Sunday, August 30, 2009
fig spread, pear & brie flatbread
OH MY FREAKING GOD I WANT TO EAT THIS ALL DAY LONG. Heck, I would bathe in this if Katie let me. Mmmmmm delicious sweet, savory and buttery loofa. I digress. We both had some ideas on how we wanted to use the pears, figs, and some brie on top of some crusty bread, and those ideas progressed over a few hours and this is what came out. If we have a party, or attend a pot luck soon while figs are in season, I guarantee that this is what we will be bringing on top of some crostini. It was easy, relatively quick for making a fruit spread, and completely blew our minds.
2 Tbsp olive oil
10 figs, trimmed and cut into eighths
1/4 white or yellow onion, 1/4" dice
2 pinches dried thyme
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 pear cored, thinly sliced
1/2 lb brie, sliced (We used Fromager d'Affinois)
BIG and CRUSTY bread
salt to taste
Heat olive oil in a small sauce pan on medium-low heat. Toss in your onions and go take a break; watch some TV, do some dishes, make fun of Rachel Ray, whatever makes you happy. Just stir them every 5 minutes or so. Once the onions are caramelized, about 16-20 minutes, add the figs, thyme, lemon juice and a pinch of salt, cover and repeat the exact same process again; stirring every 5 minutes while saying "Yumm-O!" in silly voices until the figs are also caramelized and the whole product looks like fig spread, approximately 20 minutes.
Smear the resulting product on to some thick sliced crusty bread, top with sliced pears and brie and put it in the toaster oven for a few minutes until the brie gets melty. Seriously the best thing I have put mouth in a hot minute. I have eaten it 3 times since we made it, and everyday its more amazing than the last. I really want to eat this everyday until I have a heart attack.