Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
12 servings (serving size: 2 crostini)

This recipe is great with dried figs, sublime with fresh ones. The Gorgonzola is a great combo with the sweet fig jam, but feta or any other soft, pungent cheese will work.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare jam, remove stems from figs. Place figs and juice in a food processor; process until figs are coarsely chopped. Place fig mixture, 2 cups water, syrup, and dash of salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until thick. Cool completely.

Step 2

To prepare onions, heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add onion, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cover and cook 5 minutes. Uncover and cook 20 minutes or until onion is deep golden brown, stirring occasionally. While onion cooks, add 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup at a time, to keep onion from sticking to pan.

Step 3

Spread 1 teaspoon cheese over each baguette slice. Top each slice with about 1 teaspoon onion mixture and 1 teaspoon jam. Sprinkle evenly with thyme leaves.

Ratings & Reviews

redshoes's Review

August 16, 2014
Made these last night for a wine and hors d'oeuvres party and everyone loved them - they are really good! I was looking for a recipe to use up fig jam I bought, and this fit the bill. I would recommend a creamy gorgonzola - I had to put the cheese in the oven (hot from toasting the bread) in order to get it to mash up and spread. I spread the cheese, then the fig jam (fairly sturdy consistency), then dropped on the bits of onions. Still thinking this morning about how good they were. Yum!

Tstokes's Review

July 18, 2013

jupett's Review

March 26, 2012
This is a delicious and easy appetizer. The only change I made was to add the grated zest of one orange and sbout 3/8 tsp. of freshly ground fennel seed to the fig jam. Yum!

lilsnack8's Review

May 19, 2011
Have made these several times for dinner parties. Easy and delicious. Have never bothered to make the jam - I always use a fig jam I've found at Whole Foods. This is one of my favorite appetizers!

rstarr's Review

December 18, 2010
Yum!! Made these last night for a small Holiday gathering and they were so good! Prepared the fig jam the night before, and assembled the crostini just before the party. It did take quite a bit longer than stated to thicken the jam than the recipe stated. I also toasted the bread once I had the cheese on it and then layered the other ingredients on top.