Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
30 Mins
Makes 8 appetizer servings

Begin your party casually by offering this appetizer "help yourself" style. Or, make up single-serving plates and present as a first course at the table.

How to Make It

Step 1

Sauté shallot in hot oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes or until tender. Add cherries (and any liquid in package) and next 5 ingredients. Cook, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened. Let stand 10 minutes.

Step 2

Divide arugula among toasted bread slices. Top each with cherry mixture and 1 blue cheese slice. Garnish, if desired.

Step 3

*Manchego or goat cheese may be substituted.

Ratings & Reviews

JenBaum's Review

June 22, 2014
A very tasty snack! I used goat cheese and next time I'll try blue. I do think the arugula was unnecessary except for color. And go light on the shallot-I thought it overpowered the other flavors, so I'll use half next time.

tngolfgal's Review

December 31, 2011
So good. So easy. Keeps well for several days in the refrigerator. I served this with boiled shrimp for a meal. My husband raved. I used Manchego cheese as suggested and it was wonderful. Will make this many times.

kriscook's Review

December 11, 2011
Excellent flavors. I used goat cheese and coursely chopped the cherries and arugula to make it a little less messy to bite into. Will make this many times!

Khdmmd's Review

November 25, 2011
I don't even like cherries, and I liked this appetizer. Real crowd pleaser and super easy.