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Easy 15-minute Baked Figs with Goat Cheese, walnuts, honey and sage recipe. These roasted figs make for an easy appetizer your guests will love!

 

Easy 15-minute Baked Figs with Goat Cheese, walnuts, honey and sage recipe. These baked figs make for an elegant savory appetizer your guests will love!
 

Fig season has finally started and I couldn’t be happier! Even though it means that summer is almost over (which is hard to believe yet, because the weather is awesome), I’m really enjoying the abundance of apples, corn, stone fruits, eggplants, pears and of course figs. Soon we’ll turn into comfort food, so I’ll make my favorite vegan mushroom crostini. But for now, I get as much figs as I can.

 

The fig season is short, so make sure you got enough! Besides eating them raw or making open-faced sandwiches with figs and cheese, I like to bake them with goat cheese. Lusciously sweet, chewy roasted figs with smooth skin and crunchy seeds pair so well with savory and soft goat cheese. Figs have a really unique taste and texture that no other fruit has.

 

They are perfect in sweet dishes, but also in savory ones, paired with cheese, walnuts, honey and sage. So, if you love figs, I have a baked figs recipe for you I’m sure you will love. I mean who doesn’t love figs and goat cheese, right?

 

Easy 15-minute Baked Figs with Goat Cheese, walnuts, honey and sage recipe. These baked figs make for an elegant savory appetizer your guests will love!

 

This simple appetizer highlights the fig flavor in a very elegant way. It’s incredibly delicious and pretty, which makes it a party pleaser and a nice accompaniment for wine. Besides, this recipe comes together within minutes and requires just five simple ingredients: figs, goat cheese, honey, walnuts and sage.

 

Easy 15-minute Baked Figs with Goat Cheese, walnuts, honey and sage recipe. These baked figs make for an elegant savory appetizer your guests will love!

 

How to Choose Perfectly Ripe Figs

 

Figs are very fragile, so they are not stored for long. Choose figs with slightly bent stems weary skin, which is a sign of ripeness and rich flavor. Avoid buying shrunken and squishy figs, especially if they are oozing from splits. Plan on eating them right away or store them in the fridge for a couple of days, although they are stored best at room temperature.

 

Easy 15-minute Baked Figs with Goat Cheese, walnuts, honey and sage recipe. These baked figs make for an elegant savory appetizer your guests will love!

 

How to Make Baked Figs with Goat Cheese

 

First, cut off the stems and make an X cut in the top of each fig half way through. Now we are going to stuff them with soft goat cheese using a teaspoon. When you are done with that, sprinkle some chopped walnuts and sage on your stuffed figs and drizzle with honey. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

I used Le Creuset rectangular baking dish for this recipe and it was just the right size.

Broil the figs in a hot oven for about 5 minutes or until they look soft and release juice. You can serve these baked figs warm or cold. They are delicious both ways.

 

Easy 15-minute Baked Figs with Goat Cheese, walnuts, honey and sage recipe. These baked figs make for an elegant savory appetizer your guests will love!

 

What to Pair Figs with:

 

  1. Try to substitute goat cheese with ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella or blue cheeses like Gorgonzola or Stilton;
  2. Adding capers or olives highlights the sweet taste of figs and adds an extra savory note;
  3. A drizzle of lemon juice over figs will add a tangy touch to your figs;
  4. If not vegetarian, try wrapping figs in prosciutto ham and bake;
  5. Balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction pairs nicely with figs;
  6. Try using almonds, pistachios, pine seeds or pecans instead of walnuts;
  7. Substitute sage for rosemary, thyme or basil;
  8. Try adding warm spices like star anise, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg or cinnamon;
  9. Serve figs as an addition to your cheese plate and don’t forget the wine! 😉

 

Easy 15-minute Baked Figs with Goat Cheese, walnuts, honey and sage recipe. These baked figs make for an elegant savory appetizer your guests will love!

What wine pairs well with figs?

When it comes to pairing wine with fresh or roasted figs, the good thing is that there is a wide choice. You can go with red wine, white wine, rosé or even Prosecco.

If you like white wine, the most universal choice to pair roasted figs with would be light-bodied Pinot Grigio or dry Riesling. Refreshing fruity citrus aroma will highlight the delicate flavors of baked figs with goat cheese.

As for red wines, I recommend Chianti, Shiraz or Pinot Noir. Their light and crisp flavors compliment the roasted figs without overpowering them.

Baked Figs with Goat Cheese Recipe Video

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Please see the full recipe below for exact ingredient amounts and instructions. Enjoy it on your next party or dinner gathering!

 

 
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Baked Figs with Goat Cheese

Easy 15-minute Baked Figs with Goat Cheese, walnuts, honey and sage recipe. These baked figs make for an elegant savory appetizer your guests will love!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine European
Keyword baked figs, cheese appetizer, figs with goat cheese, gourmet appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 286kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 medium-sized figs
  • 80 grams or 2.8 oz soft goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon chopped sage
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200 °C or 390 °F. Cut off the stems and make an X cut in the top of each fig half way through.
  • Stuff the figs with soft goat cheese using a teaspoon. Sprinkle some chopped walnuts and sage over your stuffed figs and drizzle them with honey. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. I used Le Creuset rectangular baking dish for this recipe and it was just the right size.
  • Broil for about 5 minutes or until they look soft and release juice. Serve them warm or cold with a glass of wine. Enjoy!

Notes

Here are some more ideas on what to pair figs with:
  1. Try to substitute goat cheese with ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella or blue cheeses like Gorgonzola or Stilton;
  2. Adding capers or olives highlights the sweet taste of figs and adds an extra savory note;
  3. A drizzle of lemon juice over figs will add a tangy touch to your figs;
  4. If not vegetarian, try wrapping figs in prosciutto ham and bake;
  5. Balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction pairs nicely with figs;
  6. Try using almonds, pistachios or pecans instead of walnuts;
  7. Substitute sage for rosemary, thyme or basil;
  8. Try adding warm spices like star anise, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg or cinnamon;
  9. Serve figs as an addition to your cheese plate and don't forget the wine!

Nutrition

Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 392mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 625IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 1.9mg
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Irene

Monday 19th of October 2020

I also love all the fall offerings, and figs in particular. Your recipe sounds so delicious and the stuffed and garnished figs look so elegant!

Chrissi

Friday 15th of May 2020

Tried this with what I had on hand... Figs, feta, crushed almonds, origanum. Delicious! Thank you for the idea.

Elena Szeliga

Saturday 16th of May 2020

So glad you enjoyed the figs, Chrissi!

Carol

Sunday 21st of October 2018

Made this last night as a starter for guests and wow! They were absolutely delicious! I added some crispy parma ham and a tbsp of balsamic with the honey.

Elena Szeliga

Sunday 21st of October 2018

I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe Carol! Thank you so much for your kind feedback!

Diane

Tuesday 16th of October 2018

Would these work with brie instead of blue cheese? If I made them, it would be for friends in the neighborhood, one of whom is allergic or sensitive to goat cheese.

Elena Szeliga

Wednesday 17th of October 2018

Hi Diane, you can totally go for it! Another idea would be to make this baked brie and use chopped figs instead of cranberries.

Janet

Wednesday 22nd of August 2018

Will make tomorrow - but says oven to 390F & then broil them. Which is it - hottish oven or broiler?

Elena Szeliga

Saturday 25th of August 2018

Hi Janet, if you have your broiler separated from your oven, use the broiler. Mine is combined, that's the reason I wrote to preheat the oven to high. Hope that helps!

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