Fig Toasties

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In one of the far corners of this Sunday’s Chicago Tribune, I found a recipe for something called fig toasties. It’s really just slices of sourdough toast slathered with French cheese and topped with delicious fresh figs that have been cooked in butter and balsamic vinegar. The hook for me was the fresh figs. But, alas, my local Mariano’s had run out of the sweet fruit, so I settled for a new jar of fig preserves. I couldn’t find the recipe’s Brillat Savarin, but I found a similar French, cow’s milk, triple-creme cheese as a substitute.

Fig Toasties
(adapted from The Chicago Tribune)

4 slices sourdough or other rustic bread
2 oz. ripe triple-creme cheese, such as Brillat Savarin, at room temperature
4 fresh ripe figs
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1 pinch crushed red pepper

1. Pop bread in the toaster and toast golden. Spread with cheese. Cut each slice into 3. Arrange on a serving tray.

2. Slice away bottom of each fig. Slice each fig crosswise into 3 circles.

3. Heat butter in a wide skillet over medium heat. Add fig slices in a single layer. Sizzle, shaking pan now and then, until pink flesh turns tan, about 1 minute per side. Drizzle on balsamic vinegar. Scatter on pepper. Sizzle until deeply colored, about 1 minute more per side.

4. Set one fig slice on each cheese toast.

Makes 12 servings

57 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Geraldine Saucier
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 18:45:41

    Looks delicious:) I could eat it for breakfast.

  2. Norma Chang
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 18:59:24

    Filing this away for next year when my figs are ready.

  3. cecilia
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 19:42:59

    This looks and sounds divine, no figs here either but i will look out for fig preserve, sounds great! c

  4. apuginthekitchen
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 19:50:10

    Oh love this, I have a real thing for figs and cheese. This sounds amazing.

  5. Cakelaw
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 19:53:22

    These look devine! The figs would be wonderful with icecream, I think.

  6. sara
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 20:09:12

    This looks AMAZING. Hope my grocery still has fresh figs this week – I need to make this!🙂

  7. Linda
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 20:32:33

    I believe I do have a jar of fig preserves! I love the simplicity; that recipe would have caught my attention too!

  8. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 20:34:45

    I love fig jam and cheese but I usually make a mini tart and fill it with blue cheese and fig jam. I love your toastie idea!

  9. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 20:47:42

    I love figs, so I have got to try these toasties!

  10. Betty
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 20:54:37

    My figs are gone now, but I think (I hope) my mom made some jam. This looks really good!🙂

  11. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 21:59:58

    its always the recipes that are so simple that are the best!

  12. Dimple@shivaaydelights
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 22:38:21

    Wow! I’m so going to try this out!🙂

  13. Three Well Beings
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 23:09:55

    This really is a great combination! I love figs in any form, and this just sings! Perfect with a nice cup of tea or a glass of wine.🙂

  14. Anita Menon
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 00:50:17

    Delightful to look at. I have tried this before and I keep changing the preserves and substitute cheese with salted butter. Yum!

  15. Alice
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 01:14:45

    Well thats cool! I totally pinned this one to try for myself!🙂

  16. saucygander
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 03:03:16

    Looks delicious! But I can also imagine fresh figs cooked in butter and balsamic would be pretty brilliant!

  17. Amelia
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 03:14:56

    Hi Yummychunklet, that’s look really delightful. 2 thumbs up for you.

    Have a nice day.

  18. Elizabeth Mars
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 05:39:25

    What an exceptional combination, figs and white cheese. Looking forward to the end of summer when I can try these.

  19. TrafficDiva
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 05:40:38

    This is would be a perfect brunch item. Pair this with a Preseco…PERFECTION!! =)

  20. dedy oktavianus pardede
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 07:22:49

    looks preety damn good!

  21. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 07:33:45

    Some neighbors came by and brought us a jar of fig preserves. Now I know how I will use them! Thanks.

  22. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 08:05:38

    Yum! Figs are such a great topping.

  23. markd60
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 09:14:22

    Looks good for breakfast!

  24. moderngirlnutrition
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 09:40:29

    Mmmmmm I adore anything fig🙂

  25. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 12:26:07

    This is so fun! Definitely trying!

  26. cakewhiz
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 12:27:14

    For something that looks so tasty, I am surprised this recipe was buried in the corner of the Tribune😉

  27. Monica
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 13:35:20

    Simple things are the best, oftentimes…I’m always hooked when I see a slice of good toasted bread!

  28. Hotly Spiced
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 15:09:04

    This sounds very simple but very yummy xx

  29. Daniela
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 15:50:23

    The combination of flavors and textures is gorgeous.
    Simple and delicious !

  30. shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 16:41:56

    This is definitely chunky and yummy😉

  31. Mary Frances
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 16:53:39

    The kind of snack that can be hard to stop eating! I love figs.

  32. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 17:19:21

    Such a simple, delicious starter! Can’t beat triple creme cheeses🙂

  33. laurasmess
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 18:29:23

    I love figs. The idea of roasting them in butter and balsamic is genius! Sorry that you couldn’t find figs at the grocery store… grrr, I get so annoyed when I search for a particular ingredient and can’t find it. The fig spread looks nice anyway, as does the French cheese. Yum!

  34. tastytreats13
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 18:46:22

    How tasty! I think I’ve got to try this soon!

  35. Zoe
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 19:28:10

    This looks delicious and I think I can munch all 4 of them😀

  36. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 22:29:44

    Heaven on a slice of toast!!

  37. Nilu A
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 22:47:30

    Mmmm… Feeling hungry by just looking at your toasts.. Will definitely try this🙂

  38. cquek
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 23:35:12

    These look great! And what a coincidence…I’ve been CRAVING for it right now.

  39. Mary @ Fit and Fed
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 23:52:07

    Well, you already know from my blog how much I love fresh figs (and fig jam) in recipes, and they pair so well with soft, fresh cheese. This looks like a very easy and delicious way to enjoy the combination!

  40. Francescainthekitchen
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 05:09:37

    The perfect Italian Breakfast!!!

  41. Amanda Chic
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 05:40:27

    Yummy

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  42. My Kitchen Stories
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 06:19:07

    How perfect are they?

  43. Emma (fluff and fripperies)
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 06:36:03

    I need this in my mouth immediately!

  44. I WIlkerson
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 07:54:55

    I love fresh figs! I will have to keep my eyes open for more of them.

  45. Edible Celebrations (@lavesta)
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 07:59:35

    Quick and easy and tasty I bet! Fresh Figs are just beginning to show up at the markets. I need to get me some:)

    Thanks for sharing, Yummy…

  46. Sharon
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 09:04:43

    Looking yummy! Ugh why are you such a good cook? Your blog always makes me hungry!

  47. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 09:34:45

    Looks amazing! Love it!

  48. Amy
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 10:12:57

    Oh yeah…my hubs loves figs. Gonna make these as a special treat sometime soon!

  49. Mary
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 11:14:18

    What a great idea – looks SO scrumptious – simple and delightful:)
    Mary x

  50. The Squishy Monster
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 11:33:00

    Sweet-cream-tang—love all those flavors together!

  51. Beth
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 18:23:01

    Fig jam is a perfect combination with cheese! Love these toasties.

  52. bakeawaywithme.com
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 19:39:25

    They look divine! Fig jam goes so well with cheese!!

  53. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Oct 25, 2013 @ 07:08:40

    Yum – I love figs, and they are especially tasty when paired with a cheese like this.

  54. Cher
    Oct 25, 2013 @ 07:15:30

    This sounds wonderful!

  55. gourmetgetaway
    Oct 25, 2013 @ 18:36:20

    How delicious!
    I would love this for breakfast !

  56. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Oct 25, 2013 @ 18:45:31

    This is a lovely way to eat figs. I love figs when they are cooked and baked, and not so much when they are served uncooked. This sounds really yummy!

  57. The Foodie Affair
    Oct 27, 2013 @ 12:23:37

    This looks super simple to make and sounds so yummy to serve with cheese!

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