Smoked Fig and Blu di Bufala Crostini
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Serves: 10 toasts
 
Ingredients
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 8 oz fresh black mission figs (about 10 figs)
  • 1/4-1/2lb Blu di Bufala or your favorite blue cheese
  • 1 baguette
  • 1/2 lemon or lime (optional)
  • sea salt
  • applewood chips
Instructions
  1. For the caramelized onion: Step-by-step instructions here. Thinly slice the onion. In a stainless steel skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add in onion and stir to coat. Cook over medium, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to turn golden brown, about 10 minutes. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook an additional 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are a deep golden brown. Season with sea salt.
  2. For the smoked figs: Remove any tough stems from the figs and quarter. Smoke using 1 1/2 tbsp applewood chips for 10 minutes. see notes below.
  3. Assemble the crostini: Lightly toast biased-cut slices of baguette. Top with some blu di bufala; depending on how much you like blue cheese, this could be 1 tsp or 1 tbsp - my preference is closer to 1 tbsp. Top with about 1/2 tbsp of the caramelized onions, and 3-4 slices of smoked fig. Finish with a squeeze of citrus (I used a lime) and a sprinkle of sea salt.
Notes
Note: If you don’t have a stovetop smoker, you can make one yourself out of a pot, some foil and a steamer insert. Instructions here: DIY Stovetop Smoker
Recipe by FMITK: From My Impossibly Tiny Kitchen at https://www.fmitk.com/smoked-fig-blu-di-bufala-crostini/