It’s fig season! These sweet gems are in season twice a year for a very short period, early summer and late summer/early fall. Fresh figs are so versatile — I like to use them to create effortless fig appetizers, 0n cheese boards, atop of my breakfast yogurt, or in desserts. This fruit ripens pretty quickly, so have an idea of what texture to look for when you’re in the grocery store — this article goes into everything you need to know about fresh figs and is very helpful.
This fresh fig appetizer is literally four ingredients, takes about 5 minutes to put together, looks so elegant when plated AND is so delicious. Fresh figs, prosciutto, goat cheese and balsamic vinegar are a heavenly ensemble, the flavors work together so well. This simple recipe might be the most effortless fig appetizer out there. If you need more fresh fig inspiration, Bon Appetit has a slew of delicious fresh fig recipes.
Prosciutto, goat cheese + fig appetizer
-4-6 oz. soft goat cheese
-10 fresh figs, cut in half (should be ripe, but not extremely soft)
-3oz. container of prosciutto, prosciutto pieces cut in half
-Aged balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze
- TRIM: Trim the very tip top of the figs, leaving the step shape, but removing the hard end. Cut figs in half length wise.
- CHEESE: Add about 1/2 – 1 tablespoon of goat cheese in the middle bottom portion of the fig (amount of goat cheese depends on preference).
- WRAP: Take a 1/2 piece of prosciutto and wrap it around the middle-bottom section of the fig, around the goat cheese. If you want, you can cut the 1/2 slice into another half so they are thin strips, and wrap those around the fig so the fig is fully wrapped. Try to leave the top part of the fig visible, with the goat cheese peeking out — it adds for a pretty presentation.
- FINISH+ PLATE: Drizzle some aged balsamic on the figs before plating, then plate the figs. If you are using a thicker balsamic glaze, you can plate the figs first and steadily drizzle the balsamic glaze over the top in a zig zag patter.
That’s it! This is really the most easy fig appetizer. Feel free to view the video below to see how simple this is to make!