Prep 35 mins
Cook 8 hrs
We had an intimate Garden Party "picnic" Wedding in our yard & each of our friends & family brought their favorite dish to celebrate the day. Our friend Kim's husband Dan made this incredible cheese spread. I don't know where he found this recipe, but it is a serious keeper for all our special occasions going forward. Every time we taste this recipe, it is a wonderful memory of our very special wedding day.
- 1⁄2 cup dried mission figs (Quartered)
- 1 cup red wine
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 1 lb cream cheese (Room Temp)
- 3⁄4 cup butter (Room Temp)
- 8 ounces gorgonzola (Crumbled)
- 2 tablespoons brandy
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup pecan pieces (Toasted)
- 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley (Chopped)
- 1 (15 ounce) box whole wheat crackers
- Put the figs in a saucepan with red wine and thyme. Simmer 15 minutes, drain, and discard thyme and wine. Let figs cool while preparing cheese.
- Mix cream cheese and butter with electric mixer, until well blended, 1 minute. Add gorgonzola, brandy, and salt. Beat one more minute. Do not over-beat or the cheese will not set properly.
- Spray a bread pan with cooking spray. Line inside of pan with plastic wrap. Spoon half of the cheese mixture into the pan, spread it flat and make sure it gets into the corners. Sprinkle with figs, pecans, and parsley. Cover with remaining cheese. Bang the pan on the counter a few times to settle everything into place. Cover the top with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- When ready to serve, remove from pan and place on a platter being sure to remove plastic wrap. Decorate with additional Figs, Thyme, Pecans, and/or Parsley.
- Serve with your favorite crackers (we like the Whole Wheat Ritz Crackers).
I made a half recipe using 4 oz. of American Spoon Fig Conserve instead of stewing my own figs. Spread over stone ground wheat crackers it was a delicious, rich flavor. "Sweet and Snappy," one guest quipped. Made the day before this is a simple, but tasty, cocktail treat.