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Valley Fig Growers California Fig and Cheese Balls

Valley Fig Growers California Fig and Cheese Balls
Yields 30
California Figs and blue cheese rolled in chopped, toasted pecans are a classic appetizer, but other combinations are just as tasty. Try Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs and goat cheese adorned with almonds or dried herbes de Provence and chopped fresh parsley. Or mix California Figs with feta (drained if in brine) and roll in toasted cumin seeds, smoked paprika, and freshly ground black pepper.
  1. 6 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola or another blue cheese, goat cheese, or feta
  2. 4 ounces cream cheese (regular or reduced-fat)
  3. 1 cup Blue Ribbon® Orchard Choice® or Sun-Maid® California Figs, stemmed and finely chopped
  4. ¾ cup finely chopped, toasted pecans, walnuts, or almonds*
  1. Combine Gorgonzola and cream cheese in medium bowl. Mix with a sturdy fork or spoon (or blend briefly in a food processor) until combined. Mix in figs.
  2. Form mixture into 1-inch balls. Cover and chill for up to 1 day.
  3. Spread nuts (or other topping) on a plate. Roll each ball in topping.
  4. Arrange on a serving platter. Serve immediately or cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours.
  1. *Or roll in fresh or dried herbs—such as smoked or regular paprika—or toasted seeds.
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Valley Fig Growers

Valley Fig Growers (VFG) is located in Fresno, California. All of the commercially sold dried figs produced in the United States are grown in the Fresno area and north, in the fertile San Joaquin Valley. California represents 10% of the world production of dried figs. VFG was established in 1959 and is the largest handler of figs in North America. The cooperative has 25 grower members representing about 40% of the California fig industry. VFG markets its products worldwide. Retail products are sold under Valley Fig Growers own brand names of Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice, Sun-Maid and Old Orchard. For recipes developed by our fig experts, and more information about our cooperative and our products, please visit www.valleyfig.com. Updates, recipes and company news also can be found on Valley Fig Growers’ Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts.

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