Updated: 9th July 2024. Don’t let the simple ingredients fool you!  Warm Figs with Goat Cheese, Pistachios, and Balsamic Glaze is a taste sensation in every bite.  The sweet, fresh figs and creamy goat cheese are the perfect duo, but it’s the pistachios that add a fun and unexpected crunch.  A drizzle of balsamic glaze adds an extra touch of sweet and tangy flavor.

Pouring balsamic glaze over a fresh fig

Fig season is upon us, and this recipe is a true celebration of those sweet, juicy fruits! It’s a versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a simple appetizer or even a unique savory dessert.

Have you ever tried the magic combination of black Mission figs with tangy goat cheese? The contrast between the sweetness of the figs and the creamy richness of a soft goat cheese is quite irresistible.

This is not a baked figs recipe, but they are warmed a little under the broiler (oven grill for my U.K. friends) which helps to also warm the goat cheese and it browns a little just to increase the flavor and taste better warm or room temperature.

Browned goat cheese inside a fig

Fig Varieties

The most popular types of figs are black Mission, Brown Turkey (which look similar) and green skinned figs like Adriatic and Kadota. Any of these common fig types can be used for this recipe.

A selection of fresh figs with 1 sliced in half showing the delicious center

Choosing the Perfect Fig

For the most delicious flavor, using ripe figs is essential. Here’s how to tell if yours are ready to enjoy:

  • The Gentle Squeeze:  Give your figs a light squeeze. Ripe figs will have a slight give, but shouldn’t feel mushy. You don’t want overly squishy figs.
  • Look and Feel:  Ripe figs will have a plump and slightly wrinkled appearance.  They should also feel soft to the touch, but not bruised.

Balsamic Glaze: A Versatile Sweet and Tangy Sauce

Balsamic vinegar is a pantry staple, but its uses extend far beyond salad dressings!  Here’s where balsamic glaze comes in: a magical ingredient made by simmering balsamic vinegar until it thickens into a rich, syrupy sauce.

It can be used as a marinade (as I did for my Balsamic Rosemary Roasted Pork Tenderloin). It’s perfect as a finishing sauce, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze adds a touch of sophistication to my Grilled Flatbread with Figs, Prosciutto and Arugula.

Roasted pistachios inside a fresh fig with goat cheese

Balsamic Glaze Hack

If you don’t want to take the time to make your own balsamic glaze, there are many high-quality store-bought options available

The Many Ways to Enjoy Figs with Goat Cheese

  • Appetizer Perfection: Serve them whole, like in this photo, for an elegant and impressive presentation. Their upright posture makes them easy to pick up and enjoy.
  • Sliced and Diced: For a more casual approach, slice the figs in half (as pictured below). This format works beautifully in salads, adding a delightful burst of sweetness and contrasting textures.
Halved figs topped with goat cheese, pistachio nuts and balsamic glaze

Not a Fan of Goat Cheese? No Problem!

While the classic combination is goat cheese and figs, this recipe is all about flexibility. Here are some delicious substitutions to create your perfect bite:

  • Spread the Love:  Cream cheese offers a milder and tangier alternative, while blue cheese adds a bold and funky kick.
  • Sweeten the Deal:  Want to enhance the natural sweetness of the figs?  A drizzle of honey or maple syrup adds a touch of floral or mapley goodness.
  • Nutty Variations:  While pistachios are a classic choice, feel free to explore other chopped nuts like walnuts, pecans, or pine nuts. Each nut adds its own unique flavor profile, so have fun experimenting!

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Yield: 4

Warm Figs with Goat Cheese, Pistachios and Balsamic Glaze

Warm figs with goat cheese, pistachios and balsamic glaze

Warm figs with goat cheese, pistachios and balsamic glaze. Fresh figs are cut open with goat cheese and pistachios placed inside. They are then baked until warm and come served drizzled with balsamic glaze.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (236 ml) good balsamic vinegar
  • 12 ripe figs, washed
  • 12 teaspoons goat cheese
  • ¼ cup (26 grams) shelled pistachios, roasted, unsalted

Instructions

  1. Add the balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until it simmers. Reduce heat to a low simmer for about 10-15 minutes until it starts to thicken. Turn off the heat, add to a small bowl to cool.
  2. Position oven rack to the upper part of the oven, preheat broiler/oven grill.
  3. Remove the stem of the figs. Cut a deep 'X' on the top ¾ of the way down (without cutting all the way to the bottom) and open slightly. Make sure they can all stand-up on their own. If not, trim a little off the bottom to make them flat.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of goat cheese into the center of the figs. If they are on the small side, you may need less.
  5. Broil/oven grill the figs for about 5 minutes or until the cheese starts to bubble and brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and top with pistachios and drizzle with the balsamic glaze. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 152Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 7mgSodium 68mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 4gSugar 25gProtein 4g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.

Grilled Flatbread with Figs, Prosciutto and Arugula