Make this holiday season the most delicious one yet with simple, stress free recipes that use fresh in-season ingredients. One of my favorite elegant and savory holiday appetizers are Baked Figs with Goat Cheese. They’re sweet, yet savory and your guests will be begging for the leftovers. The best part? This appetizer can be made in under 15 minutes!
I love appetizers before a meal, and I have always believed it makes an event or even a simple dinner at home that much more special. However, it can be difficult to make fabulous appetizers and a fabulous dinner without something going array. That’s why I always try to keep them as simple as possible. A short ingredient list and a short cooking time is key to success. Your guests don’t have to know your menu was stress free.
- 12 fresh figs
- 4 oz. soft goat cheese
- 1 tspextra virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup honey
- Preheat oven to broil. Trim off stems of figs and cut an “X” in the top of each fig 1/3 way through. Place the figs on a greased, parchment or silpat-lined sheet tray. If they are a little wobbly, you can shave a bit off the bottoms of the figs so they stand upright.
- Place goat cheese in a plastic or piping bag and massage with warm hands until softened. Cut a tip off one of the bottom corners of the bag and pipe the cheese into each fig, dividing your 4 oz. cheese evenly between the 12 figs.
- Lightly brush the figs with olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt and a generous amount of freshly cracked black pepper. Broil the figs for about 4 minutes or until you can see little brown bits on the goat cheese. Next gently warm your honey. It should be easily pourable and warm but not hot. (You can do this in a small saucepan or just microwave it) Once it is warm, drizzle on top of figs.
- Serve warm!