Despite finally having a kitchen that can hold more than 2 people at a time and a house big enough to have a dinner party, I’m still not good at hosting parties and planning appetizers.
After 7 years in a smaller house that made it tough to have people over, dinner parties make me nervous.
I get anxious and stressed out and frustrated because I don’t have a good system down yet in this house. Figuring out what to make is always a challenge, I never think things are going to turn out, and I put way too much pressure on myself.
But one thing I know that can make any dinner party or get together flow is having a few appetizers ready for guests until the meal is ready.
And I don’t want appetizers that are going to take me just as long as the meal to make. I need quick. Not fussy. Easy to prep. Non-stressful.
I think figs are the answer!
Our fig bushes are going through a fall harvest, so they’re coming in by the pound again. We’ve already eaten pounds this summer, plus we made 15 jars of jam, so I’m using the fall harvest to really try the figs in cooking and baking.
I’ve had a few appetizers with dried figs, but never fresh. After having them on pizza, I know they go perfect with salty bacon, but I wanted something a little lighter. The light flavor of the figs goes so well with syrupy honey and briny feta, I knew these would be tasty little bites.
It doesn’t get much easier than this.
Figs with Feta, Rosemary, and Honey
Makes: 10 bites
- 5 figs
- 2 Tbsp feta cheese, crumbled
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 2 tsp fresh rosemary
- Cut the stems from the figs and slice in half, lengthwise.
- Top each fig half with some crumbled feta, a drizzle of honey, and some chopped rosemary.