Fig Bruschetta with Honey and Gorgonzola Butter

cuisine Italian
difficulty Moderate
season Fall & Winter
serves 8

Ingredients

1 head garlic, top cut off to expose cloves Olive oil 2 ounces European butter, room temperature 2 ounces gorgonzola, crumbled 1/2 rustic loaf bread, sliced (halved if large pieces) 8 figs, sliced 1/4” thick Fresh thyme leaves Sea salt flakes Honey

Directions

  1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2.  Place the garlic on a piece of aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil. Enclose garlic in foil and bake for 45 minutes, or until the garlic is very soft.
  3.  Squeeze 6 roasted garlic cloves from their papery skins into a MEDIUM BOWL and mash it with a fork.
  4.  Add in the butter and cheese. Mix thoroughly and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  5.  Place the slices of bread on a HALF SHEET BAKING TRAY. Brush the tops of the bread with olive oil and place in the oven until the bread is lightly toasted and just beginning to turn golden, about 3 to 4 minutes. Cool to prevent the cheese and butter from melting.
  6.  Slather each slice of bread with the gorgonzola butter mixture, top with sliced figs, sprinkle with thyme leaves and sea salt flakes. Finish with a drizzle of honey.