NW Summer Cocktail Party featuring simple & crisp


simple & crisp

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.

Orange Pear and Apple Crisps

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?

Oregonzola Truffles on Pear Crisps

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.

Washington Apple Cocktail

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!

Orange Crisps with Cream and Dark Chocolate

For more information and pairing ideas, check out simpleandcrisp.com.

Oh, and check out the Mornin’, Sunshine Smoothie garnished with an Orange Crisp.

Oregonzola Truffles
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Author: A Passionate Plate
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 6
These cheese-y bites are especially yummy when served on simple & crisp Pear Crisps and drizzled with raw honey.
  • 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
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted and finely chopped
  1. Combine the first five ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Stir well.
  2. Using a scoop or teaspoon, roll the cheese mixture into 1/2-inch balls.
  3. Roll each ball in almonds and chill for at least an hour, or up to three days.
  4. Serve with honey for drizzling.


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