Wednesday, August 3, 2011

fig + goat cheese crostini

i made these sweet little fig and goat cheese crostinis, via gourmet 2003, for a dinner party last week. i can't resist a fresh fig can you?

3 tbsp minced shallot

2 (3-inch) fresh thyme sprigs + 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme

1/4 bay leaf

1 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter

3/4 cup dried black mission figs, finely chopped

3/4 cup port

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp black pepper

12 (1/2-inch-thick) baguette slices

1 tbsp olive oil

6 oz soft mild goat cheese at room temperature

2 fresh ripe figs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces


savory fig jam

cook shallot, thyme sprigs, and bay leaf in butter in a 1- to 1 1/2-quart heavy saucepan over moderately low heat, stirring, until shallot is softened, about 2 minutes. add dried figs, port, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. simmer, covered, until figs are soft, about 10 minutes. if there is still liquid in saucepan, remove lid and simmer, stirring, until most of liquid is evaporated, 3 to 4 minutes more. discard bay leaf and thyme sprigs and transfer jam to a bowl. cool, then stir in minced thyme and salt and pepper to taste.

toasts

put oven rack in middle position and preheat to 350°F. halve each baguette slice diagonally, then arrange on a baking sheet and brush tops lightly with oil. bake until lightly toasted, about 7 minutes. cool on baking sheet on a rack.

crostini

spread each toast with 1 tsp fig jam, 1 1/2 tsp goat cheese, and 1-2 pieces fresh fig.

(photo by: erin)

9 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! that looks absolutely delicious!

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  2. obsessed with fig. want to eat them always.

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  3. this has given me a serious hankering for fig. and bread. and cheese. damn!

    just found your lovely blog via Kate Miss. exciting, can't wait to see more!

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  4. these look divine and like the perfect Saturday afternoon treat!

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  5. Ah, i need to try these! They look absolutely delicious :)

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  6. they are also amazing with any creamy non-goat cheese and carmelized onions!

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  7. i ate them, and they were amazing!

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