Look at those beauties! We received these gorgeous Simple & Crisp dried fruit slices in the mail last week with this lovely note:
Please enjoy pairing our delectable fruit crisps with some of your favorite culinary cravings!Simple & Crisp’s gluten-free dried fruit slices are the perfect healthy cracker alternative and the perfect pairing – from savory to sweet to cheese, chocolate, canapes, champagne, wine and anything else in between – these fruit crisps are a gourmet gluten-free entertaining staple.
What a wonderful excuse to get creative and plan a Northwest Summer Cocktail Party featuring Simple & Crisp orange, pear and apple crisps!
I’m a huge fan of cheese and crackers, but I love the idea of serving these Oregonzola Truffles with Pear Crisps and local honey in place of the less-healthy wheat crackers I’d usually indulge in. If you’re like me, eating something that is delicious AND healthy just makes me happy. And that’s how you want to feel at a cocktail party, right?
On my birthday this year, Cathy and I were looking to have a lil fun and order “shots”. (Ha! I think our waiter was a bit shocked by our giddy request and probably thought to himself, “Oh, boy! Here we go…”). Since we had requested something “fun, but not too sweet” he recommended a Washington Apple shot and it was perfect! This combination of equal parts whiskey, cranberry juice and Sour-Apple Pucker tastes remarkably like a fresh, crisp apple. Our server definitely looked disappointed, though, when we didn’t order seconds. I decided on the Washington Apple with a Simple & Crisp Apple garnish for my Northwest Summer Cocktail Party.
And, what’s a party without a little dessert? The Simple & Crisp Oranges are just the right amount of tart and they scream to be paired with dark chocolate. This platter of Orange Crisps topped with whipped cream and a chunk of dark chocolate is the perfect finish to a lovely cocktail party. EnJOY!
For more information and pairing ideas, check out simpleandcrisp.com.
Oh, and check out the Mornin’, Sunshine Smoothie garnished with an Orange Crisp.
- 4 oz. Lite Cream Cheese
- 4 oz. Oregonzola crumbles (or Gorgonzola)
- dash of Worcestershire sauce
- pinch of black pepper
- 1 Tbsp. Walla Walla sweet onion, finely chopped
- ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted and finely chopped
- Combine the first five ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Stir well.
- Using a scoop or teaspoon, roll the cheese mixture into ½-inch balls.
- Roll each ball in almonds and chill for at least an hour, or up to three days.
- Serve with honey for drizzling.