This appetizer is simple to make, but elegant to present. It pairs well with a crisp, white wine, so grab these ingredients and whip it up!
½ loaf French bread, sliced and halved
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 slices of center cut bacon
1 pint black mission figs, halved
4 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
Thyme sprigs, divided into 1/2 – 1 inch pieces
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush olive oil onto the baguette pieces. Bake for 10 minutes, until crispy.
Cook bacon in skillet until crisp. Move to paper towel on a plate to cool. Cut into 1 inch pieces.
Drain bacon grease, but using the same pan, place figs in hot pan seed side down. Allow figs to caramelize (about 3 minutes.)
While figs sear, spread goat cheese on crostini bread.
Place one fig half on each piece of bread into the goat cheese. Stick 1 piece of bacon and 1 sprig of thyme into each fig.
(Note: if you have balsamic reduction, drizzle across the platter.)