Figs!!! It’s been months since I’ve seen them local and when I see them in our local stores, I know it’s time for the best tasting figs. I bought some yesterday with no plans of how I was going to eat them. I ate a few, just because I couldn’t wait, then I decided on the standby recipe.
This is how I like them — cheese, walnuts, honey, and of course, toasted baguette! Far too often, I can’t think of anything for appetizers when people come over and I find myself searching for something easy.
What I like about this one, even though the fig is the star, you can make a thinly sliced apple the star, or blueberries. There are so many fruits that pair well with walnuts, cream cheese, and honey…and pretty much everyone likes them.
So, what are these like nutritionally?
- Bread: If you’re pretty active, the carbs will be a welcome treat to replace your muscle glycogen.
- Cream Cheese: No redeeming nutritional qualities other than it’s dang delicious.
- Walnuts: Okay, these are a keeper in your nutrition arsenal. Protein, fiber, magnesium, and omega- fatty acids!
- Figs: Another winner — vitamins K and A, calcium, and fiber. Figs are a superb way to get your fiber in.
- Honey: A little sweetness pulls it all together.
10, 1/2″ baguette slices
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2.5 tablespoons plain cream cheese
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
2 large figs, sliced into 5 slices
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon chopped chives (optional)
Preheat oven to 450°F and line a baking sheet with foil
Place baguette slices on baking sheet and brush with olive oil
Bake for 5 minutes or until toasty brown
Remove from oven and let cool slightly
Spread approximately 1 teaspoon cream on each baguette slice
Top with chopped pecans, fig slice, and drizzle with honey
Optional: Sprinkle chopped chives on the top