Exotic Apricot-Pistachio Bites

30 shelled pistachios, mix with apricots
¾ lb. unsweetened dried apricots, roughly chopped
1 tbsp. orange juice
½ cup granulated sugar
20-25 shelled pistachios

1. Place 30 shelled pistachios in a food processor, pulse to break them up until finely chopped but not powdered. It should have the texture of grated cheese.

2. Add the dried chopped apricots and orange juice and process until it forms a smooth paste. Test by forming a small ball. If it hold up well you have the right consistency. If it appears to be dry, add a few more drops of orange juice.

3. Slightly wet your hands and place a small amount of the apricot pistachio mixture in the center of your palm. Shape into small walnut size balls.

4. Place the granulated sugar in a bowl and roll each ball. Coat each entire ball. Slightly indent the center of each ball with you finger tip and place a pistachio into it by pressing down. Repeat this process until you have used up all of the ingredients. Arrange on a serving plate. Makes 20-24 pieces.

Making exotic and festive dessert with dried fruit and nuts is very popular in Maghreb. They make colorful and tasty presentation at a special event or at a warm family gathering. These also make healthy fruit snacks for kids and adults.

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