This appetizer is the black-tie version of grilled cheese. While I’ve served many a mini grilled cheese in my day, this recipe is much easier to make and has a bit of panache and easy elegance that only a select few can pull off. It’s like the George Clooney of cheese appetizers, if you catch my drift.
Heat oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
Place cheese in a small ovenproof baking dish and bake until still intact but cheese is melty and soft, about 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, place pistachios in the oven and bake until golden brown and toasted, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat honey with cinnamon or cardamom in a small pan over medium heat. When it comes to a boil, remove from heat.
When ready to serve, place cheese on a serving plate, top with a few spoonfuls of the honey (discarding the cinnamon or cardamom) and a spoonful of the toasted pistachios and some dried fruit. Serve immediately with crackers.