I have to say after watching a lot of Food Network Challenge shows on Sunday I was feeling inadequate in the cooking department. The amazing dishes that they can make on the fly in 30 minutes or less is amazing! Not only that but half the dishes I couldn’t pronounce let alone make.
So to soothe my aching soul I experimented with a new dish. The first time I made this dish I kept the fig raw and drizzled honey before rolling the dough. It ended up a little gritty and a little too sweet then what I wanted. I decided for the second batch to try and cut the sweetness and chewiness of the fig with some balsamic vinegar. This really left the fig very soft and subtle, most of the vinegar cooks off and you can taste just a hit of it in the final dish. The final result was a touch creamy, and a hint of sweet.
Ingredients: 4 Figs (1/2 cup chopped- stems removed) ~ 2 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar (Fig Infused preferred) ~ 1/3 cup water ~ Pinch Salt ~ 4 oz cream cheese (softened) ~ 1 Crescent Roll Sheet ~ 1 Cup Spinach (Chopped) ~ 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove the stems on the figs and chop into cubes.
Place in a skillet over high heat with 2 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar, 1/3 cup Water and a pinch of salt. Once it begins to boil reduce heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes until the fig begins to soften and the sauce thickens.
Roll out the crescent dough and spread out the softened cream cheese onto the dough. Sprinkle the spinach on top of the cream cheese.
Sprinkle on the garlic powder then spoon on the fig vinaigrette mix.
Roll lengthwise and cut into 1 inch thick slices with a serrated knife.
Place on a greased cookie sheet cut side down.
Bake for 9-12 minutes or until the dough is golden brown.
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