Sweet soft figs with a hint of citrus are spread on a toasted crostini and topped with creamy goat cheese in this easy appetizer that can be prepared in advance.
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 40minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Total Time 1hour10minutes
Author Flavour & Savour
1cup (12)dried figs, stems removed and quartered
2tspgrated orange zest
pinch of sea salt
1tbsporange liqueur such as Gran Marnier or Triple Sec(optional)
5ouncesfresh goat cheese ,at room temperature
24slicesbaguette,sliced on a sharp diagonal
extra virgin olive oil for brushing on the baguette
1green onion,scallion, or chives, thinly sliced
Place the chopped dried figs, orange juice, water, orange zest and salt in a saucepan. Simmer over low heat until the figs are soft and only about 2 tablespoons of the liquid remains, 20 to 30 minutes. If the mixture gets dry, add water to keep it moist.
Cool the mixture, add a little orange flavoured liqueur and purée in a blender or food processor to make a paste. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush the baguette slices with a little olive oil. Toast the baguette slices for a few minutes until they are beginning to crisp. Remove from the oven to cool slightly.
Spread the fig paste on the crostini, then top with about 1/2 tablespoon goat cheese. Sprinkle with freshly chopped green onions or chives and serve.