Blue Cheese Stuffed Wine Cherries with Honeycomb Recipe – Local Amuse Bouche

When my friends came back from a trip to Penticton, B.C. (which I had to miss), they presented me with a care package filled with local wines chocolates, and other edible goodies.

I jumped in joy at the sight of a sticky, amber piece of fresh honeycomb. Immediately, my mind darted at the numerous possibilities that this delicate slab of liquid gold held.

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I decided to feature the honeycomb in an amuse bouche alongside some other local B.C. specialties: blue cheese, organic cherries, and wine.

The extra cherries and remaining wine syrup was amazing on top of ice cream the following night.

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Just for kicks, here’s a snippet of conversation that occurred on my facebook wall upon the mentioning of using fresh honeycomb.

A vocal vegan friend exclaimed:

“Noo…. not vegan friendly! The comb is built by the bees as a nest for their larvae… and honey is bee barf (can be regurgitated many times) that they make as their food source… so, no not vegan friendly :(”

In response, a riotous friend replied:

“also, the bees belong to a really terrible union with high union dues that they can’t afford to pay since they get less than minimum wage for all their barfing efforts.”

And on that mental imagery…



  • 8 Cherries, pitted and sliced in half
  • Blue Cheese
  • Honeycomb
  • 4 Almonds, sliced in half
  • 2 C Red Wine
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • 2 tsp Sugar


Bring the wine, cinnamon, lemon zest, and sugar to a boil. Lower to medium heat and reduce the mixture by half. Add the cherries and poach them gently for one minute. Remove from the heat and allow the cherries to macerate for half an hour.

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Remove from the poaching wine and allow cherries to cool. Use an ice bath if you are in a hurry.

Meanwhile, roll 8 pieces of blue cheese into the size of cherry pits. Refrigerate until the cherries cool.

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When ready to serve, place a piece of blue cheese between two cherry halves and press lightly. Place on a serving spoon.

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Slice a piece of honeycomb (1 cm cube) and place beside the stuffed cherry. Lastly, top with an almond half.

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Serve as one-bite delights.

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  1. August 26, 2009 by Rico

    Super presentation on a delicate and simple starter ..the visual is amazing well done kisses xx Rico|Recipes

  2. August 26, 2009 by Jessie

    beautiful appetizers! I love the colors in the photos as well the cherries look so vibrant

  3. August 26, 2009 by Alta

    Bee barf or no, these look amazing!

  4. August 26, 2009 by Prix Fixe

    Those look Great! Love the spoons..

  5. August 26, 2009 by Rose

    Hilarious – BEE BARF! Looks beautiful, I love the combination of flavors. Blue cheese & cherries? Perfect.

  6. August 26, 2009 by Sam@BingeNYC

    Wow – totally gorgeous. The blue cheese & cherry combo sounds delicious as well. And I’m not going to lie…bee barf, honey, whatever, it tastes good to me!

  7. August 26, 2009 by sizzlechef

    Looks good ! Thank you for sharing. Cheers !

  8. August 27, 2009 by crankycheryl

    If that doesn’t win the funniest-FB-flamewar-ever contest, there’s no justice in this world at all. Beautifully conceived, executed, and posted about too! Now scheming about VT localvore equivalents …

  9. December 10, 2009 by jenn

    wow! this looks so pretty and professional! *sigh* the lighting in our kitchen at home is deplorable :'(

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