Introducing the final Recipe of the Week selection for 2011: fig & goat cheese crostini, an appealing appetizer that would make a great addition to any New Year's Eve menu. These tasty bites are made up of toasted baguette slices topped with savory fig jam and soft, creamy goat cheese. I made them recently for a dinner party and they were a huge success.
Thyme, shallots and port give the jam a rich depth of flavor, which pairs perfectly with the creamy, tangy goat cheese. Topped with fresh fig slices, these crostini make for an attractive, refined presentation, but if you can't get your hands on any fresh figs, simply garnish with a few leaves of fresh thyme, they'll still look great.
The fig jam can be prepared a day in advance as can the toasts (although I don't recommend the latter), which makes this a perfect dish for NYE. For an extra special something, try adding some crispy prosciutto or a few drops of high-quality aged balsamic vinegar on top.