A fan of fruit and cheese pairings? Then you would love Gorgonzola, figs & walnut triangles. You get your cheese, your fruit plus some crunch and crispiness from the walnuts and puff pastry. Great for snack or dessert!
One of my favorite snacks (sometimes dessert too!) is a piece of bread, gorgonzola and fig jam. Granted, I like fresh figs with gorgonzola too.
But I can only do that when we visit my in-laws in Italy – fresh figs are not so good in Stockholm. 🙁
So, using fig jam is a great alternative, and I can have it the whole year round. This recipe is a by-product of that favorite snack. I just added some crunch (i.e. walnuts) and some crispiness (the puff pastry) – and serve everything while they’re still warm!
HOW TO MAKE GORGONZOLA, FIGS & WALNUT TRIANGLES
CAN I USE FRESH FIGS?
I am sure you can. However, I am certain you still need to add some extra sweetness in there. For this purpose, it might be better to use honey than plain sugar; it’s going to make the mixture less dry as well.
(FULL DISCLOSURE: I have not tried this combo yet. I will do it next year, when we visit Italy for summer and figs are still in season 🙂 )
CAN I REPLACE WALNUTS WITH A DIFFERENT KIND OF NUT?
Yes. A word of caution though. As much as I LOVE pistachios, it does not work as a replacement for walnuts in this recipe. It’s the first nut that I tried with this recipe, because that is my FAVORITE nut – just did not do it for me.
Maybe you would like blanched almond better…?
CAN I USE A DIFFERENT FLAVOR OF JAM?
Definitely. Pretty much any fruit that you enjoy with your blue cheese, you can try it as a replacement for fig jam.
I’ve tried apricot jam, and I was happy with the result. 🙂
WHAT TYPE OF GORGONZOLA SHOULD I USE?
If you are not used to gorgonzola yet, I suggest you start with ‘gorgonzola dolce’, which is a milder, sweeter version.
But if it’s been part of your usual fruit and cheese pairings, then use ‘gorgonzola piccante’ for this recipe.
CAN I USE OTHER TYPE OF BLUE CHEESE?
Of course! But since NOT all blue cheese are equal when it comes to flavor intensity, you have to continually taste and adjust the balance of the sweetness and saltiness in the filling mixture.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH GORGONZOLA, FIGS & WALNUT TRIANGLES?
Hmmm, more gorgonzola? 😀
I actually don’t serve it with anything EXCEPT a glass of something cool and refreshing. I ALWAYS have mine with a glass of chilled rosè or dry white wine. Some of my friends drink a glass of soda with it.
Lemonade? Nah, I’ve tried it once – NOT good. So, keep that in mind, don’t say I did not warn you!
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OR IF YOU WANT ANOTHER GORGONZOLA RECIPE, YOU MIGHT LIKE Orecchiette with Peas & Gorgonzola!
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Gorgonzola, figs & walnut triangles
- 2 sheets puff pastry
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped roughly
- 1 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
- 3 to 4 tbsp fig jam
- 1 egg, separated
- Preheat oven to 200°C (375°F).
- In a bowl, combine walnuts, gorgonzola and fig jam. Mix evenly.
- Cut four (equal) squares from each sheet of puff pastry.
- Place about a tablespoon of the gorgonzola mixture on the center of the puff pastry square.
- Brush the sides of the pastry with egg white. Fold the pastry into a triangle. Press the sides of the triangle and then use a fork to seal them.
- Place the pastry triangles in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to chill.
- Brush the pastry triangles with egg whites.
- Place the triangles in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the triangles have turned golden.
- Take triangles out of the oven.
- Serve. (NOTE: Be careful when they’re still PIPING hot, especially the filling!)