Recipe courtesy of Curtis Aikens

Roasted Figs and Onions with Gorgonzola Croutons

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  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons garlic, chopped

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/3 cup fresh mint, chopped

4 red onions, halved and peeled

8 fresh figs

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

5 ounces Gorgonzola

Dash of Tabasco

Dash of Worcestershire

3 tablespoons heavy cream

12 slices baguette

3 tablespoons olive oil which has been mixed with 1 crushed garlic clove


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and mint. Slice the onions in half, from stem to root end and add to bowl. Coat onions and place in a shallow baking dish and roast for 30 minutes.
  3. Add figs to the baking dish, baste with juices and roast for 15 more minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, mix gorgonzola, Tabasco, Worcestershire and thin with cream to make a spreadable mixture. Brush baguette slices with garlic oil.
  5. Remove the onions and figs from oven, raise oven temperature to 400 degrees. Place baguette slices on a baking sheet and toast the slices for about 7 minutes, until browned.
  6. To serve:
  7. Spread the cheese mixture on the bread. Place the onion and fig mixture on a platter, and surround with the croutons. Serve immediately. Tip: DRIED FIGS
  8. Heat your figs with a mixture of brandy and water to barely cover. Cook 15-20 minutes until softened. Serve with mascarpone cheese or whipped cream.