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Cheese Bruschetta with Grilled Figs and Balsamic Dressing

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Cheese Bruschetta with Grilled Figs and Balsamic Dressing

Cheese Bruschetta with Grilled Figs and Balsamic Dressing

Photo (c) John Mitzewich
Grilled figs make an amazing garnish for a slice of toasted bread topped with fresh cheese. Here I used an extra creamy type of mozzarella called "burrata," available at the nicer cheese shops, but a soft, fresh mozzarella cheese would work, as would a nice mild goat cheese, or brie.

Makes 4 Portions Bruschetta with Grilled Figs and Balsamic Dressing

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 fresh Black Mission figs, cut in half lengthwise
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 thick slices Italian bread
  • olive oil, as needed
  • 8-oz semi-soft cheese such as burrata, mozzarella, goat, teleme, or even brie

Preparation:

Add the balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil to a small jar or squeeze bottle. Shake vigorously to emulsify. Set aside until needed.

Place the figs, skin-side-down, on a preheated charcoal or gas grill. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, or until the figs swell, and the juices begin to bubble up to the surface. Remove to a plate and reserve. Brush the bread lightly with olive oil, and grill lightly on both sides.

To serve: top each slice of grilled bread with cheese. Surround with grilled figs, and drizzle over the balsamic dressing. Top with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
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