International Happy Hour
Mission Figs/Cambozola/Oloroso Sherry
Fresh figs from California, creamy cheese from Germany, and semi-sweet sherry from Spain together create an amazing food synergy. They enhance each other in this simple yet stellar international happy hour fare.
Our cherished dark purple California figs were brought to the New World in the 1500s and got their name from the Franciscan missionaries who brought them up from Mexico and planted them in the mission gardens along the Pacific coast in the late 1700s.
- Black Mission Figs have a honeyed-earthy-fruity flavor and creamy lusciousness. They are available fresh from mid-May through November.
- Cambozola is German cow’s milk cheese reminiscent of a combination of French Brie and Italian Gorgonzola…triple creamy with that distinctive bleu cheese flavor.
- Oloroso Sherry from Jerez, Spain has wonderful aromas of nuts, vanilla and caramel plus rich nutty semi-sweet creamy flavors. Oloroso sherries offer a terrific balance between sweet and dry.
- A chewy rustic bread brushed with good olive oil is key, be sure to grill the bread over an open flame rather than toast it, that smoky char adds an important element to the combination.
- Fresh thyme sprigs add another earthy layer.
Enjoy figs warmed in adorable cast iron pans with bubbling cambozola on grilled bread with a nip of oloroso sherry for a rich, savory, smoky, and sweet happy hour. Cheers to Fall!
Fresh Figs and Melted Cambozola Recipe
Place cheese in little cast iron pans, top with sliced figs and thyme sprigs. Bake at 350°F until cheese is melted and bubbling.
Meanwhile, brush sliced rustic bread with olive oil and grill until lightly charred.
Pour sherry into little glasses. Provide small appetizer plates. Have guests scoop runny cheese and warm figs onto the bread. Sip and savor happily.
More luscious fig recipes here.