RECIPE

Goat Cheese Tarts with Lemon Fig Compote

These dainty little bites are surprisingly simple to prepare. The phyllo pastry shells are sold in the frozen food section in the supermarket. Thaw before filling. 

The lemon-fig topping lends a subtly sweet note to the savory goat cheese filling.

Prepare the compote up to 2 days in advance and store in the refrigerator. 
For Herb Day, a purchased fig jam was used in lieu of the compote.
Yield: 15 servings (serving size 2 tarts)

Ingredients:

Compote:
2 cups finely chopped dried black Mission figs
1 cup water
½ cup Marsala wine
1 T brown sugar
1 T grated lemon rind
1 T fresh lemon juice
⅛ tsp. salt


Tarts:
2 (2.1 ounce) packages mini phyllo shells (such as Athens)
½ cup (4 ounces) fat free cream cheese, softened
1 (4 ounce) package goat cheese
1 large egg white
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Spiced Pecans

Ingredients:

2 c pecan halves
1/4 c brown sugar firmly packed
1/4 c melted butter 4 tsp Mexican hot pepper sauce (Cholula)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Preheat oven to 350. 
Lightly spray olive oil on a cookie sheet (cover cookie sheet with foil).
Mix all ingredients. 
Spread on pan in one layer. 
Bake 10 minutes until lightly toasted, stirring once. 
Cool. 

(Herb Day 2014 hospitality table recipe)

 

Glazed Bacon Strips

Ingredients:

1 pound bacon, (slices cut in half)
1 (16-oz) box brown sugar (enough to coat bacon well)
Roll each slice of bacon in brown sugar covering both sides. Place on broiler pan or rack. Bake at 325 degrees F for 15 to 30 minutes. Keep checking until bacon is browned and fat cooked from it. Place cooked bacon on foil to cool. It will crisp as it cools. Serve at room temperature. This can be made early in the day or the day before and stored covered in refrigerator until ready to use. 
Serve on a silver tray. 
Yield: 30 or more pieces

Rolled Asparagus Sandwich

Preheat oven to 350°

Cut crusts from bread, spread with mayonnaise that has been seasoned with a little onion juice, paprika and French dressing. Roll an asparagus (from canned) crosswise and secure with a toothpick. Brush with melted butter and toast until hot. 
Better served hot. May add chopped chives if available.


(an Herb Day 2010 hospitality table recipe)

Honey Apple Brie Bites

Ingredients:

1 lemon
1 c toasted walnuts
2 medium red baking apples such as Jonathans (2 cups finely diced)
¼ c honey
1 4” round of Brie or Camembert cheese with rind
2 pkgs prepared mini phyllo shells


Directions:
1. Heat oven to 400°. Zest lemon to measure 1 tsp. Coarsely chop walnuts. Finely dice apples. Combine all with honey and mix gently.
2. Cut Brie or Camembert into 30 ½-inch cubes. Arrange phyllo shells on large baking sheet. Place one cheese cube in each shell, top with apple mixture.
Bake 6-8 minutes until cheese is melted.
Try improvising on ingredients. I used pecans instead of walnuts. Also, I think a piece of bacon in each shell with other ingredients would be delicious. Another variation would be some fig preserves topping the cheese instead of the apples mixture. Enjoy!

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