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.