Fig Spread Appetizers

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Fig spread is a sweet and tasty variety of jam made from figs. Figs are a great source of healthy dietary fiber and they're high in potassium. Create a few impressive appetizers using a prepared jar of fig spread. Your kids may love the sweet taste of the fruity preserves, allowing you to get them a healthy boost of fiber at the start of a meal.

With Cheese

You may be surprised by how well a tangy, savory hunk of cheese goes with sweet fig preserves. Adding cheese to an appetizer made with fig spread not only ups the flavor factor, but it also gives the dish a boost of healthy protein and bone-building calcium. Try spreading crackers with a smear of cream cheese or soft goat cheese, then topping with a dollop of fig jam. Or place a slice of hard Parmesan or soft brie on a cracker, then spoon the figs on top of the cheese.

With Meat

Thinly sliced prosciutto lends its salty flavor well to an appetizer made with sweet fig spread. Make an entertaining and easy-to-eat appetizer by spreading a slice of prosciutto with some fig spread, then wrapping the meat around a crunchy bread stick. Or skip the bread and make ham roll-ups by spreading the fig spread right on the meat and rolling it up into a kid-friendly appetizer.

On Toast

Fig spread makes an ideal base for a tasty crostini appetizer. Just slice and toast some French bread from the bakery and make mini open-faced sandwiches to serve your family before a meal. Spread the toast rounds with fig spread and bleu cheese dressing. Sprinkle walnuts on top for an extra crunchy boost of protein and healthy oils. Make tiny grilled sandwiches for a hearty appetizer by spreading bread with fig jam, then layering on some sliced cooked chicken. Grill the sandwich on a panini press or heat it in the toaster, then cut it into bite-sized pieces and serve.

As a Glaze

Make a sweet, meaty treat for a tasty family appetizer using fig spread. Baste baby-back ribs with fig spread before roasting or grilling to give the meat a sweet glaze. Or make miniature hamburgers out of any kind of ground meat, then brush them with fig spread after cooking and serve them on biscuits or dinner rolls. Your kids will likely be thrilled to eat tiny, sweet burgers as an appetizer.