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Smoky Nut-Stuffed Apricots
Diabetic Living Magazine
“Dried apricots are stuffed with provolone cheese and pecan halves, then wrapped in bacon, baked, and served warm for a fresh take on a favorite appetizer.”
16 dried pitted apricots
2 ounces provolone cheese, cut into 16 small cubes
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
16 pecan or walnut halves, toasted
8 slices turkey bacon, cooked according to package directions
1Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut a slit in the side of each apricot; gently pull apricot open at the slit. If desired, in a small bowl, toss together provolone cheese cubes and cayenne pepper. Place a cheese piece and a pecan piece into each apricot. Press apricots back together.
2Cool bacon slightly; cut each slice in half lengthwise. Wrap one bacon piece around each stuffed apricot. Use wooden toothpicks to secure.
3Arrange bacon-wrapped apricots on a greased or parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake about 8 minutes or until heated through and cheese is softened. Serve warm.