Fig, Goat Cheese, and Caramelized Onion Crostini

I’ve been breezing through my 30-by-30 requirement of preparing three new ingredients at home. Not only did I just try kale, I recently picked up some fresh figs. I’ve had fig sauces and glazes on meals out in restaurants but definitely had never even seen a fresh fig in person.

I had seen this appetizer in my Google Reader and immediately thought of it for a picnic dinner I was planning with Hubby. Anything with goat cheese or caramelized onions is good in my book. Put them both into one bite of something and I’m in heaven.

While the fig flavor didn’t dominate these little bites, you could still taste it. It was a great compliment to the caramelized onions and goat cheese. I highly recommend making this the next time you need an easy appetizer that looks and tastes quite impressive. Everything can be made ahead of time and then assembled just prior to serving.

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Fig, Goat Cheese, and Caramelized Onion Crostini

Yield: 2

Ingredients:

baguette, sliced and toasted
2 onions worth of caramelized onions
12 fresh figs
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon of honey
1/3 cup water
Goat's cheese
Pepper, to taste

Directions:

Cut figs in half and scoop out the seeds and pulp with a spoon. In a small saucepan, add the fig seeds and pulp, balsamic vinegar, honey, 1/3 cup water, and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5-10 minutes until thickened.

Spread fresh goat's cheese on toasts and top with freshly cracked black pepper. Spoon balsamic fig reduction over the goat cheese and top with caramelized onions. Add a little slice of fig to the top for presentation.

Recipe adapted from Lardon My French

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5 Responses to “Banana Bars with Cream Cheese frosting”

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    Joelen — January 7, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I love recipes from family members and this certainly looks great!

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    Jen — January 8, 2009 at 12:11 am

    My family is all about simple tasty food. Nothing fancy from them. These are so good!

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    bensbaby116 — January 8, 2009 at 2:01 am

    What a great idea for using up bananas…something different from the normal old banana bread! Thanks for posting!
    ~bensbaby116

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    Laure — January 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    What a neat recipe! I’ve got some bananas at home that are about to turn brown . . . they may just end up in these bars . . .

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    ~~gail~~mooselovingmamabear — January 9, 2009 at 5:59 am

    These sound really yummy! TFS…

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