Fig and goat cheese crostini is a 10-minute appetizer you can have ready to serve at a holiday party or cocktail night in a pinch. Elegant and oh so easy, you'll be party ready in no time.
As the holidays get closer, it's time to collect all the last-minute appetizers you can for easy entertaining all season long.
This 10-minute fig and goat cheese crostini is an impressively elegant snack board you can pull together so quickly and serve to friends and family for a cocktail party or pre-dinner snack before the main course.
It also makes an excellent addition to a party buffet or holiday potluck since the elements travel well and can be assembled just before serving.
Why This is the Best Recipe
Everyone needs a stash of super easy appetizers to whip out at the last minute during the busy holiday season. I think this is the best fig and goat cheese crostini recipe because:
- Just 10 Minutes: You can bake fresh homemade crostini in 10 minutes and it will add SO much flavor to the recipe.
- Easy Snack Board for Guests: Your friends and family can customize every bite. Layer just their perfect ratio of goat cheese, fig jam, and pistachios or skip whatever they need for dietary restrictions.
- Not Too Sweet: During the holiday season, there are a lot of sweets around all the time. The pairing of tangy goat cheese and just mildly sweet fig jam strikes the perfect balance. Add the optional prosciutto to the snack board for even more savory flavors.
This easy recipe only requires 5 ingredients:
- Fresh Baguette and Olive Oil: You'll use these to make homemade crostini. If you want, you can save time and buy a container of store bought crostini but the texture will be much dryer than if you make it from fresh bread.
- Goat Cheese: The best spots to buy this are at Costco or Trader Joe's but you'll find it in the specialty cheese section of most grocery stores, too.
- Fig Jam: Your favorite brand will do.
Prep the Crostini
Making homemade crostini take just 10 minutes in the oven and gives you gorgeous, chewy toasts for your crostini appetizer.
I strongly encourage you to make this recipe from a fresh baguette but if you're really short on time, a container of store bought toasts will work fine.
The instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post but if you want to see step-by-step photo instructions and more details on how to make crostini, be sure to check out this article:
Assemble the Snack Board
Once your crostini are prepared, assembling the fig and goat cheese crostini snack board is easy peasy.
Place the goat cheese on your snack board and let it come to room temperature so that it is easy to spread.
Spoon the fig jam into a pretty serving bowl and place it next to the cheese.
Chop the pistachios so they are easier to sprinkle and arrange them on the board along with the crostini slices.
If you want to add even more options to your fig and goat cheese crostini board, you could also include:
Savory Prosciutto: Thinly sliced ham would bring a little salty goodness to each bite.
Peppered Pecans: Chop up a batch of these glazed pecans and include them as an alternative to the pisatchios.
Fresh Sliced Apples: A tart green apple sliced very thinly would pair nicely with the other flavors of this dish.
Make Ahead Tips
You can bake the crostini up to 24 hours in advance of the party and keep them fresh in an airtight container on the counter top.
Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini
For the Crostini
- 1 baguette
- olive oil
- OR you can substitute a container of store bought crostini rather than making them homemade
For the Fig and Goat Cheese Bites
- 1 (10 oz) log of goat cheese softened
- 1 (12 oz) jar of fig jam
- ⅓ cup pistachios chopped
Prep the Crostini
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Slice the bread into ½-inch slices. Cut at an angle for longer pieces or perfectly perpendicular for shorter ones.
- Brush olive oil on BOTH sides of each slice of bread and lay them in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 6 minutes and then flip each piece over. Bake for an additional 4 - 6 minutes or until the crostini are perfectly golden and crispy.
Assemble the Snack Board
- Place the log of goat cheese on your snack board with a cheese spreader knife.
- Spoon the fig jam into a small serving dish and place it on the board with a small jam spoon or spreader knife.
- Place the chopped pistachios in another small dish with a small spoon.
- Arrange the crostini toasts in a decorative pattern around the toppings.
- Guests can spread the softened goat cheese on the crostini and spoon a dollop of fig jam over the top. Finish with a sprinkle of chopped pistachios.
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