2008 Delicious Living Reader Recipe Contest: RUNNER UP, Appetizer/Sides:

Serves 8 / This wonderful appetizer, with a festive combination of tastes, is ready in minutes.

1/2 cup chopped red apple
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup coarsely chopped Blue Diamond NaturalRaw Almonds
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons butter, melted
2 4-ounce wedges Meyenberg Jack or Smoked Jack Goat Cheese
Blue Diamond Nut Thins, or 1 French baguette, cut into rounds


1. Preheat oven to 350˚. Coarsely chop apple and combine in a medium bowl with cranberries, almonds, honey, cinnamon and butter.

2. Stand one cheese wedge on its side and cut down the length through the middle, creating two identical shapes. Repeat with remaining cheese wedge. Place two pieces, rind side down, in a small baking dish (pieces should be touching). Spoon half of apple mixture onto cheese. Place remaining cheese pieces on top and cover with remaining apple mixture. Bake 8 minutes, or just until cheese starts to melt. Serve with crackers or baguette rounds.

The 2008 Recipe contest is sponsored by:
Blue Diamond Crown Prince Myenberg Imagine Kikkoman Organic Valley Mori-Nu Rachel's Dairy