Easy Holiday Apple-tizer

Appetizers have always been my favorite course to prepare. With limitless possibilities stylistically as well as aesthetically, the course lends itself to fun. Plus, where there are appetizers, there is a party – always a good thing. Perhaps most importantly, they’re mentally more manageable for me. As a cook with literally zero training, prepping & serving bite-sized pieces was less of a wide-reaching endeavor: Find something you like, shrink it down and make sure it pops with color and flavor and there ya go. Plus you get to use cute little plates and make good use of negative space. Enjoyable.

This one right here was perfect for time & place as well – apples are in prime season, and red and green are. . .well, they match the color palette of the Holidays. Add a little bacon for texture and flavor, my ‘Ingredient of the Year, 2014’ pomegranate seeds for literal pop and you have an awesome, awesome – and SIMPLE – Holiday (or anytime) appetizer.



  • red and green apples, sliced
  • juice of two lemons
  • goat cheese
  • cracked black pepper
  • baby arugula
  • pomegranate seeds
  • crisped bacon


  • soak apple  in lemon immediately after slicing
  • remove, drain on paper towels
  • crisp bacon and drain on paper towels to dry
  •  spread goat cheese on apples
  • crack black pepper generously on apple/cheese
  • add one baby arugula leaf to each slice
  • break bacon into small pieces, adding one piece to each slice
  • add one pomegranate seed
  • serve and say ‘Happy Holidays’apple2

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