This fig with goat cheese appetizer recipe is a perfect delicacy to serve at weddings and other gatherings that have a crisp atmosphere of summer or spring. The lemon zest, red wine and honey combination provides a tantalizing flavor that enhances the juicy sweetness of the figs.
Preparing The Fig With Goat Cheese Appetizer Recipe
This delightful treat can be made to look like a masterpiece if you follow these few tips. When mixing the thyme, lemon zest, garlic and goat cheese, do so gently. This is so that you will not bruise the herbs and zest very much. Herbs are a delicate flora that bruises easily, which can impart an unsightly color, and even flavor, over time.
You will want to store your mixture for at least 8 hours, yet more time will allow the flavor to intensify. I like to leave my blue cheese mixture for a full 24 hours. This seems to impart the most flavor to suit my tastes.
When cutting your figs, you will want to use a knife that is very sharp. Fig is a delicate fruit that has a skin that tears easily if you use a knife that is too dull. You do not want to press on the fruit as you are cutting it, as this will make it ugly & unsightly. By using a sharp knife, you will ensure that the cuts are straight and even. This will ensure that your figs are not squished into an unsightly mass.
When pressing the goat cheese mix into the figs, you will certainly want to use a very small spoon. I find a baby spoon is the perfect size for this. It’s small enough to reach into the fig, yet large enough to spoon just enough mixture for intense flavor. There are some baby spoons that are made of plastic, these are very affordable and work great for this!
Fig With Goat Cheese Appetizer
- 4 Ounces Goat Cheese
- 1 Teaspoon Thyme Fresh, crushed
- 2 Ounces Prosciutto
- 1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Zest
- 1/8 Teaspoon Garlic Fresh, minced
- 20 Figs Fresh
- 5 Tablespoons Honey
- 1/4 Cup Red Wine Dry
- 4 or 5 Tablespoons Walnuts Chopped
- 20 Sprigs Thyme Small pieces with a few leaves each.
- In a small bowl, mix the thyme, lemon zest, garlic and goat cheese thoroughly. Cover the cheese and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, to give the flavors time to blend.
- Rinse the figs and dry them.
- Cut a cross cut from the top to the bottom, to quarter them, leaving the quarters still attached at the very bottom.
- With a small spoon, press a tiny amount of the goat cheese into the cuts in each fig.
- Tear of a small morsel of prosciutto and press this into the cheese.
- Place a few pieces of walnuts on top of each fig, and decorate with a tiny sprig of thyme.
- Mix the red win and honey, and drizzle this atop the figs.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes before serving.