When I’m hosting a party, I’m all about the easy appetizers. My criteria is they have to be able to be assembled in about 15 minutes on the day of the party. Or they have to be made way in advance (hint: have you tried serving my savory jams alongside your cheese and cracker tray yet?). Anything more complicated than that just isn’t going to happen when I’m trying to get a meal together for a crowd.
These Fresh Figs are quick and simple. And they definitely are not short of flavor. You start by flavoring the ricotta cheese with a hint of honey, lemon zest and half of a scraped vanilla bean. Then just dollop that on halved figs and top each one with a few toasted pistachios. Done and done. I just love the combination of vanilla and figs. And the toasted pistachios provide the perfect little crunch that all appetizers need.
I think these taste best when the figs are at room temperature. So if you are storing your figs in the refrigerator, make sure to set them out on your counter for a bit to allow them to warm up.