Hands down, Bone Marrow on Toast with Goat Cheese and Black Pepper Fig Jam is one of the best appetizer recipes I’ve yet to create.
I also call it Blood and Bone Toast for short so it may make a nice addition to an adult Halloween appetizer spread. This recipe may look like a lot of work, but it’s surprisingly easy to prepare.
For the Black Pepper Fig Jam:
- 1 lb. Mission figs, diced
- 2 TBSP lemon juice
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 TBSP cracked black pepper
- 2 TBSP butter
For the rest:
- 1 loaf of French bread, sliced into 1-inch pieces
- 4 oz. goat cheese
- 3 large beef bones with marrow
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- On a large baking sheet, stand bones up vertically and roast for 20-30 minutes or until marrow is melting inside the bone.
- While bones are roasting, in a small pot, melt butter then add all Black Pepper Fig Jam ingredients. Bring to a boil and let simmer on low for 20-30 minutes.
- Remove fig jam from stove and refrigerate to let cool.
- Remove bones from oven and on a separate baking sheet, arrange bread pieces in a single layer and toast for 7 or 8 minutes.
- While bread is toasting, over a bowl, remove marrow from bones by using a kitchen knife (the narrower the better) to push or scoop out the marrow from the bone.
- Once bread is toasted, fig jam has cooled and bone marrow has been extracted, prepare the toast by spreading goat cheese on first, followed by fig jam and top with roasted bone marrow.
All these ingredients may seem like a weird combo. Hell, bone marrow itself may seem like a weird ingredient. But, I promise you this appetizer is decadent and full of flavor.
I should probably actually jar some of the black pepper fig jam. To me, it and the bone marrow are the equally award worthy costars in this recipe for Bone Marrow on Toast with Goat Cheese and Black Pepper Fig Jam.