Sweet and Salty Stuffed Figs

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(Note: this post was originally published on November 3, 2019. The date above reflects migration to the new platform.)

Appetizer Dreams

Help, I think I have a major fig obsession! I've always loved them, but have gotten seriously out of control this fall. I've been making fig everything, including many variations of these sweet and salty stuffed figs.

In my opinion, the key to a truly addicting appetizer is the balance of sweet and salty, as well as the balance of fresh and fatty. And don't forget the crunch! Those things are what makes a bite like this so intriguing that you want to keep going back for more.

In this post, I'll walk you though the central components that I think these Sweet and Salty Stuffed Figs need to be truly addicting and well-balanced. Then I'll give some example flavor profiles and photos to get you started. But this concept is really a blank canvas, so I suggest using these ideas as a starting point and bringing your own spin to them. You can have such fun with this idea, so be creative and choose whatever ingredients you love most and whatever flavors you think will best complement your meal.

Platter of figs stuffed with goat cheese, pistachios, honey, and mint

Preparation & Components

My formula for stuffed figs has become as follows. I recommend sticking to these categories for a well-balanced bite. On top of your figs, you'll want:

  1. Something creamy and fatty
  2. Something crunchy
  3. Something sweet and sticky
  4. Something with a big flavor pop

Good news! These cute little two-bite treats are really easy to put together. Just slice the figs in half and lay your wonderful accompaniments on top. They come together in a flash. I don't suggest preparing these more than an hour ahead of time, but they're so easy it hardly matters.

Platter of figs stuffed with cheddar, apples, walnuts, maple syrup, and thyme

Examples

Here are some examples to get you started. Note that you can easily make these vegan by using a plant-based cheese or cream cheese, or even using avocado instead!

Example #1

These beauties are vaguely middle-eastern inspired. Corresponding to my "required" components above, they contain:

  • Creamy/fatty: goat cheese whipped with honey
  • Crunchy: pistachios
  • Sweet/sticky: drizzle of honey
  • Flavor pop: small mint leaf

Platter of figs stuffed with goat cheese, pistachios, honey, and mint

Example #2

This version is perfect for a holiday appetizer! These seasonal nibbles contain:

  • Creamy/fatty: feta
  • Crunchy: pecans
  • Sweet/sticky: drizzle of goats' milk bourbon caramel sauce
  • Flavor pop: fresh cranberries

Platter of figs stuffed with feta, pecans, caramel, and cranberries

Example #3

This show-stopping version is inspired by the flavors of Vermont. These tasty treats contain:

  • Creamy/fatty: Vermont sharp cheddar
  • Crunchy: apple slices and walnuts
  • Sweet/sticky: drizzle of Vermont maple syrup
  • Flavor pop: thyme

Platter of figs stuffed with cheddar, apples, walnuts, maple syrup, and thyme

Closing Thoughts

You can really take this idea anywhere. You can theme them by season, region, or in whatever way you can dream up. You can make just a couple for a date night dinner, or a whole tray of them for a party. You can make just a single type, or a couple different types. You could even make a dessert version using some nut butter as the creamy element and some crunchy dark chocolate!

Regardless of how you enjoy them, they'll make for a lovely appetizer or treat for any meal during fig season. I could even see these being on your Thanksgiving table. I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

Stuffing figs with goat cheese

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It makes me so happy to hear from you and see your creations! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this recipe. If you post a photo on Instagram, hashtag #TheRogueBrusselSprout and tag me (@TheRogueBrusselSprout) in the post text so that I'm sure to see it.

Suggested Pairings

Figgy Thyme Gin Fizz

Spicy Ginger Sweet Potato Dip

Roasted Brussel Sprout Waldorf Salad

Raw Fall Salad with Lemon-Pistachio Dukkah

Apple Cider Donut Oat Flour Cake

Sweet and Salty Stuffed Figs

These Sweet and Salty Stuffed Figs are my favorite fall and holiday appetizer! They're special and decadent, yet come together in minutes, plus you can vary the flavors infinitely to match your meal.

Author:
Lee

Ingredients

Instructions

Since this "recipe" is really more of a concept, refer to the examples in the blog post. You can use those as a jumping off point to create your own unique flavor profile!

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SUZ
November 29, 2021
SO MANY GREAT IDEAS FOR FIGS! I ESPECIALLY LOVE THE CHEESE-NUT COMBOS YOU’VE USED HERE. THESE WOULD ALL MAKE BEAUTIFUL DESSERTS, TOO, WITH SUCH PRETTY PRESENTATIONS! HAVE YOU EVER TRIED ROASTING ANY OF THESE STUFFED FIGS WHEN YOU’VE MADE THEM AS APPETIZERS? I THINK THAT ANY ONE OF THE THESE WOULD BE SO GOOD WITH THE CHEESE SLIGHTLY MELTED! THANKS FOR THE GREAT IDEAS!
Lee
November 29, 2021
Suz- Great question about the roasting! The answer is sort of. I've done these before with grilled fig halves; the result is totally delicious but a bit messier. But I haven't tried roasting the whole thing. That's GENIUS and I'm definitely excited to experiment. Thank YOU for the great idea!
Hannah
October 27, 2021
Oooh! I love this idea. Number one is perfect for my annual fall gathering - I think I'll swap the mint with pomegranate seeds for a pop of sour!