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Fig Crostini with Goat Cheese

Fig crostini with goat cheese and caramelized onions make for an easy appetizer perfect for the heat of summer!

Fig crostini with goat cheese and caramelized onions make for an easy appetizer perfect for the heat of summer!
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I’ve never been so in touch with super-seasonal food as when I moved to Italy. You no kidding cannot find certain produce if it’s not being harvested within 50 miles of you at that moment.

The advantage of this is FLAVOR. Vegetables are packed with more flavor than I’ve ever tasted.

It also means that you learn to eagerly anticipate the moment when things come into season. And right now, it’s figs!

Fig crostini with goat cheese and caramelized onions make for an easy appetizer perfect for the heat of summer!
Fig crostini with goat cheese and caramelized onions make for an easy appetizer perfect for the heat of summer!

Figs are delicious straight off the tree. You can just pop them in your mouth as a snack or dessert for a perfect bite of sweetness.

I wanted to put together a sweet and tangy appetizer with figs. Something with little to no cooking, because it’s too hot for that mess right now. And here’s what I came up with!

These fig crostini topped with goat cheese and caramelized onion are delicious and so easy! They’re perfect as an appetizer or light lunch. The tang of the goat cheese and smokiness of the onions round out the sweetness of the figs.

Pair with an Hugo spritz for the perfect Italian apertivo!

Fig crostini with goat cheese and caramelized onions make for an easy appetizer perfect for the heat of summer!
Fig crostini with goat cheese and caramelized onions make for an easy appetizer perfect for the heat of summer!

If you’re like me and trying not to use heat whenever you can help it, use a toaster or a grill the bread. I like the grill better, but toaster means almost no additional heat in the house, so your call.

My love of caramelized onions is no secret. They’re a great thing to make every so often and put on everything for that week – sandwiches, burgers, side dishes, whatever! They add a great smoky-sweet flavor layer.

These were the first figs of summer here in Italy, meaning I didn’t get to pick their size. This time, these babies were HUGE! Normally I prefer smaller ones, where you can cut them in slices and pop them straight on. But if you get giant ones, just cut them into chunks.

They’ll come together in five minutes for a perfect little appetizer bite!

Fig crostini with goat cheese and caramelized onions make for an easy appetizer perfect for the heat of summer!
Fig crostini with goat cheese and caramelized onions make for an easy appetizer perfect for the heat of summer!
Fig crostini with goat cheese and caramelized onions make for an easy appetizer perfect for the heat of summer!

Tools you’ll need: knife, cutting board.

Fig Crostini with Goat Cheese

Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: fruit, good for groups, Summer, vegetarian
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette
  • 4 oz goat cheese (114 g)
  • 4 oz figs 2 large or 6 small
  • cup caramelized onions (about 2 large onions)

Instructions

  • Slice the baguette on the bias (diagonally) and either grill or toast them.
  • While they're cooling, cut the figs into bite-sized slices or chunks.
  • To assemble the crostini, spread a layer of goat cheese on the bread. Sprinkle generously with caramelized onions and top with figs.
Fig crostini with goat cheese and caramelized onions make for an easy appetizer perfect for the heat of summer!

What are your favorite summer fruits? Do you make dishes with it or devour it as soon as it gets into the kitchen?

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