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August 14, 2015
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Blue Cheese Bites With Fig Jam

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Don’t you just love a recipe with four ingredients? This savory cookie comes together in mere moments, so you can whip them up in time for cocktail hour. I was lucky to have a jar of homemade fig jam in the cupboard. Most likely you’ll be able to find it in a cheese shop or specialty food market. I used gorgonzola, but feel free to substitute your favorite crumbly blue cheese.

Keep a batch of these cheesy bites in the freezer and you’ll be ready for an impromptu happy hour. Pop open a bottle of prosecco and you’re all set! If red wine is more to your liking, these are a perfect match.

Blue Cheese Bites With Fig Jam (From Food 52)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
4 ounces blue cheese,crumbled
Ground black pepper
Fig preserves, about 3 Tablespoons

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the flour, butter, blue cheese and a few grinds of black pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the dough just comes together and starts to form a ball.

Dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times to pull the dough together. Roll out to 1/8 inch thick with a floured rolling pin. Cut rounds out of the dough with a floured 1-inch cutter and transfer the rounds to the parchment-lined baking sheet. Using the back or a round half-teaspoon measure or your knuckle, make an indentation in the top of each dough round. Spoon about ¼ teaspoon of fig preserves into each indentation, using your finger to push the preserves as best as possible into the indentations.

Bake the savories for 10 – 14 minutes, until the preserves are bubbling and the pastry is light golden on the bottom. Let cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes, the remove to a wire rack to cool. You’ll find fig preserves at the grocery – it may be shelved with the “fancy” jams and jellies. You can make these a day ahead and keep them in two layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container.

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11 thoughts on “Blue Cheese Bites With Fig Jam

  1. The fig jam is ready, looking forward to preparing these and sitting with a glass of chilled white wine.

  2. I love this recipe. I can only eat so much fig jam with toast, or make so many crostatas, before I get tired of eating fig jam. But combine it with these blue cheesy-bites and I could eat dozens! Wonderful idea.

  3. Great flavour combination! They look irresistible too! Brava!

  4. Wow, what a great sounding savory-sweet combination – and only 4 ingredients! Complimenti!

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  6. A very belated note to let you know I made these for my annual summer pool party for my childhood friends and spouses and they were a huge hit. I simplified things even further than your easy recipe — instead of rolling out the dough, because I was busy prepping a million dishes, I decided to gather the dough into a log-shape, refrigerated it and the sliced it, adding a small indentation and the jam. Then I baked as usual. Really quick and saved a ton of time over rolling and cutting. Great recipe — thanks.

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