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Fiery Fig Fantasy

Fiery Fig Fantasy

Fiery Fig Fantasy is one of those elegant appetizers that has a truly memorable taste.

You know those appetizers that are elegant & special that you can make in minutes with just a few ingredients? Like prosciutto and melon? This is one of those dishes.

My sister, Suzanne, has been visiting & I wanted to make a quick sweet spicy appetizer with what I already had. I took some whole wheat pita bread, tore it into about 6-8 pieces, spread some fig jam I had on top, then topped it with thinly slided Kerrygold Dubliner cheese. Wow!

Next day I made it again but added a thin layer of 505 Green Chile on top of the jam, then topped it with the cheese and nuked it just until the cheese melted. Double-wow! Suzanne pronounced it top-tier restaurant quality as an appetizer. The chiles turned it from a really good appetizer into a distinctive and memorable one. And you can literally make it in minutes.

If you don’t have Dubliner cheese (which I bought at Costco), you can use a sharp cheddar. Lately I’ve been cooking with the 505 Southwestern Green Chile packets – these are 2-ounce packets of green chile (1/4 cup) like you might get ketchup or mustard in but bigger. Very convenient. Often I cook with small amounts of green chile and have trouble with the rest going bad. Green chile only keeps 1-2 weeks in the fridge. With a packet of 505, for this recipe I just squirt a little dollop of green chile on the top of each piece of pita and then spread it with a knife. So quick!

I will later try this with other kinds of jam – probably apricot first. There’s nothing like a sweet spicy appetizer to hit the spot! This is so simple but also special – you gotta try it!

Fiery Fig Fantasy
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A simple, elegant appetizer that combines sharp cheese, the sweet unusual taste of fig jam, and just the right amount of heat from hot green chiles.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: 2-3 servings
  • 1 Whole wheat pita bread
  • 2 tbsp fig jam
  • 2 tbsp 505 green chiles
  • 6 oz Kerrygold Dubliner cheese
  1. Shave slices no more than ⅛ inch thick from the block of Dubliner cheese and set aside.
  2. Tear a pita bread into 6-8 wedge-shaped pieces. Spread a thin layer of jam on each piece, then a thin layer of 505 green chile and place on a microwave-safe plate. Top with a layer of the cheese.
  3. Microwave on high for about 45 seconds to a minute or just until cheese melts.
  4. Serve immediately & enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ pita Calories: 450 Fat: 27 g Saturated fat: 27 Unsaturated fat: 0 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 26 g Sugar: 4 g Sodium: 790 mg Fiber: 5 g Protein: 21 g Cholesterol: 0



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