Fig Gruyere Crostini
I first ate these out-of-the-ordinary Fig Gruyere Crostini when a friend served them at our book club. Gooey Swiss cheese, salty blue cheese along with fig spread, honey, and rosemary created an amazing, unforgettable appetizer!
These Cheese Toasts are perfect for any gathering from a New Year’s Eve gathering to a Book Club meeting!
Why You Must Make
- It’s an easy, yet unique and delicious appetizer!
- Finger foods are perfect for casual get-togethers.
- Fresh figs are not needed so this crostini recipe can be made all year long.
We planned to have cocktails and appetizers with some friends before setting out to a nearby sausage festival for dinner. The weather was not cooperating. It seems that monsoon season had hit Indiana in August! We gathered for drinks, wondering whether we’d actually get dinner that night. But knowing my friends, I figured there would be a lovely spread. I decided to make these Fig Gruyere Crostini to share.
I emailed the friend to request the recipe and it just happened to come from an extremely talented food blogger, Heidi of Foodie Crush. I was going to use some apricot jam to shake things up, but after reading through the recipe, I decided it was pretty much perfect as written. I did toast my baguette slices first, but that was my only adaptation.
- Kitchen Staples – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Baguette – You’ll only need half. Slice ¼-inches thick on the diagonal. You can freeze the leftover half as long as you wrap it airtight, though the crust may lose its texture after freezing and thawing.
- Gruyere Cheese – Shredded
- Blue Cheese – Crumbled
- Fig Spread – Dalmatia brand can be found at Whole Foods and some larger Target stores.
- Fresh Rosemary – Minced. Reserve some sprigs to garnish, if desired.
- Honey – Local honey can help with seasonal allergies, but any honey brand will work.
- Figs and Fresh Rosemary – To garnish your appetizer platter, optional.
- You can either make your own baguette toasts or buy them. I prefer making them since they take only a baguette and olive oil and will taste better and fresher than what you can purchase.
- Make these crostini so they’re fresh out of the oven when your guests arrive. They taste best when the cheese is still gooey.
- Garnish your serving dish with fresh rosemary and figs, if they’re in season.
An Elegant Fig Appetizer
The list of ingredients may seem a bit odd at first. A sharp cheese, a pungent, salty cheese, sweet honey and fig spread, and an assertive herb all married deliciously!! Since fig season has arrived I located some gorgeous black fig to garnish my serving dish, then we head out for the night.
The picky hubby awarded these Fig Gruyere Crostini his seal of approval and they were devoured by our friends. There even came a request for the recipe the following morning. Yup, you’ll want to add these to the menu for your next gathering! And it’s a bonus if you can find some fresh figs for your crostini platter!
Frequently Asked Questions
Figs are a fruit with soft flesh and numerous edible seeds. They were brought to North America by the Spanish Franciscan missionaries who settled in Southern California. The season for Mission figs is from June through October.
Figs are very perishable and should be used soon after you buy them. Store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
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- ½ baguette, sliced on the diagonal ¼-inch thick (I had about 21 slices)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 ½ cups shredded Gruyere cheese
- ¼ cup blue cheese crumbles
- Fig spread
- 1 teaspoon minced rosemary
- Figs and fresh rosemary to garnish, optional
- Preheat oven to 350º. Line a sheet pan with parchment.
- Brush baguette slices with olive oil. Bake for 6 minutes, then flip, brush the other side with olive oil, and bake for about 6 more minutes.
- Set aside to cool.
- Preheat oven to 400º.
- Divide the shredded Gruyere over the top of the baguette slices. Then top with the blue cheese. Place about a teaspoon of the fig spread over each toast.
- Bake for about 5 minutes until the cheese is melted.
- Remove from the oven. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with rosemary.
Making your own crostini toasts will taste best, but if you have access to premade toasts, they will work.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 322mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 10g
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