Maple Roasted Fig Feta Walnut Crostini

What an amazing and simple spread this is.  The combination of sweet and salty from these Maple Roasted Fig Feta Walnut Crostini are outstanding!  Serve them at your next party with crackers, baguette or crostini.

Maple Roasted Fig Feta Walnut Crostini

Maple Roasted Fig Feta Walnut Crostini

Maple Roasted Fig Feta Walnut Crostini Recipe:  

Makes 2 Cups

Maple Roasted Figs – whole recipe
  • 12 Medium Figs
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoons Dry White Wine
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Sea Salt
Maple Caramelized Walnuts – whole recipe
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Walnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Sea Salt
The rest
  • 1/2 Cup Sheep Feta Cheese
  • Approx. 24 Slices of French Bread
  • Approx. 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

Instructions:

Maple Roasted Figs

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the stems off the figs and slice them in half.  In a 9×13″ baking dish, place the figs along the bottom.  In a small bowl mix the syrup, wine, oil, vanilla and salt together then drizzle the syrup mix over all the figs.

Put in oven on the middle shelf for 25 minutes.  Remove and let cool completely.

Maple Caramelized Walnuts

Add the walnuts, syrup and salt to a saute pan and turn the stove on to a medium heat.

When the syrup starts to whiten make sure and stir until they will start to get sticky (about 3 minutes).   When all moisture is gone, turn off the heat.

Spread onto parchment paper or a baking sheet.  Don’t worry about them sticking together, when cooled you can separate them.  Wait until they are completely cool.  They will harden and become crystallized.

Roughly chop the maple roasted figs and the walnuts then add to a medium bowl.  Crumble the feta and add to the bowl. Mix well.

Crostini

Slice the bread into 1/2 inch slices.

Place slices on to a baking sheet and coat both sides with olive oil.

Place on the top shelf of the oven and broil for 1 – 2 minutes then flip them over and broil for about 1 more minute.  Make sure and watch close, they can burn fast.

I usually put the timer on for 1 minute and check then put on for 1 more while watching.  They cook faster on the 2nd side because they are already hot.

Maple Roasted Fig Feta Walnut Crostini

Health benefits:

Figs are high in potassium, which helps control high blood pressure. They have a high concentration of fiber that is helpful in digestion, weight management, constipation; helps prevent colon cancer, post-menopausal breast cancer, hypertension, and diabetes. The soluble fiber pectin helps pull out excess cholesterol. They are also high in calcium that strengthens bones and help reduce macular degeneration. They are very high in antioxidants that are excellent for the liver.

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