I have a small confession….while I LOVE to cook and do so nearly daily, I am a BIG fan of dishes that require minimal effort but pack big reward in terms of taste or visual appearance! Black Mission figs are not only stunning in coloring, but delicious when incorporated into summer recipes! I was inspired to incorporate these beautiful figs into a simple, yet impressive summer bruschetta recipe. With just a few ingredients and a literally just a handful of minutes, you can create this fig gorgonzola bruschetta recipe for your summer guests! Keep scrolling for more photos and the complete recipe.
You can skip ahead to the full recipe, but I always like to share a few cooking tips along with my culinary creations. Below, we share what the difference is between a crostini and bruschetta recipe. And, I describe how to properly trim fresh thyme. So, you may get a few nuggets along the way by browsing the entire blog post!
Crostini vs Bruschetta
Black Mission figs are known for their deep purple coloring, which darkens as they dry. They are available early Spring through early winter and are delicious when served in a variety of ways, including as a topping on this gorgonzola bruschetta.
You can recognize gorgonzola cheese by its “blue” veining. It is considered a blue cheese and is made using unskimmed cow’s milk. In terms of taste, it is often considered salty with a “bite” when eaten. You can typically find gorgonzola in full blocks or already crumbled in the dairy section of most grocers. While full blocks of gorgonzola cheese may be easier to spread onto the toasted bread, crumbled allows you to skip a step during preparation which is a time saver!
Thyme offers a subtle, slightly minty flavor. When working with thyme, hold the sprig at one end, then gently rub two fingers to the other end, which will separate the herb from its stem.
Where are my honey fans? Interestingly enough, honey can offer a variety of flavor profiles depending upon how it was sourced and/or bottled. And, you will find honey with varying colors, ranging from light to as dark as molasses. You may find honey to have any of the following flavors: smokey, nutty or even earthy taste. I love that a little drizzle offers a lot of added flavor to this pretty appetizer dish.
Fig Gorgonzola Bruschetta
Serving Size: 4 Pieces
- 4 Country Style Bread or Baguette Style Bread Slices
- 4 oz Gorgonzola Cheese
- 8 oz Black Mission Figs, sliced thinly or in quarters like shown
- 1 bunch of fresh Thyme
- Honey for drizzling
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- Lightly coat your bread slices with extra virgin olive oil, then broil for 2 minutes until slightly golden. Do not over toast.
- Spread the gorgonzola cheese over the toasted bread pieces, then top with slices or quarters of Black Mission fig.
- Garnish with a dash of thyme and a drizzle of honey.
- Enjoy immediately.
Can you believe how simple this recipe is!? I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.