Mom is in town and I wanted to whip up some cool appetizers for us to nosh on while we catch up on the latest family and life happenings. I happen to have some figs in the refrigerator which are always the start of something tasty! That reminded me of I post I saw a month or so ago on Not Without Salt for Grilled Soft Cheese, Thyme Honey and Fresh Figs. (Now doesn’t that sound heavenly!)
One small problem – there is a hurricane barreling down the coast today and call me crazy, but I just do not want to be hanging out in the backyard in the wind and rain grilling up some cheese….no matter how delightful the end results would be! (And no need to worry about us during Hurricane Irene – we are just getting a little wind and rain here. It is the poor folks up the coast in NC and beyond that I am worried about this weekend! Please say a prayer for them.)
So since grilling is out, I decided to shameless borrow Ashley’s idea and make it my own with some blue cheese and honey over oven-toasted crostinis. The results were totally delectable! You have warm gooey blue cheese melting with honey over crunchy crostinis and topped with fresh slices of figs. Yummy!! Does a simple appetizer get any better??
In addition to the taste there is another thing I love about this fabulous little appetizer. It sounds really fancy but it is really simple and quick to make! You don’t really need to even measure – just toast the crostinis, add some blue cheese and honey and bake again for a few minutes until everything is melty. While crostinis are cooking you chop up a few figs for serving and you are done. Fancy doesn’t get much simpler than that!
If you happen to be one of those people who don’t like blue cheese, you can still enjoy this dish. Just swap out the blue cheese for some brie or camembert. Those cheeses would be equally delicious!!
So as hurricane Irene comes barreling through the east coast this weekend I hope you are staying safe and dry where ever you are. Happy Friday everyone!
Blue Cheese and Honey with Crostinis with Fresh Figs
Prep time: 4 minutes – Cook time: 9 minutes – Makes: 10 crostinis
- 10 slices of french bread
- olive oil
- 3 oz blue cheese
- 3-4 teaspoons honey
- 5 fresh figs
Preheat oven to 400º F.
Line a baking sheet with tinfoil. Place slices of french bread on the baking sheet. Drizzle or brush with a little olive oil. Bake for 5 minutes.
Remove crostinis from oven and leave them on the baking sheet. Add a slice or crumbs of blue cheese to each one. Drizzle honey (roughly a heaping 1/4 teaspoon per piece) over the blue cheese and crostinis. Return the baking sheet with crostinis to the oven and bake for 4-5 minutes or until cheese is melting. (Don’t over cook or the cheese will melt away off of the bread and onto the baking sheet.)
While crostinis and cheese are baking, cut up figs and place in a small bowl or on a small plate for serving.
Serve blue cheese and honey crostinis warm out of the oven with figs on the side. Enjoy!
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