Goat Cheese & Fig Sandwiches on Raisin Bread

Downton Appetizers

These appetizers, which Susan & Gary served at the Downton Abbey Gourmet Club, were a great combination of savory, creamy goat cheese and sweet fig preserves on toasted raisin bread. Susan & Gary selected a nice fruity, but not too sweet, Riesling which paired quite nicely.

Goat Cheese & Fig Sandwiches on Raisin Bread

Serving Size: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 slices raisin bread
  • 2 4 ounces logs goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • fresh chives, cut into 1 inch pieces
    Fig Preserve Recipe
  • 1 package (10 ounces dried Calimyrna figs, stemmed and chopped)
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    Easy Button - buy some Fig preserves!

Instructions

    To Make the Spread
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the figs, 1 1/12 cup of water and the sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 20-25 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated and the figs are nearly tender when pierced with a fork.
  • Transfer the mixture to a food processor, add the lemon juice and process for 20 to 30 minutes seconds or until smooth. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of water if the mixture it too thick. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. You should have 1 1/4 cups. The other option is to use purchased fig preserves.
    To Make Sandwiches
  • Preheat the broiler. With a 2 inch biscuit cutter, cut a round from each bread slice. Arrange rounds on a baking sheet and toast them under a broiler for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned.
  • In a small bowl or food processor, combine the goat cheese and milk and process until mixed.
  • Spoon the mixture into a piping bag with a star tip and pipe onto bread rounds (or use a quart sized ziplock bag with one corner snipped.)
  • Top with a tablespoon of fig preserves and garnish with chives,
  • Any unused fig spread can be stored refrigerator for up to 1 month.
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