Easy Appetizer Recipes Using Dried Figs and Goat Cheese

Easy Appetizer Recipes Using Figs and Goat Cheese

When I was shopping for Christmas Eve dinner, I spied a tempting display of organic dried fruits. I succumbed to the call of black mission figs, and brought home a large bag. When the time came for holiday entertaining, I turned to the figs.

Several months ago, I’d read a recipe for fig and olive tapenade. I love tapenade, a Provençal paste of black olives, anchovies, capers, herbs, garlic, lemon, and olive oil, so decided to pair it with my bounty of figs. Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember where I’d read about fig tapenade, a distressing complication of owning too many cookbooks.

I did find a few online recipes for tapenade with figs, but either the ingredient list or procedure didn’t appeal to me, so I created my own version. I started with a basic tapenade, left out the anchovies, and added figs and a healthy dose of wild thyme. The verdict: delicious!

[UPDATE July 2012: Since writing this, eatyourbooks.com has come into existence. Eatyourbooks is a subscription indexing service for cookbooks. I don’t know how I ever lived without it. I just checked my library on eatyourbooks for fig tapenade and the site found 7 recipes – all different than mine.

I made my version last week for a very large wedding reception, and served it two ways, both of which were quite popular: plain in a bowl with good crackers and as part of a canape served on trays. The canape had a base of toasted baguette, a layer of Garlicky Goat Cheese, then a layer of Fig Tapenade, topped with a thin slice of radish, and garnished with fresh chives.]

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11 Responses to Easy Appetizer Recipes Using Dried Figs and Goat Cheese

  1. Laurie, Happy New Year!

    This is a fantastic dip…the ingredients here work…shopping list amended!

  2. Oh yum! These all look delicious!

  3. Figs, thyme, olive, garlic hmmmmmm! All yummy! So delicious, and just a ReaL wave from Mediterranean!

    Adding this to my “trying” list, and do it at fresh fig season 🙂

  4. I skipped the detail… So this sepread is made of dried figs… Hmm good news then 😀

  5. Thanks Peter. I’ll bet your shoppping list is a doozy!

    Elly, so nice of you to say so! Happy New Year!

    Bal, glad you figured out you could make it now!

  6. They both sound so good I want to crawl right through the cables and get some!
    I would be in big trouble with these…and a baguette…

  7. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    This sounds so freaking good!

  8. The fig tapenade sounds delicious! I’m always seeking new flavours, am definitely going to try this out 🙂

  9. The fig tapenade sounds really good. Sweet figs, olives, lemon and garlic…mmm…

  10. these look really good I may try one this weekend.

  11. Katie, that’s why I make it to bring to parties — I couldn’t be trusted if I were home alone with the Fig Tapenade.

    Thanks Jenn! You’re always so kind!

    Kaykat, I’m glad you like it. I’d love to hear if you try it what you think!

    MMMm-mmmmm, Kevin, almost as good as your food!

    Shayne, I’d also love to hear back if you make it – I’m always curious how things turn out for other people.

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