Spicy Caramelized Walnuts, Figs, and Triple-Crème Cheese
This easy-to-assemble appetizer is simple and yummy.
Walnuts can be made up to 3 days in advance. Store in an airtight container in a cool place.
Servings: Makes 8 Servings
- 1 cup walnut halves
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 (1 pint) basket ripe figs
- 1 (8-ounce) piece triple-crème cheese (such as St. André, La Tur, or Brillat-Savarin), at room temperature
- Water crackers , for serving
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place walnuts on a baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until fragrant and beginning to color.
2. In a medium skillet, combine sugar, 2 tablespoons water, oil, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and stir in walnuts. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sugar caramelizes and coats nuts.
3. Spread nuts on a parchment-lined baking sheet, breaking apart clumps while still hot; cool completely.
4. Remove stems and slice figs in half lengthwise. Arrange groupings of figs, cheese, walnuts, and crackers on a wooden board or platter. Encourage guests to combine ingredients on crackers.
Printed from Oprah.com on March 10, 2014
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