Friday, September 3, 2010

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 - adapted from Lardon My French - serves 2
Printable Recipe
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

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.

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Lauren said...

Looks delicious! Goat cheese & fig is a timeless flavor combination :).

Eliana said...

Everything about these cute little bites looks amazing. I'm dreaming about all the wonderful flavors as I type right now.

Wandered over here from the Indecisive Baker blog and love it. Looking forward to reading more of your blog posts.

kitchenmisfit said...

I love everything about this recipe!

We Are Not Martha said...

I love ANYTHING with caramelized onion! And I'm so excited to cook with figs :) These look awesome!


Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Figs, goat cheese and caramelized onions? Three of my favorite ingredients!

Cara said...

So you lost your fresh fig virginity! See, that wasn't so bad! jk :) I hope fresh fig season doesn't fly by too quickly, I have some ideas I'd like to get to before they go away!

newlywed said...

These look both beautiful and delicious! A great appetizer recipe to impress guests.

tobiascooks! said...

Beautiful combo of ingredients. I love this kind of snack!

nutmegnanny said...

As soon as I saw goat cheese I knew I would love these! Yum!

Justin said...

sounds like a nice combination of flavors

MamaFeelgood said...

I just found all these goat cheese recipes and fainted.

Julie said...

I made this for a party this past weekend and it was a huge hit! Although, I did notice the fig flavor was almost non-existent. I couldn't find black mission figs in the markets, so I used green. I think green figs are much more bland than black mission figs, so I wouldn't recommend making this dish unless you can find black figs.


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