Sunday, July 19, 2015

Brie, Bacon and Fig Jam Tarts | Secret Recipe Club

If you have been following my foodie adventures for a while now, you know I absolutely love appetizers.  I take pleasure in a one to two bite delight that is packed with flavor and is full of various textures.  Even when we are at home regardless of the day of the week, enjoying appetizers makes us feel like we are celebrating.

Hubby and I are hooked on a show that airs on the Hallmark Channel called Cedar Cove.  Saturday night was the 2 hour season premier and we could hardly wait to view it.  We actually don’t call it Cedar Cove but rather "the feel good show” since overall it is a happy show with some twists and turns along the way.  We felt the premier deserved an appetizer dinner along with a great bottle of wine. 

For my July Secret Recipe Club match, I was paired with Rhonda who published The Kitchen Witch blog.  She goes by the nickname Giggles and is a blogger, culinarian, photographer and avid motorcycle rider.  She has a blended family with 6 kids and 3 grandchildren and one on the way.  Her eldest daughter had a blog and inspired Rhonda to start one too.  From browsing her blog, she has a great palate of various tastes and recipes and great photography skills.  In fact a few months ago, she was paired with me and chose this recipe to make.

This month is a bit bitter sweet for me.  Almost 4 years to the date, I joined the Secret Recipe Club and it has been a great adventure.  This month, I have decided to make it my last month.  With my busy career, being a DOLE Ambassador, blog commitments and life, my plate is full and unfortunately something had to give.  I thought long and hard about my decision.  This group has some absolutely lovely bloggers and I have enjoyed purusing through their blogs over the years and making some absolutely stunning recipes.  Thank you to Debbi who has been the Group C leader the entire time I have been involved – you have been simply great!

For my last post, I chose a appetizer recipe that simply had my name written all over it.  Rhonda’s Brie, Bacon and Fig in a Fillo Cup simply sang to me.  It is simple yet full of flavor and the presentation will impress your guests.  Hubby and I enjoyed it for our premier of Cedar Cove and enjoyed a Chiarello Family Vineyards  red wine called 2012 Bambino Cabernet Sauvignon.  Thank you Rhonda for a great new appetizer recipe!

Brie, Bacon and Fig Jam Tarts

1 Pkg. Pre-backed Mini Fillo Shells (15)
4 oz. of Brie, rind removed and cut into ¾ inch cubes
6 Slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
Balsamic Fig Jam (click here for recipe) or use your favorite store bought variety
Micro-Greens (for garnish)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place shells on a cookie sheet and fill each one with one piece of brie.  Place in oven for 5 to 8 minutes or until the brie melts.  Remove from oven and add a small dollop of fig jam and sprinkle with bacon on top then garnish with a few micro greens or finely diced chives.

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  1. Sounds divine! I love appetizers for dinner, and curled up with a favorite show and a glass of wine is heaven! Sorry to hear you are leaving SRC :( but I do understand~

  2. Sounds like a fun night, with appetizers and your favourite show :)

  3. Oh that looks so good! I'm definitely pinning it to make at one of our next parties. Sorry to see you're leaving the SRC, but totally understand how sometimes you need to say goodbye to focus on other things. Best of luck!

  4. Lisa, this is one of my favorite appetizers! And easiest too, so glad you chose it! Try to keep sane with your busy life, you'll never be too far away when you have a blog.

  5. This is simply GORGEOUS!

    Love it... your photos are amazing.....

  6. We will miss you Lisa, but it sounds like you've got some very exciting adventures ahead of you! You are so lucky to get Rhonda's blog - she is one of my favorite people and even more fun in person than she is online! This appetizer looks heavenly and I'm trying to figure out what I can use in place of the filo for a gluten-free version. Maybe an almond crust would work. Can't wait to try it! :-)

    1. Thank you Jane! It was a hard decision that has been months in the making. I believe there are gluten free wonton wrappers. You could brush each side with olive oil and bake in a mini muffin tin and use that instead of the fillo dough! Rhonda's blog was certainly a fun one. I believe you are a SF Bay Area Food Blogger too - will have to continue to keep up on your blog! :)

  7. oh wow...these look so good! Great choice. Fellow group D'er

  8. Looks super cute and delicious.. awesome!!

  9. Oh my goodness Lisa, these look fantastic. I could easily make a meal of them! Great pics too!


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