The simple combination of figs, goat cheese, and honey come together for a decadent appetizer, snack, or even dessert.
This is one of the wonderful “no-recipe” recipes that rely on the freshest flavors from perfectly ripe produce.
Where the recipe came from
Figs with goat cheese are one of the classic appetizers that my grandfather serves. My grandparents are the people who have happy hour every day at 5 o’clock. Other frequent items on the menu: multiple types of cheese, whitefish salad, pesto tart, and tomato toasts.
How to find good figs
Figs have two growing seasons: a short time in late spring and a longer season in the fall. Fig trees are happiest in warm climates, so here in New Jersey, finding good figs can be challenging, but not impossible. My neighbor has had delicious figs growing in their backyard for years!
My recommendation is always to look at your local farmers market. I got these figs at Sara’s Produce stand at the Collingswood Farmer’s Market, which supplies only produce out of season or not grown in South Jersey.
When shopping, look for soft, plump figs with a bit of bend at the stem. Fresh black mission figs can be green or brown and will turn a rich brown color when they are fully ripe.
As with shopping for any produce, check for natural things like if the figs were picked too early (they’ll be green rock hard), mold, any oozing splits.
How to make figs with goat cheese
This recipe includes only four simple steps:
- Trim the tough stem and bottom off the figs and slice each in half.
- Top with a bit of goat cheese.
- Drizzle with honey.
- Sprinkle with salt.
Figs with Goat Cheese
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- 6 fresh black mission figs
- 3 oz goat cheese
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt
- Trim the tough stem and bottom off of each fig, then slice in half.
- On the cut side of each fig, dollop 1/2 oz of goat cheese.
- Drizzle each fig with honey and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
If your honey is too thick to drizzle, place it in the microwave for just five seconds.