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Best Quick Appetizer: Fig & Mascarpone

Updated: Nov 26, 2019

We're talking real quick and real delicious.

Super easy and great to include on cheese boards, this fig and mascarpone appetizer is an old favorite we used to make at the Belo Mansion here in Dallas. Just a smear of mascarpone and a dollop of Fig Jam make a fabulously easy, self-serve appetizer. Little slices of fig or pear make a great garnish, or just serve as is.

Other Cheeseboard Favorites & Tips for the Holidays:

Choose 2-3 of your favorite Cheeses:

1) Soft: Brie, Gorgonzola, fresh Mozzarella or Mascarpone

2) Mild: Aged Cheddar, Muenster, or Gouda

3) Something Different: Red Wine Cheddar, Herbed Cheeses, Mobay

Pick a few Breads or Crackers

I chose butter and wheat crackers in the board above, but toasted baguette slices, seeded crackers and water crackers also make great additions. 

Something Sweet

Fresh Fruit: Pears, Apples, Figs, Grapes, Raspberries, Melon and Strawberries

Dried Fruit: Apricots, Mango Slices and Cranberries

Jams and Jellies, including savory options like Pepper Jelly and Bacon Jam


Something Tangy or Salty

Roasted Nuts: Marcona Almonds, Cashews, Roasted Peanuts, Walnuts or Flavored Nuts

Small Pickles like Cornichon 

Olives: Black, Green, Flavored or Stuffed

Pretzels or Snack Mixes


Summer Sausage

Salami, like Genoa or Sopresatta


Fresh Deli Meats like Ham or Turkey


Cherry Tomatoes

Celery and Carrot Sticks

Sliced Bell peppers

Sliced Cucumbers

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