A little sweet, salty, creamy goat cheese crostini with figs, pistachios, and basil...Ready in 15 minutes!

Fig and Pistachio on top of Goat Cheese Crostini

Growing up near the shores of the Mediterranean, I can't say that I celebrated figs much as a child. I enjoyed them immensely, of course, but because they were quite available--at a lower cost--I never really missed them.

The story is different today. Now I await with anticipation the first signs of figs in the Atlanta markets. I am willing to pay more for the honeyed fruit, and I spend the short weeks of fig season feasting on their fleshy goodness.

Platter containing Fig Pistachio Goat Cheese Crostinis ready to be served

Admittedly, ripe, sweet figs do not require much dressing up.  They make a great snack on their own, or as part of a Mediterranean mezze platter like this one. But in the presence of goat cheese, goat cheese crostini with fresh figs seemed like an obvious appetizer choice.

I decided to lightly whip the goat cheese up with crushed pistachios and walnuts for texture, and torn basil leaves for a subtle fresh and peppery flavor. A hint of molasses highlights the sweetness of the fresh figs here; you can use honey instead if you like. Toasted French baguette slices work best for bruschetta and crostini. They make the perfect bite-sized carrier, or you can use larger pieces of toast to make more of a tartine version of these goat cheese crostini.

Here is the step by step for today's easy goat cheese crostini

(Scroll down for ingredients and print-friendly recipe)

Preheat the broiler on high and adjust the rack to 6 inches below the element.

Ingredients for Crostini laid out on a table
Brush the baguette slices with olive oil on both sides. Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet. Broil briefly until the top is golden brown and toasted (about 2-3 minutes). Watch the bread slices carefully in the oven (I burned the first batch of bread!) Remove from the oven, but keep the broiler on for later.

Slices of bread browned under broiler
In a bowl, combine the goat cheese, crushed pistachios and walnuts, molasses, basil leaves, salt and pepper. Mix well with a spoon until the goat cheese mixture is well combined.

Ingredients for Crostini added to a bowl to be mixed together

Ingredients blended together in a bowl
Spread a generous amount of the goat cheese mixture on top of each toasted baguette slice, then top each with a slice of fig.

Goat cheese mixture added to bread slices and fig added to top of goat cheese blend
Return the crostini to the oven. Broil for another 3-4 minutes until the goat cheese has melted and browned around the edges. The figs will soften some more and gain a little color. Remove from the oven and turn the broiler off.

Assembled Crostini placed under broiler and browned

When cool enough to handle, transfer the goat cheese crostini to a serving platter. Drizzle with more molasses and garnish with more fresh basil, if you like. Enjoy!

Plate of Fig Pistachio Goat Cheese Crostini served next to platter

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Fig Pistachio Goat Cheese Crostini | The Mediterranean Dish. A Mediterranean style goat cheese corstini recipe with pistachios, walnut, basil, figs and a touch of molasses. An easy and impressive appetizer! See it on TheMediterraneanDish.com

Fig Pistachio Goat Cheese Crostini


Description

A little sweet, salty, creamy goat cheese crostini with figs, pistachios, and basil...Ready in 15 minutes!


Ingredients

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  • 10 slices baguette
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 oz goat cheese at room temperature
  • ¼ cup shelled pistachios, crushed
  • ¼ cup walnut hearts, crushed
  • 2 tbsp molasses, more for later
  • 20 basil leaves, torn, more for garnish
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 5 ripe mission figs, halved

Instructions

  1. Preheat the broiler on high and adjust the rack to 6 inches below the element.
  2. Brush the baguette slices with olive oil on both sides. Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet. Broil briefly until the top is golden brown and toasted (about 2-3 minutes). Remove from the oven, but keep the broiler on for later.
  3. In a bowl, combine the goat cheese, crushed pistachios and walnuts, molasses, basil leaves, salt and pepper. Mix well with a spoon until the goat cheese mixture is well combined.
  4. Spread a generous amount of the goat cheese mixture on top of each toasted baguette slice, then top each with a slice of fig.
  5. When cool enough to handle, transfer the goat cheese crostini to a serving platter. Drizzle with molasses and garnish with more fresh basil, if you like. Enjoy warm or at room temperature!
  6. Return the crostini to the oven. Broil for another 3-4 minutes until the goat cheese has melted and browned around the edges. The figs will soften some more and gain a little color. Remove from the oven and turn the broiler off.

Notes

  • If fresh figs are not available, dried mission figs will work well in this recipe.
  • Recommended for this Recipe: Our r Greek extra virgin olive oil (from organically grown and processed Koroneiki olives!)
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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Crostini, Fig, Pistachio, Goat Cheese, Fig and goat cheese appetizer

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