FIG Appetizer and Apple Cocktail for Your Awesome Fall Dinner Party

31 Oct

Happy Halloween, Keftanis! It’s been a minute, but I’m back. Today we’re working with a recipe from KimmieKef (formally ContessaKef), who threw a stunning soiree on JetSet’s NYC rooftop a few weekends ago.


Clearly, this photo does not qualify for #nofilter, but it really is lovely, isn’t it?

Anyway, this hostess with the mostest rocked two blog-worthy recipes: figs wrapped with pancetta and stuffed with goat cheese, and a yummy apple beverage perfect for festive adult gatherings. Plus, she wore some awesome pants:

photo 2The FIGS are an epicurious recipe and so is the associated picture (thanks, epi!). The cocktail seems to come from Cosmopolitan, of all places, so-uh- thanks, Cosmo, for woman-generated misogyny and this awesome drink?

FIGS with Pancetta and Goat Cheese


  • 1/2 c crème de cassis or other not-too-sweet fruit liqueur, such as crème de mûre, or Calvados
  • 1 TBS cracked black pepper
  • 8 large, ripe black or green fresh figs, cut in half lengthwise, stems left intact
  • 8 thin slices pancetta
  • 1 c crumbled fresh goat cheese
  • honey for drizzling


1.Preheat oven to 450F.  Pour the liqueur into a shallow dish. Sprinkle the pepper on a saucer. Dip the cut sides of the figs first into the fruit liqueur, then into the pepper, and place, cut side up, on a baking sheet to marinate for 20 minutes.

2. Cut each slice of pancetta lengthwise into 1/2-inch strips. Loosely wrap each fig half with a strip of pancetta. Fry the rest of the pancetta until crisp and crumbly and set aside.

4. Place the planked pancetta-wrapped figs, sprinkled with goat cheese and fried pancetta, in the middle of the oven. Roast for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the figs are scorched around the edges.  Drizzle with the honey and serve.

Smokin’ Apple Cocktail

photo 1


  • 2 oz whisky (such as The Macallan Fine Oak 10 Years Old).
  • .75 oz fresh lemon juice.
  • 1.5 oz hand-pressed apple cider.
  • 2 fresh figs 2-3 sage leaves


1. Add ice.

2. Shake.

3. Strain over double rocks or martini glass.

4.Garnish with a sage leaf.

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