Photo Credit: Ashley Cuoco
For as long as I can remember I have had a fancy (and often times, pricey) palette. I like to think of it as appreciation for the finer things in life. I.e., filet mignon, shrimp cocktail, lobster tail, good sushi, cheese and wine… the list goes on! Something about the thought of a salty, savory gruyere cheese with this sweet fig spread made my mouth tingle. This would be darling as an appetizer for an upcoming holiday party as we enter the cooler months. So classy, delicate and the flavor packs a punch. My suggestion would be to serve with a Sauvignon Blanc, pairing nicely with the fig flavor or Riesling (my personal favorite) which plays so well with the blue cheese crumble. Get a little fancy and wow your guests with this tasty Hors d’oeuvre!
Yields: approx. 12 servings
- 12 French baguette slices cut about ¼” thick
- 1½ cups grated gruyere cheese
- ¼ cup blue cheese crumbles
- ⅓ cup fig spread*
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 2 tablespoons honey
*I used Dalmatia Dried Fig Spread – Traditional (8.5 ounce) — it is out of this world delicious. You can find it in the specialty cheese section of Whole Foods.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread baguette slices on a baking sheet fitted with parchment paper. I like to cut my baguette on a bias for more surface area for all the good stuff on top. It also looks pretty!
- Top baguette slices with grated cheese, then a teaspoon or so of fig spread, then blue cheese crumbles. I would be generous with the gruyere and lighter on the blue cheese. Depending on your taste, the blue cheese may be too strong and overpower the gruyere. Bake in oven for 5-7 minutes or until cheese has melted and edges of the baguettes are golden. Remove from oven and drizzle with honey and top with rosemary leaves.
That’s it… so simple yet so sophisticated!
Recipe adapted from www.foodiecrush.com