You will definitely want to make a jar of this fig & bourbon jam as soon as possible to create these delicious steak & blue cheese bites.
This recipe actually has two quite separate components. First, let’s talk about the concept of steak as an appetizer. We nearly always see steak as the main event during a meal, a thick slab of beef with a potato and maybe a vegetable or two. Time for an overhaul! These steak bites take the best of a carefully curated forkful and repeat it again and again, as an appetizer! So, imaging cutting off a perfect slice of steak, slathering it with rich blue cheese, then dolloping on the perfect amount of sweet fig & bourbon jam for a completely heavenly mouthful. Yup, steak can and should be an appetizer more often.
Now, let’s talk about the stand-alone awesomeness of the fig & bourbon jam. It’s actually easier to spread than conventional jam, nearly a paste consistency, and it’s definitely a utility player in your culinary arsenal. Spread it on pancakes, toast, tart apples, mix it with ice cream or even use it to glaze pork. You’ll keep finding things you want to add it to, believe me.
Back the the magic of these steak bites… To make these, you really only need a recipe for the jam, the rest is a matter of assembly. Just take some slices of baguette (preferably buttered and put under the broiler for a minute or two), top with a slice of perfectly medium rare steak (filet or strip work best for this so you get uniform little pieces), a chunk of blue and a small spoonful of the jam. I prefer to use Cambozola for this – it’s a hybrid of Gorgonzola & a triple cream brie – so you get all the creaminess with a big punch of blue.
If you need a little help on cooking your steak just right, you may want to check out my article on reverse searing, which nails it every time!