Fig Crostini are as simple as it gets: Chopped fresh figs (any variety works nicely here) get tossed with a bit of balsamic vinegar and black pepper, and then topped with cheese, if you like. Like so many simple concoctions, however, they taste like so much more than the sum of their parts. Or, rather, just they taste so good you don't want to add anything else that might muck things up.
Note: While the fig mixture can be prepared in advance, and the bread can be toasted ahead of time, for the best results, don't top the crostini until ready to serve.
- 6 figs
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 12 long thin slices of baguette or other bread
- 12 Tablespoons fresh goat cheese or crumbled blue cheese (optional)
- Rinse the figs clean and pat them dry. Trim off any excess stem ends from them and chop the figs. Put the chopped figs in a medium bowl and toss with the vinegar, pepper, and salt. Let the figs sit for at least 15 minutes and up to an hour to let flavors blend.
- Meanwhile, lightly toast the baguette slices, if you like.
- Taste the fig mixture and adjust seasoning to taste.
- If using goat cheese, spread about 1 tablespoon on each baguette slice. Top each with an even amount of the fig mixture. If using blue cheese, dot it on top of the figs. Serve right away so the texture of the toasts isn't compromised.
If you like this, you may like these other Quick Fig Recipes.