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Created for Laura Chenel by the incomparable Chef Jacquelyn Buchanan. Sweet and floral Orange Blossom Honey goat cheese gives this summery recipe citrus notes and brightens the luscious flavor of fresh figs. Simply wrapped in strips of large, fresh basil leaves, the cheese and figs don't need to be cooked so they're perfect for warm-weather entertaining. Any variety of fresh fig works well in this recipe.
Recipe by chef Jacquelyn Buchanan, Laura Chenel and Marin French Cheese, 2015.
1. Depending on the size of the fresh figs, slice each in half or into quarters. Slice the basil leaves into 1/2-inch wide ribbons.
2. Place a slice of fresh fig onto each basil leaf ribbon. Top with 1 tablespoon of Orange Blossom Honey Log and fold the basil leaf over the top of the fresh goat cheese.
3. Drizzle each appetizer with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
4. The appetizers can be garnished with smoked paprika, cracked black pepper or chili flakes, if desired.