Bruschetta with Onion and Fig
CATEGORY: Appetizer- Cold
This delicious bruschetta recipe combines sweet, sour and salty to create the perfect appetizer.  Goes beautifully with a glass of white wine!
PREP TIME: 35 minutes

8 large dried black Mission figs, stemmed and diced
1 cup boiling water
3/4 cup port
2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar 
1 TBSP olive oil
1 medium red onion, roughly chopped
1 to 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil plus additional for drizzling
1 teaspoon heavy whipping cream
Sea salt
8 slices of rustic baguette
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-heat. Add onion; sauté until just golden, stirring occasionally. Reduce  heat to low and add vinegar and sugar, then sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Stir until vinegar has almost evaporated, about 1 minute. Cool.

Place figs in small bowl. Pour 1 cup boiling water over; let soak 45 minutes to 1 hour. Drain figs; place in small saucepan. Add port, 2 TBSP sugar, 1/8 tsp salt and 1 tsp red wine vinegar; bring to boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer until figs are tender and liquid is syrupy, about 20 minutes- stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat; cool.


Combine ricotta, 1 tablespoon oil, and cream in medium bowl and beat until fluffy. Season with sea salt and pepper. Preheat broiler. Brush baguette slices some olive oil. Broil bread on both sides until just beginning to brown on edges. Transfer to serving plate. Spread 1-2 tablespoons ricotta mixture on each bread slice. Spoon 1/8 of the  prepared figs over; top with 1/8 of the onion mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan and basil.