This is a combination of several fresh fig appetizer recipes. The flavors of fresh figs, tangy goat cheese, salty almonds, sweet honey, and balsamic vinegar contrast to make these a delicious and very pretty appetizer. Arrange figs in a circle, tops facing in, for a flower effect and this will be a lovely addition to a bridal shower menu! If you can find Marcona almonds, use them! They are a Spanish almond that tastes like a cross between an almond and a cashew.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
3 mins
total:
18 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
24 appetizers
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven broiler for high heat.

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  • Place the fig halves, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Top each half with about 1/2 teaspoon goat cheese. Place one almond on each, press to push the cheese slightly into each fig.

  • Broil the figs in the preheated oven until the cheese is soft and the almonds are turning a rich shade of brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the broiler and let cool for 5 minutes. Arrange the figs on a serving platter and drizzle with honey and balsamic vinegar. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

91 calories; protein 2.9g 6% DV; carbohydrates 11.9g 4% DV; fat 4.2g 6% DV; cholesterol 7.5mg 3% DV; sodium 49.5mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2007
I used dried, pitted figs instead of fresh, and sprinkled pre-sliced almonds on top, and it was still absolutely tremendous! Plus, it was only a matter of minutes to prepare and a breeze to serve. This will definitely be a new "go to" recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/04/2011
These were just ok for me and my party-goers. You must really love fig to be a fan of these. I liked the concept but found the fig texture to be somewhat off-putting as did my guests. The warm fig as a cracker was just sort of odd and unappealing. I would make these again but I would make a fig spread instead and layer the remaining ingredients atop crostinis. I also used a balsamic vinegar glaze instead of straight balsamic vinegar which people liked. Read More
(7)
65 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 49
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2007
I used dried, pitted figs instead of fresh, and sprinkled pre-sliced almonds on top, and it was still absolutely tremendous! Plus, it was only a matter of minutes to prepare and a breeze to serve. This will definitely be a new "go to" recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2008
made tonight . loved them. used feta instead of goat, due to price at grocery store. Feta less expensive. thank you! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2007
Don't plan on this recipe before you find out if figs are in season. I used dried but I'm sure they tasted nothing like they were suppose to. Who knew figs weren't available all the time.... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2010
OMG! these are amazing must try. Found this a couple months ago for some left over goat cheese I had in the fridge I have made them several times since then and I crave them often. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2008
This is simple and delicious. The only goat cheese I could find was sweetened - with honey. It all worked well together. I always sprout almonds before cooking with them - that is I wash and soak them in water and a dash of sea salt the night before then rinse before using. This makes the almonds creamier and tastier! Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
03/07/2008
I forgot to put use the balsamic vinegar on but I recieved complements on these "gourmet appetizer" at the wine and cheese party I brought these to! I also used plain goat cheese because that was what I could find. I will be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2010
Pretty dang good! Only reason I put it a four was my own fault.....couldnt find fresh figs so I had to use bagged prune style figs. Didnt look too pretty but still tasted amazing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2009
So easy! The figs are in season right now so this recipe was a timely find. I took these to a party and everyone was raving! Salted almonds work best. They travel well too! Now my favorite recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2008
Heavenly. Our tree produces very big figs so I needed more goat cheese. I had a Late Harvest Reisling Vinegar that I used in place of the Balsamic. So easy and just outstanding. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/04/2011
These were just ok for me and my party-goers. You must really love fig to be a fan of these. I liked the concept but found the fig texture to be somewhat off-putting as did my guests. The warm fig as a cracker was just sort of odd and unappealing. I would make these again but I would make a fig spread instead and layer the remaining ingredients atop crostinis. I also used a balsamic vinegar glaze instead of straight balsamic vinegar which people liked. Read More
(7)
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