If you are looking for an easy and elegant appetizer, you will love these baked figs with honey and pistachios! Ripe figs are topped with dollops of creamy blue cheese and goat cheese and baked until just melted, then generously topped with pistachios and drizzled with honey.
There is a short window when fresh figs are in season, towards the end of summer and at the brisk of fall. And as soon as figs are ripe, I happily buy my weight them them for as long as I can.
Usually, I like to make roasted figs with red wine and rosemary which happens to be tantastic with some Greek yogurt or labneh cheese. But when I need a quick, festive and gorgeous appetizer, I make baked figs with honey and pistachios.
Stuffed Figs with Goat Cheese, An Impressive and Easy Appetizer
If you are looking for a stunning and easy appetizer, look no further, because these stuffed figs will be enjoyed by all!
- Fresh Figs: Use a variety of different figs for color contrast.
- Blue Cheese: Roquefort and St. Agur are creamy and slightly salty blue cheese options that go very well with the sweet honey and figs.
- Whipped Goat Cheese: You can also add crumbled goat cheese but if you want to take the extra step, blend some goat cheese with a splash of lemon juice and honey and blend until creamy.
- Pistachios: Unsalted chopped pistachios are added after the figs are baked.
- Honey: Drizzled over the stuffed figs at the very end.
How to Make Stuffed Figs
Ripe figs are cut in half and topped with crumbled of blue cheese and whipped goat cheese.
You can use either one or both cheeses, like in this recipe.
The figs are baked just to melt the cheese ever so slightly, then topped with chopped pistachios and a good drizzle of honey.
How to Pick Ripe Figs
Here are a few tips on picking and buying figs. Look for figs that are smooth on the outside with no obvious bruises or tears.
Figs should be soft but not mushy. The softer the figs, the riper and sweeter they will be.
Really ripe figs will start to expel their natural juices at the bottom of the fig and those will be very sweet.
If you are growing figs, leave them on the tree for as long as possible, since figs won’t ripen once picked.
Tips and Substitutions
- Substitute chopped walnuts for the pistachios.
- Instead of honey, a drizzle of balsamic or even pomegranate molasses would be delicious.
- For a pop of brightness, garnish with lemon zest.
More Appetizers to Try
- Savory Herb and Cheese Rugelach
- Loaded Hummus
- Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms
- Queso Stuffed Padron Peppers with Romesco
- Roasted Mushroom Crostini with Wine and Herbs
Baked Figs with Honey and Pistachios
- 8-10 Fresh figs but in half
- 2-4 ounces Blue cheese such as Roquefort
- Whipped goat cheese (recipe below)
- 1/4 cup Chopped pistachios
- Honey for drizzling
Whipped Goat Cheese
- 2 ouces Goat cheese
- 1-2 tablespoons Cream cheese
- 1-2 tablespoons Heavy whipping cream or milk
- 1 teaspoon Honey
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and arrange cut figs on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Top half of the figs with crumbles of blue cheese and other half with a teaspoon dollop of whipped goat cheese.
- Drizzle everything with olive oil and place in the oven to bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese just begins to melt.
- Once done, remove from oven and sprinkle chopped pistachios over the figs and a drizzle of honey.
Whipped Goat Cheese
- Place goat cheese, cream cheese, heavy cream and honey in a small food processor and blend until smooth.
- Add more milk or cream if needed until thick and creamy.