This is a RePost from December 2016. I just enjoyed these delicious treats as lovingly prepared by my mom and it made think it may be worth a re-post. Enjoy!
I hope you all enjoyed a fabulous holiday. I sure did and although I’m still trying to come out of a food coma, I realize we have one more celebration that may warrant some creative cooking.
At the risk of anyone thinking 3 Olives & Twist has turned into a food blog; today I offer you one more recipe that you may find useful when ringing in the New Year. Like most foods I prepare, it is quick and easy and, if this year’s Christmas Day reviews were any indication; it’s a winner.
The combination of the sweet fig jam paired with the tart, creamy goat cheese is the perfect sweet and savory bite. To add just a bit more texture and flavor to this easy appetizer I also add toasted, chopped walnuts which seems to elevate this four ingredient appetizer. As far as hors d’oeuvres go, these are a favorite that seem to fly off the plate as soon as they hit the table.
When I first made these tasty bites, I used the prepared filo cups available in the frozen section of the grocery store. While good, I found them a little difficult to fill and pricey when I wanted to make them in bulk. This year, I opted to use a sliced baguette as the base and found the end result to be even more successful.
If you are looking for a quick and easy appetizer to welcome in 2017, give this recipe a try.
Fig Jam and Goat Cheese Crostini with Toasted Walnuts
- 1 thin baguette, sliced. I have mine sliced right at the grocery store – just ask the bakery department.
- 1 jar fig jam, preserve or spread
- 1, 8 oz. package of goat cheese. Bring to room temperature to facilitate spreading.
- ¾ cup chopped walnuts, toasted.
To begin, toast chopped walnuts in a dry pan. Be sure not to burn – I pull them off the burner just as soon as I smell the toasted, nutty aroma. Set aside.
Place baguette slices on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Toast lightly in a 350 degree oven for ten minutes. Remove from oven. Generously spread the room temperature goat cheese on each piece of toasted bread. Top with a teaspoon of fig jam. Sprinkle the toasted walnuts over the fig jam.
You’re done! If the fig jam seems a little loose, pop into the fridge for ten or fifteen minutes to help them set.
Otherwise, serve and enjoy.
Happy New Year.
All my very best in 2017!