Monday, September 28, 2009

Fig, Pecan and Rosemary Crusted Goat Cheese- and Giveaway to follow!


When I think of Fall and all the holidays that will be here so fast, fresh herbs, specifically rosemary, come to mind. It has such a fragrant, woodsy aroma, I can't help but think of holiday parties and good times with good friends.

I purchased some the other day, and when I opened the package, immediately remembered this fig, pecan, and rosemary crusted goat cheese. Combined, these flavors just beg to be served by a warm fire with your favorite glass of wine.

I first saw this recipe a few years ago in my local market, attached to a jar of fig spread. After placing the jar in my cart, I realized that it came with a pretty hefty price tag for such a small amount. So after thinking about it for a bit, and realizing that I had a package of dried figs in my pantry, I opted to put the jar back, go home and make my own. In my opinion, the taste of homemade is far superior anyway.

Goat cheese is one of my absolute favorites. It's tartness, combined with the sweetness of the figs, aromatic rosemary, and crunch of the toasted pecans just seem to be a match made in Heaven. I also know that anything fig sends my friend Stacey into a state of "figgy bliss", so it is with her in mind that I post this today...

This recipe will be more than enough for 8 ounce log of goat cheese, or two 4 ounce rolls. I like to make one for now and save one for unexpected guests. The remaining spread is fantastic on toast.


Fig Spread

3/4 lb dried figs
1/3 c sugar
1-1/2 c water
1 Tbs lemon juice

Remove stems from figs and chop very coarsely. place into a 2 quart saucepan and cover with water. Add sugar. Bring figs to a boil. Reduce heat, cover pan with lid and then simmer on low for about 30 minutes. Liquid should reduce by about 2/3rds.

Place figs into a food processor and puree until smooth. Add lemon juice, and process to a smooth, sticky, jam like consistency. Set aside to cool. Store in a covered container in refrigerator until ready to use.




Fig, Pecan and Rosemary Crusted Goat Cheese
adapted from Dalmatia Fig Spread

1 cup pecan halves, toasted
4 Tbs fig spread, divided
2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely minced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1- 8 ounce or 2- 4 ounce logs goat cheese, chilled

In food processor place pecans, 2 Tbs fig spread, rosemary, and kosher salt. Pulse until mixture is the size of small peas. Set aside.

Remove goat cheese from refrigerator and spread with remaining 2 Tbs of fig spread, except for the ends. If it does not seem to coat evenly or enough, feel free to add a bit more until nicely coated.

Place nut mixture on a plate and flatten. Place log of goat cheese on top, and roll to coat, packing and smoothing as necessary.

Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes. Best served with a non-salty cracker such as Table Water or whole grain .





Now for the giveaway! If you are like me, many of you have started thinking of your holiday menu's and table scapes. Some of us are up late into the night or beginning early in the morning. In any case, we usually need a jolt to keep us thinking, and a few ideas to inspire us. So for one lucky person, I have a bag of Peet's French Roast Whole Bean Coffee, and the book Dinner Parties, inspired recipes and party ideas for entertaining, by Williams- Sonoma.

All you have to do is leave me a comment on my blog (if you are reading this via Facebook, please use the link to my blog and leave a comment there) telling me your favorite holiday tip- from wrapping gifts to creating recipes. Entries must be received no later than Thursday October 1st, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. PST, with the winner to be announced sometime Friday morning, October 2nd. Good luck everyone!

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10 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I love this goat cheese idea and will be using it soon for sure. What a great contrast of the savory and sweet. Yes, Stacey is sure to be on board here. Holiday tips? wish I had something brilliant, but the best way for me to get through the holidays is to plan, plan ahead and make a lot of stuff to put in the freezer.

thereddeer said...

My holiday tip is to keep all of the christmas cards that you receive, I then cut off the front of them and use them for gift tags :)

Peter M said...

Now ain't this a winning combo? You'll make many friends offering figs. I'm bringing the wine...see ta soon!

Stacey Snacks said...

I am getting a bad reputation!!!
I like that Greek fig spread too.
Today, I posted dates stuffed w/ goat cheese, so we are on the save wave length!!!
xxoo

Patsyk said...

Fabulous recipe!

My holiday tip? Well, I like to give cookie tins to teachers and family friends... so, I begin my baking in November and freeze them until it's time to package them up. That way, I spread out the baking over several weeks rather than one weekend that would end in a frenzy of flour all over my kitchen!

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Lisa said...

Hi Janet! Your post makes me think of one of my holiday recipes - fondly known as "that Brie Crack stuff". Bake a wedge of brie until just soft and warm. Use something heat proof that you can serve from too. When it's out of the oven cover with a pear/apple chutney - jar or homemade, then sprinkle on some lightly chopped salted cashews. Serve with water crackers and stand back. xo L

Proud Italian Cook said...

I feel blissful just looking at this. It screams holidays and special occasion. My tip, prepare in advance, don't stress out, and make it fun!

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Hello,


We bumped into your blog and we really liked it - great recipes YUM YUM.
We would like to add it to the Petitchef.com.

We would be delighted if you could add your blog to Petitchef so that our users can, as us,
enjoy your recipes.

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and benefit from their exposure on Petitchef.com.

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