This Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini with Truffle Honey is perfect for entertaining even the pickiest guest. The crostini can easily be prepared in advance, for a simple and quick assembly just before your guests arrive.
Fresh figs are only around for a short period in time, near the end of summer. They are wonderful to use in appetizers, salads and desserts. Fresh figs also make great jams or chutneys. If you can get your hands on some fresh figs this time of year, I highly recommend you do so.
Fresh figs and dried figs have very different flavors and textures. If you think you are not much of a fig fan, and you've never had a fresh fig...you may want to try some fresh figs. Dried figs are very sweet and chewy. While fresh figs are slightly sweet, mildly acid and offer a nice fresh, seed- like crunchy texture, similar to very small poppyseeds. Fresh figs are unlike anything else, and you'll love them in this dish.
This Fresh Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini with Truffle Honey is easy to prepare while offering an incredible "wow" factor your guests will love. This recipe only consists of a few ingredients and with the minimal effort needed for the preparation, you can put more energy into other parts of your meal, decorations or even yourself.
Tips for serving these Fresh Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini with Truffle Honey
*Plan on serving about 3 -4 toasts per person. More or less depending on the appetite of your crowd.
*You can prep the toast portion of the recipe a few hours in advance and leave them sealed in a tight container or plastic ziplock.
*Depending on where you live, figs are usually available for a short window sometime between July - October.
*Use a soft spreading and mild goat cheese for this recipe. Let the cheese come to room temperature before slathering it on the toasts. (I like Silver Goat from Trader Joe's)
*Truffle honey can be found in the cheese section at gourmet and specialty grocery stores. Or you can find it online here.
*If you can't find truffle honey you can mix a little truffle oil with honey. (3 tablespoons of honey to 1 tablespoon of truffle oil. (Truffle oil is also available at most specialty stores or online here) This works perfectly if you can't find truffle honey.
*If you aren't a fan of truffles you can skip the truffle and use plain honey instead.
Fresh Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini with Truffle Honey
- 10 Fresh Figs
- 1 Baguette
- 1 Cup Goat Cheese
- 2 tablespoon Truffle Honey *see note if you can't find truffle honey
- 3 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon Fresh Thyme *optional
- 1 teaspoon Salt
To make the toasts:
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Slice the baguette at a 45° angle into slices about ¼ inch thickLine a baking sheet with the sliced baguette in an even layer.Drizzle the sliced baguette with olive oil and sprinkle with a little finishing salt.
- Bake the toasts in the oven on the center rack for 5 minutes
- After 5 minutes remove the toasts from the oven and immediately flip each toast over.
- Then bake toasts another 5 minutesRemove from oven and let rest another 5 minutes before topping.
Topping the Crostini
- Evenly spread one tablespoon of goat cheese on each toast
- Wash and slice figs into ⅛" slices as shown in the photo
- Top the goat cheese with 3 - 4 slices of fig (depending on the size of your toast)
- Lay the crostini on a platter, drizzle with the truffle honey and sprinkle with fresh thyme and serve!