Food for Thought: Goat Cheese and Fig Bruschetta
BY AMANDA BIALEK
If you need a fig-tastic appetizer to add to your holiday meal, look no further. Goat cheese and fig bruschetta is a festive dish that has great flavor and health benefits.
Did you know?
Figs are your friends when it comes to your digestive health. They are an excellent source of fiber and prebiotics. Fiber helps you feel fuller which in turn reduces the number of calories you may have otherwise eaten still feeling hungry. Prebiotics help healthy gut bacteria grow and contribute to fermenting food faster, keeping your system regular. Fiber and prebiotics lead to a happy gut which is especially important during the holiday season.
Goat Cheese and Fig Bruschetta Recipe
- 1 1/4 cups chopped, dried Mission figs (about 9 ounces)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup coarsely chopped orange sections
- 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
- 1/3 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)
- 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Four 1/2-inch-thick slices French bread baguette, toasted (about 8 ounces)
- 1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) crumbled goat cheese
- 5 teaspoons finely chopped walnuts
- Combine first seven ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil.
- Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until figs are tender.
- Uncover and cook five minutes or until mixture thickens.
- Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.
- Preheat broiler.
- Top each bread slice with 1 1/2 teaspoons fig mixture and 1 1/2 teaspoons goat cheese.
- Arrange bruschetta on a baking sheet; sprinkle evenly with walnuts.
- Broil two minutes or until nuts begin to brown. Serve warm.
This recipe is brought to you by your health care partners at LVPG Primary Care – reminding you a healthy outside starts from the inside. To learn about LVPG primary care or to find a provider near you, visit LVHN.org/primarycare.