This Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini is an easy make-ahead appetizer. Sweet soft figs with a hint of citrus on toasted crostini topped with creamy goat cheese.
This Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini is simply uncomplicated goodness on a tiny piece of toast.
Fig and goat cheese crostini: my "go-to" appetizer! This goat cheese crostini with fig compote is made with sweet dried figs with a hint of orange, thinly spread over a warm toasted baguette, topped with fresh goat cheese and a sprinkle of chives or green onions. So delicious!
Always a hit! I've made this one several times, and it is good at any time of the year. It has been raved about just as much at summer barbecues as it has at holiday parties.
Sweet and salty. Sweet soft figs and salty goat cheese.
Here's what you'll need to make this absolutely delicious finger food:
Ingredients for Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini Appetizers
orange liqueur: like Triple Sec or Gran Marnier (optional)
goat cheese: a soft creamy variety
olive oil: for brushing on the baguette slices
green onions or chives: for garnish
How to serve goat cheese crostini
Use a gluten-free cracker or bread, if you like, or try it on a thin slice of firm pear. Just make sure the pear is thick enough to support all that yummy figgy/Gran Marnier/goat cheesy goodness on top.
Can I make this ahead of time?
Wait. There's more. Here's the best part: the fig paste or compote can be made well in advance and stored in the fridge where it will keep for a week or two. Bingo. You're all organized.
If you love that sweet and salty ying/yang as much as I do, you'll probably like this Roasted Grape and Goat Cheese Crostini too. Check out my other crostini recipes and see my Ultimate Guide to Make Crostini Appetizers.
Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini
- 1 cup (12) dried figs, stems removed and quartered
- ¾ cup orange juice
- ½ cup water
- 2 teaspoon grated orange zest
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 tablespoon orange liqueur such as Gran Marnier or Triple Sec(optional)
- 5 ounces fresh goat cheese , at room temperature
- 24 slices baguette, sliced on a sharp diagonal
- extra virgin olive oil for brushing on the baguette
- 1 green onion, scallion, or chives, thinly sliced
- Place the chopped dried figs, orange juice, water, orange zest and salt in a saucepan. Simmer over low heat until the figs are soft and only about 2 tablespoons of the liquid remains, 20 to 30 minutes. If the mixture gets dry, add water to keep it moist.
- Cool the mixture, add a little orange flavoured liqueur and purée in a blender or food processor to make a paste. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush the baguette slices with a little olive oil. Toast the baguette slices for a few minutes until they are beginning to crisp. Remove from the oven to cool slightly.
- Spread the fig paste on the crostini, then top with about ½ tablespoon goat cheese. Sprinkle with freshly chopped green onions or chives and serve.
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