Smaller Party Still Needs Amuse Gueule, Fig and Cheese Toasts from Modern Comfort Food by Ina Garten
A smaller party still needs Amuse-Gueule, Fig and Cheese Toasts by Ina Garten from Modern Comfort Food (Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House- October 2020).
Fig & Cheese Toasts
SERVES 6 TO 81
(1-pound) loaf country bread, halved, and sliced crosswise ³⁄₈ inch thick
1 (8.5-ounce) jar good fig spread, such as Dalmatia (see note)
8 ounces plain creamy cheese, such as goat cheese or cream cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 ripe fresh figs, halved and thinly sliced lengthwise
Microgreens Syrupy balsamic vinegar
Toast the bread in a toaster and while still warm, spread the fig spread on each slice to cover it entirely. Place the cheese in a bowl and heat in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds, until it’s creamy and spreadable. Spread a layer of the cheese on the fig spread, leaving the edges of the fig spread visible. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Cut each toast crosswise to make appetizers that will be easy to eat. Lightly drizzle each piece with the balsamic vinegar, and top with a few microgreens. Serve at room temperature.
Note: I prefer fig spread, which has less sugar than fig jam or fig preserves, but of course you can use either. Choose a fig spread that is quite thick or it will be hard to spread the cheese on top
(* Recipe courtesy of MODERN COMFORT FOOD. Copyright © 2020 by Ina Garten. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Photo by Quentin Bacon)