This intensely flavorful combo of tangy goat cheese, caramelized onions and sherry-steeped figs is always a hit. And you will love how easy it is to prepare and that it can be made the day before your event. Serve this fig and goat cheese bruschetta as an appetizer at your next dinner party or holiday gathering and watch everyone swoon.
There's nothing like an insanely delicious appetizer to ignite the party spirit. Flavorful finger foods like Mini Caprese Skewers or Devils on Horseback, or my quick and easy Goat cheese Dressed For A Party always do the trick. Everyone gets super excited about these tasty before-dinner bites. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother with the main dish!
The Best Party Food Recipe
I'm a collector of great party food recipes and this fig and goat cheese appetizer ticks off all my boxes:
- An easy, no-fail recipe. You know this appetizer will be delicious every time.
- Prep can be done up to a day ahead. You've got to love a make-ahead party dish.
- Made with easy to source dried mission figs and other common, easy-to-find ingredients.
- Small bites with huge flavor - just what you want an appetizer to be.
- Figs are unique, delicious and nutritious and dried figs are available year round
- Can be self serve or pre-assembled, passed hors d'oeuvres or stationary.
- Excellent appetizer for large gatherings – one batch of this recipe feeds a big crowd.
Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Here's an overview of the recipe with photos. For exact amounts and printable directions, scroll down to the recipe card.
Gather these ingredients:
- Goat cheese in log form
- Dried mission figs
- Yellow onions
- Fresh Rosemary
- Dry sherry
- Olive oil, salt and pepper
- Toasted bread, crostini, crackers or endive leaves for serving
How to make it
- Slice the figs and put them into a small pot with dry sherry and water over high heat. Once the liquids come to a boil, remove the pot from the heat and leave the figs to steep in the hot sherry until they plump up.
- Meanwhile, slice the onions, chop the garlic and sauté them both in olive oil, along with the rosemary sprigs, until they are golden brown and caramelized.
- Drain the figs and stir them into the caramelized onion mixture.
- Stuff the goat logs into an oven-proof casserole/serving dish, chopping up the goat cheese log so it's evenly distributed in the casserole.
- Heap the fig and onion mixture on top of the goat cheese.
- Pop the casserole into the oven at 350ºF and bake it for 20 minutes until the cheese is hot and creamy.
How can I make this appetizer ahead of time?
I love that this dish can be prepared the day before the party. You can get all the slicing, dicing, sautéing and kitchen clean up out of the way well ahead of your event.
Put the goat cheese into a casserole dish, using an oven-safe serving dish if possible. Prepare the fig and onion mixture, let it cool, and heap it on top of the goat cheese. Cover the baking dish tightly with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge overnight.
Let it come to room temperature for a half hour or so and pop it in the oven 20 minutes before your guests arrive. When the party starts, it will be warm and ready to enjoy.
If you're assembling crostini for the party, make sure you toast the bread ahead of time, and give yourself an additional 15 minutes or so to spread the fig and goat cheese topping on the bread and set it all up on a serving plate. Rosemary sprigs make a lovely garnish for serving.
Do you want additional dishes for your party? You can browse through all of our Appetizer Recipes here.
If you make this fig and goat cheese bruschetta recipe, I hope you'll come back to leave a star rating and a comment. I'd love to know what you think.Print
This post was first published on November 10, 2012. It was updated on September 8, 2023 with new photos that illustrate the cooking process, clearer instructions in the recipe, and added instructions for how to toast bread to make the crostini for bruschetta.