Baked figs filled goat cheese are easy appetizer for summer parties or special occasions. Melted goat cheese with roasted walnuts and sprinkle of mini basil will ignite your taste buds.
You will love this appetizer. These baked figs are full of sweet and savoury flavours. Little crunch from roasted walnuts and small drizzle with honey will make this appetizer melt in your mouth.
My first experience with figs was in Greece, when we were vacationing on the island of Crete. There we had the chance to taste fresh figs straight from the tree. Figs straight from the tree are far more sweet and delicious, then figs from the supermarket. So if you would have a chance to taste fresh figs straight from the tree, don’t hesitate!
Easy appetizer done in 15 minutes
What makes this baked figs appetizer so fun, is that it’s done nearly in 15 minutes. So you can prepare it right at the time your guests will be arriving. Everybody loves watching a little cooking show. So if you want to impress your guests, prepare the baked figs, right in front of their eyes.
- fresh figs
- soft goat cheese
- walnuts or other nuts
- fresh mini basil
- salt & pepper
- small baking dish
How to make baked figs with goat cheese
Cut the figs. First wash the figs and cut of the stems. Cut the figs with X cut in the middle of the fig. But do not cut through.
Fill the figs. Spoon the goat cheese smoothly inside the ripe fig. Place filled figs onto buttered baking dish. Chop walnuts and sprinkle them over the filled figs. Drizzle the honey over the figs and season with salt and pepper lightly. Sprinkle with mini basil.
Bake the figs. Preheat the oven to 350F / 177 C and place the baking dish in the middle of the oven. Bake for 5-10 minutes. Keep an eye on the figs, so they don’t burn or over bake.
Serve the figs. Serve the figs immediately with piece of baguette.
- Cheese. Don’t like goat cheese? No problem, you can use any other soft cheese. Try ricotta, feta or brie cheese, also cottage cheese will work wonderfully in baked figs.
- Nuts. If you are not a big fan of walnuts, you can chop almonds, pecans or any kind of seeds. Sunflowers seeds or pumpkin seeds works well.
- Herbs. There is many other herbs you can pair with figs. Try rosemary or sage.
- Sweet figs. If you would like to have the figs sweeter, you can sprinkle them with brown sugar.
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BAKED FIGS FILLED WITH GOAT CHEESE
- small baking dish
- 10 figs
- 200 g 1/2 cup goat cheese
- 10-15 walnuts roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 stash mini basil
- pinch salt to season
- pinch pepper to season
- Wash and dry the figs, before manipulating with them.
- Remove the stem on the figs and cut an X in figs, but go only until three quarters.
- Fill each fig with 1 teaspoon of creamy goat cheese. Do so gently, because overripe figs tend to tear apart.
- Drizzle with honey, season with salt and pepper.
- At the end add few mini leaves from basil and add some chopped walnuts.
- Bake in baking dish in preheated oven on 350F/177 C for 5-10 minutes.
- Serve warm with baguette and good white wine.
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