August 31, 2016
Side Dishes, Dairy, Cheese,
Fruit, Figs, Vegetables, Appetizers, Lettuce , North American, Easy/Beginner Cooking, Quick Meals, Small Batch Cooking, Entertaining, Fall/Autumn, Labor Day, Ladies Luncheon, Weeknight Meals, Grill (Electric), Grilling (Outdoor), Microwave, Vegetarian, Make it from scratch more
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"These are absolutely delicious; and, quick and easy to prepare. Perfect to serve as an appetizer or a side dish. They can be made on an indoor or outdoor grill; but, the outdoor grill is so much better if possible. You can use any size skewer you want for these (small appetizer size / or full size skewers as a side dish) I usually use wooden skewers; as they are very quick cooking."
Bread Cubes ... Cut off the crusts; then, cut your slices into cubes, place on a plate ... and, let them dry on the counter over night, or up to 24 hrs, covered loosely with a light towel. They will be stale; but, still soft enough to skewer.
Balsamic Sauce ... Add the balsamic and honey to a small pot; then, reduce 5 minutes on medium low heat. Finish by adding the fresh orange juice; then, set to the side. I usually serve this chilled or at room temperature.
Butter Sauce ... Add the butter, olive oil, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper to a small bowl; and, microwave on medium heat for 1-1 1/2 minutes, until the butter is melted. Finish by adding the orange zest.
Skewers ... If using wooden skewers on an open charcoal or gas grill; you would normally soak them for 10-15 minutes so they don't burn. These are so quick cooking; I don't find it necessary.
These can be skewered anyway you like; and, depending on the size of the skewer - you can make anywhere from 6-24 skewers. Simply alternate figs (skewered from one end to another so they flat), cheese, bread, and lettuce cubes. Make sure NOT to push the ingredients too close together. You want each piece to cook evenly. Then, brush the skewers with the butter sauce; then, grill, flipping often. Medium high grill, until the cheese softens, the bread crisps up; and, the figs start to soften.
Serve and ENJOY! ... Simply drizzle the balsamic sauce over each skewer. You can serve it chilled or room temperature. As mentioned, it is a great appetizer or side dish.
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