This Fresh Fig Appetizer with Blue Cheese and Hazelnuts is an easy, elegant finger food that you can make in less than 5 minutes! Fresh sweet figs, tangy blue cheese, toasted hazelnuts and a drizzle of balsamic glaze make a delicious bite!
If you have a fig tree, you know the problem you have at this time of year.
Figs ripen all at once. And fresh figs don't keep very long like apples do.
If you love figs, that probably doesn't seem like such a problem. And, to be truthful, I haven't let it become a problem either. I've been devouring them as if there is no tomorrow. I adore those juicy bites.
Ripe figs literally drip with sweet nectar when you pluck them from a branch. Sometimes you have to battle the wasps for them. And when you bite into one and let it dribble down your chin, it's sheer, sweet natural bliss.
Today I used a few freshly picked Brown Turkey Figs to make this simple fresh fig appetizer with blue cheese and hazelnuts. I didn't grill the figs, as some recipes suggest. Fresh from the tree, they didn't need caramelizing to heighten their flavour. Mine were large, so I quartered them, pressed some blue cheese crumbles on top, sprinkled them with toasted hazelnuts (and I think pecans or walnuts would be divine, too) and then drizzled them with a little balsamic glaze for a bit of acid.
And there they were, ready for happy hour, which in our home, now that we are fighting cancer, is always non-alcoholic! These are a special treat, rich and much more sophisticated than our usual cheese and crackers.
This recipe is hardly that--it's more of an invitation to seek fresh figs when you see them in your local markets and experiment with different recipes to enjoy them!
Try them as this simple Fresh Fig Appetizer with Blue Cheese and Hazelnuts, OR
try these Fresh Figs with Goat Cheese and Honey, Fresh Figs with Goat Cheese and Maple Walnuts. Add them to a salad, as I did in this Fresh Fig Arugula Salad with Blackberries or Balsamic Glazed Chicken Salad with Fresh Figs. And don't miss my favourite way to enjoy figs: Fresh Figs Poached in Blackberry Wine.
Fresh Fig Appetizer with Blue Cheese and Hazelnuts
- 4 fresh figs halved or quartered, if large
- 8 tsp blue cheese
- 8 tsp hazelnuts finely chopped and toasted
- 2 tsp balsamic reduction
- Wash and trim stem ends of figs. Slice in half through the stem, or cut in quarters if they are large.
- Press 1/2 teaspoon blue cheese on to each fig half, top with 1/2 tsp toasted hazelnuts, and drizzle with a little balsamic reduction. Serve immediately.
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