The figs on my new fig tree are ripening so I celebrated by making this quick and easy fresh fig appetizer with goat cheese and nuts as a mid-afternoon snack. I had almost given up on my tree earlier this spring. It looked as dead as a doorknob so I figured it had succumbed to the cold snap we had in January. But late in May it suddenly showed some tiny sprouts and now look at it!
Figs are delicate little things. They don’t keep well and should be eaten either immediately or kept refrigerated at eaten within 2-3 days. You will know they are ripe when they start to droop from the branch and feel slightly soft. In the photo above you can see that the two on the right are ready to be picked. I polished off the first one with about three slurpy bites. You can occasionally find fresh figs in local stores or at farmer’s markets. If you are lucky enough to spot a roadside stand, screech to a halt. Last summer I chanced upon a stand with two little boys selling their figs at the end of their driveway. Score!
Fresh Figs with Goat Cheese and Toasted Hazelnuts
One fig yields about 4 slices
- fresh figs
- goat cheese
- toasted chopped hazelnuts
- balsamic reduction
Carefully slice the figs and lay out on a serving plate. Top with a little goat cheese (or blue cheese), drizzle with a tiny bit of balsamic reduction and sprinkle with toasted, chopped hazelnuts. Serve immediately, preferably with a glass of crisp, chilled Prosecco. Enjoy.
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