I think this is my lucky week. After yesterday’s pan-fried tofu success, I was inspired to make something else. I was digging into fridge to see what we have on hand and came across a packet of fresh figs. The fridge had swallowed them after I bought them a couple of weeks ago and I had forgotten all about them. I hate when that happens and usually “forgetting” results in throwing out the long forgotten vegetable/ fruit.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the figs were perfectly ripe and ready to eat. Sweet and aromatic. I ate a couple of them as is while pondering over what to make with them.
I had seen figs wrapped in bacon or prosciutto but since I didn’t have either on hand, I paired it with goat cheese ( another classic combination) and made it into a bruschetta.
Within minutes, the bread was toasted, goat cheese spread, figs halved and topped with honey and pistachios for an added crunch. And within minutes it was devoured. Vipul hates figs. He ate the most. Devoured is the right word. They were that good! Really. I kid you not.
This is going to be my signature appetizer going forward. Simple ingredients and simple recipe. And extremely versatile. Don’t have goat cheese on hand? Use paneer, ricotta, quark or even strained greek yogurt. Don’t like figs or they are not in season? Grilled peaches, pineapples or even kumquats would fit the bill perfectly. You can skip the honey if you like. A drizzle of balsamic reduction or some fresh mint ribbons would be great too.
It can be made ahead and can be easily scaled up for a party or a potluck.
I am gonna make this again soon. This time with cherries ( if I can find them in Hyderabad).
Goat Cheese and Figs Bruschetta Recipe
- Quartered Sandwich Bread slices or diagonal baguette slices – 8 pieces
- Goat cheese -1/3 – 1/2 cup at room temperature
- Ripe figs – 4 halved
- Honey – 2 tablespoons
- Pistachios – 8 – 10 , shelled and coarsely chopped
1. Toast the bread in a toaster or in a skillet. If using sandwich bread, slice after toasting.
2. Spread goat cheese on the toast generously. Place the toasts on a serving platter.
3. Balance a fig half on top of the cheese on each toast piece.
4. Drizzle honey on all the figs. Sprinkle pistachios on figs.