I love the combination of dried fruit and nuts. When I was growing up, during the holidays, we would always have dried figs stuffed with walnuts. I love this combination. It’s a perfect pairing. Add goat cheese to the mix and it becomes a delightful sweet and savoury appetizer.
12 dried figs or prunes
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp orange zest
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
4 ounces goat cheese
1/4 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pistachios)
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds (optional)
12 Melba crackers or toasted baguette slices
Place the orange juice, water, sugar, orange zest and nutmeg in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the figs and simmer on low heat for 5 minutes. Then turn the figs over and simmer for another 5 minutes. The goal is to soften the dried figs slightly. Remove the figs and allow them to cool on a plate while you spread the goat cheese onto the crostini. Sprinkle the nuts on the goat cheese and top each of the crostini with a fig.