Let's get grown up with these Fig and Goat Cheese Endive Cups! A super simple appetizer to add to your cocktail party this holiday season!
Appetizers don't need to be difficult or time consuming. Really, they don't! Sometimes you just need a few simple ingredients and a few minutes by you side to create a perfect bite. Okay, it doesn't always go that way, but we live in hope that there is easy food out there. And today, I'm sharing this super simple and sophisticated appetizer that wouldn't look astray at any fine dining dinner table!
I love making nibbles or small bites. It really is one of my favourite types of food to make. However, I don't often get the chance because people in the house usually want dinner....uggh! Plus, I don't entertain much these days. But every now and again I get in the mood and create appetizers for dinner and surprise myself with some of the delicious combinations.
Just recently I found a whole bag of dried figs in my pantry. I was a bit confused because it isn't something I would buy. I don't even think I like dried figs. Do I?
Anyway, the mystery was solved later that day when Mike (the husband), arrived home from work. He said he bought them thinking they would taste like fresh figs. Okay, I'm giving him zero food credibility points at this stage. Has he ever tasted a grape and compared it to a raisin? Apparently not. In any case we had this dried bay of figs that nobody was ever going to eat. I was about to toss them but my frugal side came shining though and I put them back in the pantry.
More time passed with the bag of dried figs taunting me in the kitchen. My original thought was to put them in a cake. Who was I kidding. Nobody in my house was ever going to eat that. Then I would be left walking off the extra calories for a whole month. So, I ditched the cake idea. Plus if I'm indulging in cake (which is often I might add), I want to make it worth eating.
Next idea was an appetizer. Bingo. So, I started looking through the fridge and just 15 minutes later, I had these in front of me. Guess what? They are downright delicious and I would serve them to anybody. Well not fussy eaters, but the rest of us, yes. A big win for the dried figs!
Note about the cups:
This appetizer can be made a few hours in advance easily, then wrapped and refrigerated. If doing it in advance, don't drizzle the balsamic reduction until just before serving.
I used Chevre goats cheese because I had in in the fridge. I always have it in the fridge! I love that stuff. You can use another cheese if your prefer but I would avoid hard cheeses for this appetizer. If you can get your hands on the Chevre goat cheese, get it and use it! You will not be disappointed.
This might sound like a strange combination, but it's worth making, serving and eating. The figs are sweet, the cheese soft and salty, the almonds crunchy and the balsamic reduction is just delish on everything!
So, if you are in need of a simple and sophisticated appetizer, make these and they are sure to be a winner.
Tomorrow I'll be back with cookies. Because you can never have enough cookie recipes in December.
Happy appetizer making friends!
Fig and Goat Cheese Endive Cups
Makes 16 cups / Prep time: 15 minutes / Cook time: None
16 - 20 Endive leaves
1 Cup/125 grams dried figs, roughly chopped
1 Cup/225 grams soft goat cheese, cut into small pieces
1/4 Cup/25 grams raw almonds, roughly chopped
Small bunch of fresh chives, roughly chopped
Fill the cups evenly. Starting with the figs, goats cheese and topping with almonds. Garnish with fresh chives and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. Done!
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