When it comes to odd flavor combinations, this is nothing short of a revelation. Holding a tray of these out to my fellow party-goers on Christmas Eve, reactions ranged from “what the heck is cashew butter?” to “Blech. Figs. I hate figs.” Others just stared, smiling and nodding unconvincingly as I promised that, as weird as it sounded, these would be the best things to ever cross their taste buds.
I set the tray down next to the usual suspects—Spinach dip, shrimp cocktail, cheese and crackers—sure these melty beauties would go untouched. Fortunately, I was wrong.
“What are these?”
“Is that BACON I taste??”
(no bacon, just cheese, fig and cashew AWESOMENESS)
“Are they all gone?!?”
(no, we hoarded a stash in the basement by the bar)
I have to admit, I can’t take creative credit for this recipe. The flavor combo is courtesy of Hopleaf in Andersonville.
1 jar cashew butter (I made my own by blending one lb. of salted cashews on high until creamy)
1 jar fig jam or “fig butter” (I got the Trader Joe’s Fig Butter and it was perfect)
8 oz cheese (either raclette, morbier, comte or mild gouda—any other quality swiss-type cheese would probably be good too)
1 sourdough baguette
3-4 tablespoons butter, melted
Slice sourdough baguette into crostini-sized slices. Brush generously with melted butter. Toast under broiler until they begin to turn golden—careful, it only takes a couple minutes. Remove and allow to cool enough to spread ingredients on toasts.
Start with a layer of cashew butter, then fig jam, then a small slice of cheese.
Serve hot. Next time, try this combo as a grilled cheese as Hopleaf does. Or on a cracker! Or as a flatbread!! The possibilities are endless.