A few ingredients can go a long way, when they are packed with flavor. Keep these items on hand and you will have a spot-on tasty treat to give your drop-in guests, or when you have limited time in prepping for your holiday party fare. This canape has a sweet savory flavor highlighting the sweetness of the cranberry with the sharpness of the gherkin. A pleasant surprise when you take that first bite. Quick, easy, flavorful – how simple is this?
Cranberry Cheese Rounds with Gherkins
1 package round Savory Crisps (34 brand)
Marcona Almonds – 4 ounce tub (Matiz brand)
1 tub of Le Roule Cranberry Log (1/2 pound)
Slice the gherkins in half. Do a rough chop on the almonds. Set aside both.
Scoop the cranberry cheese into a baggie and cut off a tiny corner of the bag – now you have a pastry bag! Lay out the crackers on your serving platter and press out a round of the cheese onto the crackers.
Top each round with a half slice of gherkin, sprinkle with chopped almonds and a dash of paprika.
Fifteen minutes tops and you are done!!
What is the difference between an almond and a Marcona Almond? Marcona Almonds are imported from Spain and are more round and plumper than almonds from California. Their texture and flavor are similar to macadamia nuts. The ones I used were fried in olive oil and then salted.