Figs are one of my favorite things, ever. During fig season, I can't walk past them without immediately buying them and eating one during the car ride home. They're so beautiful and have that earthy sweetness that makes my knees weak. Actually, the weak knees may be from having a syringe full of gel put into them on Friday. Let's just say it's from the figs though. Let's face it, figs are just downright sexy.
What is more elegant and stunning than fresh figs? I doubt such a thing exists, but this combination comes pretty close. Figs stuffed with goat cheese and topped with a touch of rosemary, a kiss of black pepper, and the smallest drizzle of honey.
No only is this combination completely delicious, this may just be the easiest appetizer ever.
It makes an equally stunning appetizer for a posh dinner party, an intimate dinner with your partner, or just a nice elegant snack for yourself. It only takes about 2 minutes to put together but it looks impressive. And it tastes divine.
Fresh Figs with Rosemary, Goat Cheese, and Honey
Yields 6 fig appetizers
6 fresh figs, quartered but not cut through
2 Tbsp. high quality fresh goat cheese (splurge on the good stuff here)
1/2 tsp. milk (or more depending on your cheese)
1 tsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
fresh cracked black pepper
1. Cut your figs. You want to cut them into quarters but not cut all the way through. Slice in one direction gently until you are about 1/4 inch from the bottom of the fig. Do the same in the other direction (it should look like an "X" ). Gently open the fig so it blossoms.
2. Mix goat cheese and milk together, starting with less milk. You want to make a thick cream, use your judgment here. It only took me a quick splash of milk since I was using very fresh goat cheese that is super creamy.
3. Put a small dollop of goat cheese in the middle of the fig using the tip of a spoon. (Amount depends on the size of the fig but probably around 1-2 tsp.)
4. Sprinkle a very small amount of fresh cracked black pepper and fresh rosemary over the goat cheese.
5. Drizzle a small amount of honey over the fig and cheese. You can add a bit more honey if you want a sweeter fig (or perhaps a dessert) but be careful not to make the fig a sticky mess.
6. Top with a very, very small sprinkle of sea salt.