During the warm summer months I find it more difficult to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Meals are often quick and light. Lately Erik and I have enjoyed a couple small bite dishes with a glass of wine. It’s been the perfect way to end the day.
The simplicity of this recipe really allows the fig to take center stage. I also found that lightly roasting the figs brought out their flavor more and made them pretty much melt in the mouth.
Fig and Goat Cheese Cristoni:
- 1 baguette, cut into 1/2 inch slices
- Olive oil
- Fresh figs, sliced into strips, about 3 per fig*
- 8 oz organic high quality goat cheese
- Good quality balsamic vinegar for drizzling
- Heat oven to 425. Brush bread slices with olive oil. Toast bread for a few minutes on each side, until crispy on edges but still slightly soft in center.
- Remove bread and place fig slices on baking sheet. Roast for about 5-7 minutes.
- While roasting figs, spread goat cheese on warm bread slices.
- Remove figs, allow to cool for a couple of minutes then place on top of bread. Drizzle with balsamic. Serve and enjoy!
*amount of figs depends on how many bread pieces you prepare. I used about 1 fig per 2 slices.
**This is not really something that you can save for later. Serve right away and don’t plan on having leftovers