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Fig Canapés, Revisited

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June 16th, 2008 · Print Print

You want to know who is annoying?  Me.

Because for the past five months, since roughly mid-January, every time I went into a reasonably well-stocked grocery store, I immediately asked a salesperson, “do you have fresh figs?”

The answer was inevitably, “no, it’s January/February/March/April/May.  Check back in a few months.”

But now it is June.  And it was 95 degrees outside for most of last week.  And I am developing sore feet from walking everywhere in flip flops, and my tomato plants have little green tomatoes growing on them, and I am getting slightly tan, and it is finally really summer.

And, most importantly, now I don’t need to ask whether each and every grocer carries figs.  Because I can see them, right there on the shelf, just waiting to be bought.

So I am revisiting those Fig and Goat Cheese Canapés that I posted in February.  For two reasons, really.  First, because those pictures were really pretty awful (I am so grateful for the 23 of you who lied through your teeth and told me they looked tasty, despite the photos).  And second, because those canapés are no longer the “Best. Food. Ever.”

Because really, could figs from a jar ever beat those elusive, delicate, impossibly delicious fresh figs?

I used gorgonzola this time, as well as a drizzle of honey.  These do not get any simpler, and you can probably tell how much I adore them.  If you can’t, just ask any grocer in Manhattan.

Fig Canapés, Revisited

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 baguette
4 fresh figs
1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese, crubmled
1/4 cup honey

DIRECTIONS:
Slice baguette into 1/2″ slices and toast them lightly.  Slice each fig into 4-6 slices, depending on the size of the fig.  Place one fig slice on each piece of baguette, top with about 1 tbsp crumbled gorgonzola cheese.  Drizzle about 1 tsp of honey over each slice.  Serve.

Makes about 20 canapes.



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Tags: appetizers · food



24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kitt // Jun 16, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Could anything be simpler?  (Except for the months of shopping part.) I’d like a plateful, please.

  • 2 holler // Jun 16, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Oh Yum, what a treat! I am going to love these!

  • 3 VeggieGirl // Jun 16, 2008 at 10:23 am

    You’re sooo lucky to have access to fresh figs right now – I can’t even find DRIED figs here yet, let alone fresh ones!!

  • 4 Elle // Jun 16, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    I still think the other photos were really good, even though the fresh figs in these knock my socks off.  I can’t tell you enough how delicious these look, Katy!  What a simple thing to put together!  I’ll be on the lookout for figs around here.  they’re hard to find, unless you know where to look.

  • 5 sue bette // Jun 16, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    looks like a tasty little bite!! I have been on the lookout for figs as well so I am excited to hear the season is starting!

  • 6 katy // Jun 16, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    thanks everyone!  you guys are right, these are incredibly simple, but so yummy!  the fig season is definitely starting, but be wary!  i found some less expensive figs in my grocery store for a lower price ($5 for a small carton) and they were nowhere near the same quality as the ones i found in the gourmet stores.  Make sure there are no mushy spots on the figs you’re buying!  It’s worth paying more for good ones.

  • 7 Ann // Jun 16, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    I LOVE figs. Love, love, love them. And these little canapes look perfect.

  • 8 Rachel@fairycakeheaven // Jun 16, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    ooo lovely and so so simple, am thinking a nice light summer lunch on Sunday!!!

  • 9 Christie @ fig&cherry // Jun 16, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Figs are the best (hence my blog name!). My fav way to serve them is to cut a cross in the top and stuff with ricotta and a little piece of dark chocolate. Then grill until the chocolate melts – heaven!

  • 10 Brad Mease // Jun 16, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    This is what summer is all about, cheese and fruit!

  • 11 cookinpanda // Jun 16, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    So delicious and so simple.  I love honey with cheese, and these figs look fabulous.

  • 12 Susan // Jun 16, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    I actually have a little fig tree!  I am going to give this a try…sounds delish! And Christie @ fig& cherry…writing your recipe in my book as well!

  • 13 katy // Jun 17, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Christie — That sounds incredible!  I will definitely try it!

    Susan — A fig tree?  Are you kidding me?  Are you perhaps in need of new neighbors?

  • 14 Judith // Jun 17, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Those look fantastic!  The combination is perfect.  Too bad I’ve never been able to find a fresh fig… I’ve always wondered what they taste like.  (Found you via FG, btw).

  • 15 My Sweet & Saucy // Jun 18, 2008 at 12:10 am

    I love these!  The perfect appetizer if you ask me!

  • 16 Kristen // Jun 18, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Sounds like a great dish for a “welcome home from Germany and China” party (hint hint).  :)

  • 17 Jaime // Jun 18, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    i’ve never had fresh figs before, can you believe that? now you make me feel like i am missing out on something…

  • 18 White On Rice Couple // Jun 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Wish you were closer Katy, we’d pass on some of our figs from to tree to ya!
    I could eat these canape’s….actually, a whole of these…any day! Are ya having a party any time soon? Save a plate of these for me, will ya? :)

  • 19 White On Rice Couple // Jun 22, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Oops, I meant “our tree”. See what ya did to me? I love figs…I’m shaking…can’t type.

  • 20 desiree // Jul 2, 2008 at 10:14 am

    these look wonderful. definitely trying at next get-together. thanks for the wonderful photos too!

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  • 23 Lesley V. // Jan 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    looks great! I just got a great (and pretty easy)baguette recipe from King Arthur and it will be perfect for this!  Thanks for the idea, I have a friend that had a fig themed party so anytime I see something with figs I forward on to her! I just got fig balsamic ving, cant wait to try it! go figs! lol

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