This and blue cheese bites appetizer is easy to make and so full of flavor! In fact, the only cooking you'll do is toasting the pecans! We're always looking for simple recipes that are easy to pull together.
When impromptu guests arrive, serve this amazing appetizer along with this goat cheese crostini, this cream cheese and red pepper jelly appetizer, and these tomato tarts for the perfect small bites with cocktails or a glass of wine.
Why This recipe Works
The part about no cooking? That works for me! It's just one of the reasons I love this easy appetizer.
Figs and blue cheese are a perfect pairing, and when you combine them with pecans, fresh thyme, and honey, it's such a delicious treat!
No forks needed! These delicious fig appetizers are one bite wonders!
What You Need to Make Them
You can make this impressive appetizer with just four ingredients.
Fresh figs - this luscious fruit has a natural sweetness that pairs so well with cheese. The two varieties of figs we get are Brown Turkey and Black Mission figs.
Blue Brie cheese - we love the combination of the blue and the brie. This creamy cheese goes so well with the figs.
Pecans - bringing little crunch to this fig appetizer.
How To Make Them
Gently wash the figs and dry. Cut off both ends of each fig and cut in half.
Lightly toast pecans in a warm pan over low heat until just golden.
In a small bowl, gently stir the cheese with salt and pepper. Don't over stir.
Place pieces of cheese on each fig. The cheese should not completely cover the fig half. Shape it down the middle so you can see the pretty color of the outside edges of the fig.
Press fig and cheese lightly into bowl of chopped pecans.
Add a glistening drizzle of honey.
Optional: Sprinkle fresh thyme over this delicious fig appetizer. You could also serve this with fresh baguette slices.
Fresh figs are very delicate and don't last long after purchasing, so you'll want to use them within a couple of days.
If you have a fig that won't sit up nicely when serving, slice just a tiny bit of the bottom off to make it flat.
If you don't care for blue brie, perhaps plain brie would have a flavor more to your liking. Soft goat cheese also goes well with fresh figs.
Fresh figs are wonderful on their own, in salads, in desserts like pie, or wrapped in prosciutto. You can even add fig slices to a pizza with goat cheese, a little olive oil, rosemary, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar glaze. We also like fig preserves.
Fig season is usually only 6 or 7 months, so get them while you can. You can usually find them in early summer through early fall.
Fresh figs are very perishable. I'd recommend eating them in the first 2-3 days of buying them. You don't know how long they were in transit or on the grocery store shelves, so eat up, and don't leave them out at room temperature.
Fig Appetizer with Blue Brie Cheese
- 6 fresh figs
- 4 ounces blue brie cheese
- ¼ C pecans
- 1 T honey
- ½ T fresh thyme
- Gently wash the figs and dry. Cut off both ends and cut in half.
- Lightly toast pecans in a warm pan over low heat until just golden.
- Gently stir the cheese with salt and pepper. Don't over stir.
- Place pieces of cheese on each fig. The cheese should not completely cover the fig. Shape it down the middle so you can see the pretty color of the inside of the fresh fig.
- Press fig and cheese lightly into bowl of chopped pecans.
- Drizzle with honey.
- Sprinkle fresh thyme over the fig appetizer.
This recipe was first seen on Food, Fun & Faraway Places on December 14, 2014. Originally contributed by Jacqui McGovern from Your Best Friend's Kitchen, we've modified the recipe a bit and hope you enjoy it.