Crostini with Figs and Goat Cheese, Drizzled with a Balsamic Reduction

Crostini with Figs, and Goat Cheese Drizzled with a Balsamic Reduction

Do you ever feel like you could have at least one more appetizer to serve your guests, but just don’t have the time to whip another one out?  This recipe is so simple, even your kids can put it together. Whether you serve this as an appetizer or with brunch, it’s certain to disappear quickly. With simply 6 ingredients you can have this mouth-watering appetizer ready in a flash.

Here’s how………….

Crostini with Figs, and Goat Cheese, Drizzled with a Balsamic Reduction

This recipe is so delicious and takes no time at all. Prepare your balsamic reduction ahead of time along with crostini. Then simply dress the baguette slices and your ready to serve in 10 minutes or less!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Loaf Whole Grain Baguette, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt or kosher salt
  • fresh ripe figs, sliced
  • 1 (8 oz.) log Goat Cheese
  • 1 Bottle Balsamic Vinegar (to reduce)

Directions:

  1. Balsamic Reduction:  Using 1 cup or a full bottle of basic balsamic vinegar, pour into a heavy bottom pot; leave uncovered .  Bring to a low boil, then reduce to a simmer and allow to reduce by half or until thickened.  Allow to cool. Once cool, pour into a squeeze bottle with tip or cover bottle to keep fresh until ready to use.
  2. Place whole grain baguette slices on a foil lined sheet pan and brush one side with extra-virgin olive.  Lightly sprinkle with salt.
  3. Place baguettes into a preheated 425F degree oven for approximately 20 minutes or until bread slices are golden brown or to your liking.  Remove and allow to cool. (Can be done ahead of time and placed into zip lock baggie until ready to use).
  4. To Serve: Set baguette slices on a platter.  Cut 1/4-inch slices of goat cheese to place on each baguette.  Set 1/4-inch slices of fresh figs on top of goat cheese, then drizzle with balsamic reduction.  Enjoy and watch as they quickly disappear!

 

Note:

  • Balsamic Reduction can be stored in a pantry typically for up to a 1 1/2- 2 years.  (Check bottle for expiration date.)
  • Be sure figs are ripe - soft to the touch, not firm!
  • Balsamic Reduction makes a nice gift for the holidays!

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16 comments

  1. Figs and goat cheese really are such a wonderful pairing. And add balsamic? Heaven! This is terrific — thanks.

  2. Vicki, you must have known that I just bought some fresh figs. These crostini look heavenly.

  3. These crostinis look delicious Vicki…just recently I got some fresh figs…and I sure enjoyed it. Next time I must try this recipe…
    Thanks for the post…hope you are enjoying your week 😀

  4. Those figs look so delicious, full of lovely bursting flavour!
    This reduction as well, it all makes this crostini look classy and lovely!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  5. What a beautiful appetizer, Vicki! I love fresh figs and the balsamic reduction is the perfect topping to these lovelies.

  6. A lovely appetizer, Vicki! I will eat anything with fresh figs…looks fabulous!

    • I know I love figs as well. It’s funny, so many people turn their noses up to them without ever trying them, just because of the way they look prior to slicing. Once sliced it’s a whole different story.

  7. Looks soooooooo tasty! I crave your crostini!

  8. I shouldn’t have passed on those figs in the market last week…but I didn’t have a recipe in mind. Till now! What a wonderful starter, Vicki!

  9. Oh I definitely need to find some fresh figs! I love fig season just for delicious little bites like this. Well done Vicki!

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