Let’s get grown up with these Fig and Goat Cheese Endive Cups! A super simple appetizer to add to your cocktail party this holiday season!
Appetizers don’t need to be difficult or time consuming. Really, they don’t! Sometimes you just need a few simple ingredients and a few minutes by you side to create a perfect bite. Okay, it doesn’t always go that way, but we live in hope that there is easy food out there. And today, I’m sharing this super simple and sophisticated appetizer that wouldn’t look astray at any fine dining dinner table!
I love making nibbles or small bites. It really is one of my favourite types of food to make. However, I don’t often get the chance because people in the house usually want dinner….uggh! Plus, I don’t entertain much these days. But every now and again I get in the mood and create appetizers for dinner and surprise myself with some of the delicious combinations.
Just recently I found a whole bag of dried figs in my pantry. Not sure where they came from, oh well….hahaha. I don’t normally buy dried figs so It’s a bit of a mystery.
So, what to do with my mystery bag of figs?
An appetizer. Bingo. So, I started looking through the fridge and just 15 minutes later, I had these in front of me. Guess what? They are downright delicious and I would serve them to anybody. Well not fussy eaters, but the rest of us, yes. A big win for the dried figs!
Note about the Fig & Goat Cheese Endive Cups
- This appetizer can be made a few hours in advance easily, then wrapped and refrigerated. If doing it in advance, don’t drizzle the balsamic reduction until just before serving.
- I used Chevre goats cheese because I had in in the fridge. You can use another cheese if your prefer but I would avoid hard cheeses for this appetizer. If you can get your hands on the Chevre goat cheese, get it and use it! You will not be disappointed.
This might sound like a strange combination, but it’s worth making, serving and eating. The figs are sweet, the cheese soft and salty, the almonds crunchy and the balsamic reduction is just delish on everything!
So, if you are in need of a simple and sophisticated appetizer, make these and they are sure to be a winner.
Tomorrow I’ll be back with cookies. Because you can never have enough cookie recipes in December.
Happy appetizer making friends!
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Fig & Goat Cheese Endive Cups
- 16 – 20 Endive leaves
- 1 Cup dried figs roughly chopped
- 1 Cup soft goat cheese cut into small pieces
- 1/4 Cup almonds roughly chopped
- Small bunch of fresh chives roughly chopped
- Balsamic reduction
- Fill the cups evenly. Starting with the figs, goats cheese and topping with almonds. Garnish with fresh chives and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. Done!