This Mediterranean-inspired appetizer recipe, featuring Bella Viva Orchards’ Certified Organic Dried Black Figs and Certified Organic Raw Almonds, is easy enough to make on a weeknight and special enough to be served for company. By using Dried Figs, you’re packing an extra concentrated punch of sweet, earthy flavor.
Yields: 12 small toasts
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes (includes cooling time)
1 cup Bella Viva Orchards Certified Organic Dried Black Figs (about 12)
¾ cup water
½ cup Bella Viva Orchards Certified Organic Raw Almonds, roughly chopped
½ cup whole milk ricotta cheese (fresh is best)
12 slices thin baguette
Pinches of flaky sea salt, such as Fleur de Sel or Maldon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut the Figs in half and place in a small saucepan. Cover with ¾ cup water, using more if needed. Over medium-high heat, bring the Fig mixture just to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally until fruit is soft. Add more water if needed so fruit does not dry. Remove from heat and set aside.
Place baguette slices and chopped Almonds on a cookie sheet. Toast about 5 to 7 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
Spread ricotta cheese on toasted baguette slices, then top with two halves of the Figs with a little liquid. Sprinkle with toasted Almonds and finish each toast with a pinch of flaky sea salt.