Monday, October 31, 2011

Fig and Blue Cheese Appetizer Tarts Recipe


 
Celebration Food: National Fig Week is always celebrated November 1 -7. During this week we are encouraged to celebrate the fig by enjoying great fig recipes. To help you do that, I've picked out a Betty Crocker recipe that's perfect for fig week and Thanksgiving too.

Fig and Blue Cheese Appetizer Tarts Recipe
Originally uploaded by Betty Crocker Recipes
INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 oz 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel; from 8-oz package), softened
  • 2/3 cup crumbled blue cheese (3 oz)
  • 1/4 cup Smucker’s Sweet Orange Marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 16 dried Mission figs, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 can (12 oz) Pillsbury Big & Flaky refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 1/2 cup Fisher Chef’s Naturals Chopped Pecans

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, mix cream cheese and blue cheese with fork until well blended; set aside.

2. In 1-quart saucepan, stir marmalade and vinegar over low heat until mixed; stir in figs. Cook over low heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until figs are softened. Remove from heat.

3. Remove crescent dough from package, but do not unroll. Cut roll of dough into 16 slices. On 2 ungreased cookie sheets, place slices 2 inches apart. Press center of each slice to make indentation, 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

4. Place 1 heaping teaspoon cheese mixture into each well. Top cheese with about 1 tablespoon fig mixture and 1 1/2 teaspoon pecans.

5. Bake 15 to 19 minutes or golden brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack; cool 10 minutes. Serve warm.


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Fun Facts
  • What fig recipe was made popular by a Christmas Carol?  Figgy Pudding!
  • Did you know: In the Old Testament the fig tree is the third tree to be mentioned by name. The first is the Tree of Life and the second is the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam and Eve used the leaves of the fig tree to sew garments for themselves when they realized that they were naked.Genesis 3:7 Figs were one of the foods produced in the promised land Deuteronomy 8:8-10
  • More holidays: National Fig Newton Day is a food holiday that occurs annually on January 16.
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3 comments:

Tiffanee said...

Very interesting! The tarts look delicious. You had me with the balsamic vinegar. I love it!! I'm gonna have to try these out!!

Gone-ta-pott said...

I love balsamic vinegar. Love it! Love it! Love it!

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