Cook Time: 10 minutes
Figs, take two! It is fig season and my obsession continues. This quick and easy mouth-watering recipe hits all the flavor notes, it comes together in minutes, and is perfect for any occasion.
Thank you to my friends Nancy, who gave me this fabulous recipe idea, and to Colleen, who gave additional cheese pairing ideas! When I mentioned our new Fig Preserves, both responded, "Oh I love figs!". Nancy shared a recipe she recently had for lunch which included figs, goat cheese and prosciutto over toasted crostini. I added a rosemary balsamic reduction to the mix and OMG, talk about a party flavor in your mouth!
Not only would this recipe be perfect as a light lunch or afternoon snack, but it would make an elegant party appetizer, either assembled as pictured or artfully arranged on a cheese plate, with meats, cheeses, mustards, fruits, etc. See "How To Create a Create a Cheese Plate". The sweetness of the Fig Preserves, the tang of the goat cheese, the saltiness of the prosciutto, and the flavor burst from the balsamic reduction will send your taste buds into overload. This recipe is easy and elegant and a must for your recipe collection!
Ingredients (per crostini)
- Italian bread or baguette, sliced diagonally
- 1 large log goat cheese (could substitute Blue Cheese for a more intense flavor. Thank you Colleen)
- Cherchies® Fig Preserves
- Slices of prosciutto (1/2 lb. depending on how many making)
- 1 small clove of garlic, peeled
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon (tsp) fresh Rosemary, finely chopped
In a small sauce pan, simmer on low the balsamic vinegar and rosemary until it reduces down to a syrup consistency (about 10 minutes). Set aside to cool briefly.
Toast the bread. Since I was making this for myself as a snack, I toasted two slices of bread in a toaster. If this recipe is to be shared with a crowd, then place the bread slices on a tray and cook in a 350 degree oven until bread is lightly toasted. Once the bread is lightly toasted, remove from the oven or toaster and gently rub the top of each slice with the clove of garlic.
Now it is time to assemble these delicious gourmet treats. For a crowd, consider assembling right before your guests arrive. Depending on the size of the toast, spread the toasts each with about 1 teaspoon (tsp) of goat cheese, then about 1 teaspoon (tsp) of Fig Preserves, and then loosely place one or two slices of prosciutto on top. There's no need to measure.
Right before serving, drizzle the crostini with the balsamic reduction or leave on a tray for guests to help themselves. Easy peazy and absolutely tasty! Enjoy!