday season, and also a great gluten free appetizer option. Because in this case the apple is serving as the cracker.
Sweet, crunchy, tart, creamy and fresh, apple appetizers are everything you want in an a little pre-dinner appetizer all wrapped into a delicious bite.
The flavors and textures work really well together and with over 2.3 million views on Instagram (!!), they’re sure to be a hit when you make them!
Ingredients for Apple Appetizers
Apples — I used honey crisp apples. The sweet tartness complements the flavors of these apple appetizers perfectly! Apples are a good source of fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants that help prevent inflammation.
Goat Cheese — I love these with goat cheese but you could also use brie or any other spreadable cheese. I recommend using plain goat cheese.
Almonds — Almonds give these appetizers the perfect crunch! A handful of almonds provides 50% of your recommended daily value of vitamin E in one serving, which helps protect skin cells from damaging effects of free radicals caused by pollution, UV rays and more.
Pumpkin Seeds — Nutty pumpkin seeds add flavor and crunch to this appetizer, plus more fiber and healthy fat per bite.
Honey — A drizzle of honey complements the goat cheese and crunchy nutty flavors so well.
Fresh Thyme — You smell the thyme as you go in for a bite and it just elevates all of the flavors in a fresh way.
equipment / utensils
- cutting board (I love these from Epicurean)
- butter knife or mini spatula
How to Cut Apples Into Rounds
Wondering how to cut apples for decorative appetizer plate? My method for cutting an apple into thin slices is perfect. For this snack/appetizer idea you’re going to cut an apple a little different than you might normally would for more surface area for the toppings!
With the apple sitting upright (so its little apple bottom is sitting on the cutting board), you’re going to start cutting thin slices down the side ensuring that they’re not flimsy, just thick enough to support all of the toppings. You should get 4-5 thinly sliced apples depending on how big your apple is.
Get as many slices as you can from one side, turn the apple around to the other side and repeat to get thin slices. You’re going to be left with some apple on the core left of the sides. Slice up and enjoy while you’re making these!
How to Prevent Apples From Browning
Each time I’ve made these appetizers I’ve enjoyed them right away so I wasn’t too worried about the apple browning. They’re definitely best when enjoyed right after making them. But if you want to make them slightly in advance, I recommend putting your apple slices in cold water with a little bit of lemon juice to help prevent browning.
Dry them off with a paper towel before spreading the goat cheese on top.
Assembling Apple Appetizers
- Slice the apples.
- Spread the goat cheese on top.
- Top with chopped almonds and pumpkin seeds.
- Drizzle with little bit of honey on each slice.
- Sprinkle with fresh thyme.
- Serve & enjoy!
If you like this idea, be sure to check out the sweet version — chocolate bark apples!
Apple Appetizers with Goat Cheese, Almonds and Honey
- 1 cutting board
- 1 knife
- 1 butter knife or mini spatula
- 2-3 honey crisp apples
- 1/2 cup goat cheese
- 2 tbsp. chopped almonds
- 2 tbsp. pumpkin seeds
- 1 1/2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme
- Wash, dry and slice your apples into rounds.
- Spread cheese on top of the apple slice and top with chopped almonds and pumpkin seeds.
- Drizzle a little bit of honey over each and sprinkle with fresh thyme.
- Repeat with remaining apple slices. Arrange on a plate and serve immediately. Enjoy!
More Apple Recipes You’re Sure to Love:
- Chocolate Bark Apples
- Pumpkin Apple Baked Oatmeal (GF & DF)
- Butternut Squash Apple Soup (GF & DF)
- Apple, Brie & Prosciutto Flatbread
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