Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Crostini with Goat's Cheese, caramelised onions and figs.


Something different I came up with this evening. Crostini with goats cheese, caramelised onions, figs and toasted nuts.

Goats cheese is not something everyone has a palette for because of it's strong mature flavour. I never used to like it but acquired the taste for it after experimenting with a combination of flavours and tastes that went well together. Caramelised onions have that tangy sweetness to it and figs with honey like sweetness, a perfect contrast with the cheese. 


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil and a little more to drizzle on bread. 
  • 2 small Baguette rolls (2x150gm)
  • 150 gm Goats cheese sliced 
  • 150-200 gm cream cheese mixed with 1 teaspoon of any favourite herbs. I used rosemary, chopped fresh mint and a pinch of freshly ground pepper.
  • 2 Large Onions sliced thinly
  • 1-2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tableapoons Brown sugar
  • Few soft figs sliced (soft center and not too dried)
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Toasted almond flakes and sunflower seeds. 
  • Honey or agave syrup (optional)

Method

  1. Slice onions and fry with olive oil till limp, add balsamic vinegar and cook few minutes then add brown sugar. Cook till no liquid and onions brown and caramelised. Set aside. 
  2. Baguette bread..cut into half and slice horizontally, halving it; place on oven tray.  drizzle or spray little olive oil on each slice and toast in the oven at 200C for 8-10 mins or till slightly brown and crisp. 
  3. While bread in oven, Slice goats cheese and Mix cream cheese with favourite herbs. 
  4. When bread is done, divide the onions equally on each slice. 
  5. Place goats cheese slices on both ends of bread and add a blob of cream cheese mixture in the center of each slice on top of the onions. 
  6. Dress with a mint leaf and toasted almond flakes and sunflower seeds. You can drizzle some honey if desired. 
  7. Serve warm and immediately so the goats cheese slices melt just slightly with the hot toasts, making it a perfect texture. 
  8. Best served with red wine. I personally do not drink alcohol at all, so I take it with NON alcohol red wine....yes it's a perfect match!! 


xoxoxo 
Nur Diyanah Magness





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