Figs with Goat Cheese & Chive Croquettes, Bacon, Basil, & Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

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If you couldn’t tell, I love goat cheese. I also love figs. There happens to be a fig tree up the street from where I live and it is full of figs right now so I took several last night as I was walking my dog. What else could make this creation better? Bacon of course. These were pretty easy to make. Perfect for dinner parties, wine appetizers, or just a fancy snack. I got to try a couple of these and took pictures then left for a couple mins to talk to my neighbor. When I returned the plate was clean. They were all eaten! Then I saw my dogs face and she had balsamic reduction on her mouth. I’ve learned my lesson: Don’t leave food containing bacon around when there’s a dog nearby.

Makes about 12

  • 6oz goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 6 ripe figs
  • 12 basil leaves
  • 3 to 4 bacon strips cooked
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

Mix cheese with chives and divide into 12 portions. Roll each portion into 1/2 inch balls.

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Set up three bowls. One with flour, one with a mixed egg, and one with breadcrumbs. Dredge cheese balls into flour, then egg, then into breadcrumbs. Repeat with remaining cheese balls.

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Refrigerate for about 30 mins. Once chilled fry croquettes in oil at 350˚F until golden brown. Drain on a towel.

Reduce the balsamic vinegar in a pan over medium high heat until syrupy. Cut bacon in diagonal strips. Slice figs in half and plate them up!

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You can build these however you like. I put balsamic on the plate first then fig, bacon, basil, and the cheese croquette. Enjoy!

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