Le Gruyère Cheese Plate with Figs

Le Gruyère Cheese Plate with Figs

Serves 6

Sweet, plump poached figs make a luscious accompaniment to Le Gruyère. Add a sprig of fresh rosemary to the poaching liquid to give the figs a subtle herbaceous flavor.

Ingredients: 
  • 1 1/2 cup dried figs (about 16 figs)
  • 1 1/2 cup Port wine or cherry juice (no sugar added)
  • 4 slices walnut or pecan raisin hearth bread
  • 3/4 pound wedge Le Gruyère cheese
  • 2 pears, cored and sliced
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Method: 

Combine figs and Port in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower heat, cover and simmer until figs are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool, uncovered.

Remove figs from wine with a slotted spoon and save wine for another use (try it over vanilla ice cream). Trim off and discard the stem ends and slice each fig in half. Cut each slice of bread into four pieces. Arrange figs, bread, Le Gruyère and pears on a cutting board or cheese plate and serve.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:470 calories (170 from fat), 19g total fat, 11g saturated fat, 60mg cholesterol, 250mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (6g dietary fiber, 23g sugar), 20g protein

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