Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Blue Cheese, Fig and Caramalized Onion Crostini

Final recipe with figs here today. A few posts ago I introduced figs as my New Food Challenge #6. Since figs are a delicacy in the student world, I tried my best to stretch my dolla and make 3 different smple recipes. Now I know there are a hundred thousand other recipes that you can do with figs. I tried to pick some easy ones that showcase the true figgy flava. But this is all this poor student can afford for now.  I stuffed figs with goat cheese and drizzled them with honey and thyme THEN I wrapped them in prosciutto and blue cheese and topped with a little balsamic reduction. But I left the best for last. Well my fave anyways. AND they are so pretty. Don't you think? Bring these to your next party and I guarantee a show-stopper moment.

By the way, I am so totally blue cheesed out right now. I honestly did all these recipes in a row, and I am ok with saying buh-bye to the stinky cheese for a while. Oh the things I do for you people!

Oh... and at the end of this little adventure, I decided I love the word figgy. Go ahead, say it out loud. I dare you. Right now. Even if you are in public. Just DO IT. If I had a pet pig, I would name her figgy piggy. Just sayin...

Blue Cheese, Fig and Caramlized Onion Crostini
Time: 10 mins (+45mins for onions) CPS: $4.25 (for 8-10)   L of D: Graduate

- Half of a thin Baguette (save the other half for... eating)
- 2-3 Figs
- 8-10 tsp of blue cheese
- A wee bit of chopped parsley for garnish
- 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil

Caramalized Red Onion (add 45 mins)
- 1 Red Onion sliced
- 1 Tbsp of Butter
- 1 Tsp of Sugar

Begin by making your caramalized onion. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Throw in onions and sugar and toss around. Turn down to medium-low and cook until caramalized. For about 45 mins stirring occasionally. Here you don't want any brown on your onions, just for them to sweat out a bit, become translucent and slowly start to release their own sugars. To be completely honest, I never have the patience to let them fully caramalize. I usually stop around the 20 min. mark, but thats just me.

Slice baguette into rounds. Drizzle with olive oil and put in oven at 450 degrees for about 3-4 minutes a side or until golden brown. Slice figs thinly into rounds. Once toasts are out of the oven, assemble by spreading on blue cheese, and topping with fig, caramalized onion and parsley.

Yay! So fancy!

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