Fig Jam with Crostini and Goat Cheese

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A jam your taste buds and waistline will love!

This is two-recipes-in-one!  Fig jam (with dates) can be prepared and used for the crostini recipe, with more to spare for jarring for toast or giving as gifts. The recipe makes 3 half-pints. Of course, just the jam can be made, too! The recipe that follows includes both the jam recipe and assembly of the crostini recipe.

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Fig Jam with Crostini and Goat Cheese

This unique recipe is bursting with flavors and healthy ingredients.
Yield 8 people
Serving Size 3 crostini slices
Course Appetizer, Condiment, Snack
Cuisine Universal
Author SkinnyMs.

Ingredients

Jam

  • 2 cups dried figs coarsely chopped, mission figs preferred (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1 cup pitted dates coarsely chopped, mejool dates preferred (about ½ pound)
  • 1 cup real maple syrup coconut palm sugar, sucanat or natural sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed (about 1 lemon)

Crostini with Goat Cheese

  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese package - plain or herbed
  • 1 whole-wheat baguette
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

For the Jam

  • Sterilize 3 ½ pint jars for canning.
  • Bring figs and water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Add balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and sweetener. Mash the figs with a potato masher while cooking to break them up. Simmer for about 20- 25 minutes, until a jammy, but not dry, consistency is achieved.
  • Ladle into ½ pint prepared jars, leaving ½” headspace at the top of each jar.
  • Makes about 3 jars jam.

Optional Crostini with Goat Cheese

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut each crostini diagonally. Brush crostini on both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for about 7 minutes on a baking sheet, or until golden and crisp. Spread a generous layer of goat cheese on the crostini, and add 1 tablespoon of the jam.

Notes

For the jam alone:
Yields: 36 servings | Serving size: 1 tablespoon | Calories: 27 | Total Fat: 0 gm | Saturated Fats: 0 | Trans Fats: 0 gm | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 2 mg | Carbohydrates: 7 gm | Dietary fiber: 0 gm | Sugars: 6 gm | Protein: 0 gm| SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2

Nutrition Information

Serving: 3crostini slices | Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 231mg | Sugar: 6g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4
Keywords Vegetarian

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