Fig, Thyme and Goat Cheese Pecan Bites

This is a super easy appetizer recipe that can be modified to match the ingredients you have on hand. Below I included a table with substitutions, alternatives, modifications – you name it. The ideas of savory, sweet, crunch and herb can be repeated in many ways. I made these recently for a dinner party with items I just had on hand and an almond/apricot/basil version for a baby shower. Make a lot or just a few but be sure to taste a prototype to ensure that you like the flavors all stacked up.

Ingredients

This Version Awesome Substitutions and Ideas
  • Dried whole figs
  • Fresh Figs
  • Dried apricots
  • Grapes
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Jams (could then omit honey)
  • Pecan halves
  • Whole almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Crackers or baguette
  • Plain goat cheese
  • Flavored goat cheese
  • Brie
  • Bleu cheese
  • White cheddar
  • Cream cheese
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Basil
  • Citrus zest
  • Omit
  • Honey
  • Reduced Balsamic Vinegar
  • Jam or Jelly
  • Omit, or use one or the other

Instructions

  • Take the whole fig and cut in half lengthwise (top to bottom
  • Open and flatten the fig half to form the base of the “bite”, skin will be down and inside fruit and seeds showing on top
  • Spread cheese on top of fig
  • Put a dot or dollop of reduced balsamic (not too much, just for a flavor tang) on the cheese and then push in a pecan half. You can roast the nuts beforehand for an even deeper nut flavor (or buy them roasted J)
  • Drizzle just a tiny bit of honey on top and sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves

Key points: you are making one bite at a time so apply the flavors sparingly. There is a lot of flavor in each of these, so the goal is to balance with fig and cheese as the highlights.