Fig & Gorgonzola Crostini

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Sweet, tender figs make the perfect counterpoint for sharp and tangy gorgonzola cheese in this crowd pleasing and super easy appetizer. In under 15 minutes, you can throw this together and have something sweet, salty, warm and delicious to serve at cocktail hour. If you can’t find fresh figs or they’re out of season, just substitute dried figs. They don’t look very pretty, but give them a 10 minute soak in warm water and they come right back to life. You can also swap in pears or apples for the figs, to a similar effect. The finishing drizzle of honey caramelizes in the oven and makes these crostini extra special. Finish with a sprinkling of chopped fresh herbs, and watch these fly off the plate.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 baguette, sliced thinly on the diagonal
  • 10 fresh figs, or about 15 dried figs soaked for 10 minutes in warm water
  • 1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • 2-3 tablespoons runny honey
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh herbs to garnish (try parsley, basil, thyme, whatever you like)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Arrange your baguette slices in an even layer on a baking sheet.
  3. Halve the figs, and arrange them cut side up on the baguette slices (probably 2 or 3 figs on each slice).
  4. Crumble over the gorgonzola cheese, and then drizzle over the honey. Give a few cracks of black pepper over the whole thing, and bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until the cheese has melted and the honey has become caramelized and burnished.
  5. Remove from the oven to a serving platter, and sprinkle over the chopped fresh herbs. Enjoy!

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