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A perfect appetizer recipe for Fig Hazelnut Ricotta Crostinis. Fresh figs to make Fig Hazelnut Ricotta Crostinis. Fig Hazelnut Ricotta Crostinis drizzled with honey. A recipe for Fig Hazelnut Ricotta Crostinis smothered in honey. I woke up really early this morning to this weird recurring dream I keep having about whales. I don’t do much other than count them from high above the water. I decided this morning that I would good what my dream meant. It turns out that having whales in your dreams means you are intuitive. They also said it could be because you are watching too much of that tv show Sea Shepard. Either way, I think this means that maybe someday I will use my intuitive senses to become psychic and be the hot girl version of Edward. Yes, that was a Twilight reference. Yes, I did watch Breaking Dawn part 1 yesterday, and it was pretty bad, but I still kinda like it. So there’s that. Anyway, we have figs for you today. Figs are my very very very most favorite thing to make appetizers out of ever. The shape and color of them are perfect, and you cut them open and they are even more beautiful than the outside. I am always sad to see them go, so I try to eat as many as possible while they are in season. We have paired some grilled figs with a simple ricotta and hazelnut spread, then drizzled everything with honey. Honey and figs is like peanut butter and jelly, can’t get any better. Go out and take advantage of fig season before it leaves guys! And make these Fig Hazelnut & Ricotta Crostinis!
♥ Teri

Fig Hazelnut and Ricotta Crostinis
Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:
1 cup part skim ricotta
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon hazelnuts, lightly toasted
1/2 cup honey, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
10-12 fresh figs (mission or kadota or whatever is local), cut in half lengthwise
1/2 French or sourdough baguette, sliced into ½ inch slices and lightly toasted

Directions:
1. Place ricotta, hazelnuts, 1/4 cup honey, and ground cinnamon in a food processor and process until smooth. Set aside.
2. Preheat a grill or grill pan over high heat. Brush figs with oil and place cut side down onto the hot surface and grill on each side for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool, about 5-7 minutes.
3. To assemble: Spread 1-2 tablespoons ricotta mixture onto each crostini and top with a grilled fig; finish with a drizzle of honey and serve.

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  1. Jamie @ green beans & grapefruit Not Specified Not Specified

    These look awesome!!!!! My favorite too.

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    Your figs are so perfectly caramelized and I love the lighting in these photos!

    And I got a copy of your book(s) in the mail last week….and omg, absolutely stunning images, amazing recipes, and I can’t even decide what to make first..I have like 17 bookmarks already placed in the book!

  3. Jacquelyn | lark&linen Not Specified Not Specified

    Now this is an appetizer I can get on board with! It sounds SO good

  4. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) Not Specified Not Specified

    These look beautiful! The figs are so gorgeously charred by the grill, too. I love pairing figs with cheese in sweet contexts. What a lovely idea for an appetizer (or a dessert)!

  5. Diane, A Broad Not Specified Not Specified

    Figs and hazelnuts should go on everything.

  6. Katie @ Blonde Ambition Not Specified Not Specified

    This is such a cute and sophisticated appetizer! I’ve never had fresh figs, but I’ve been seeing them at the market and wanting to cook them – I’m just so nervous about cooking them properly!

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  8. Eileen Not Specified Not Specified

    These look amazing! I admit, I have a hard time cooking figs–they jump into my mouth before I can cook them, generally–but I may have to exert my willpower to make some of these. :)

  9. Bev @ Bev Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    These are freaking fabulous. I can’t wait to get yer cuuukbuuuuk!

  10. tracy Not Specified Not Specified

    you are weird. i like you for that.

  11. dervla @The Curator Not Specified Not Specified

    i love this. The colors are amazing. Also, breaking dawn part 1 was pretty awesomely bad, like laughable. Plus how did they get Kristin Stewart to look that skinny and hollowed out (more than usual)?

  12. purelymichelle Not Specified Not Specified

    love figs! this sounds perfect

  13. Patricia Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! Some of my favorite things all combined. Simple & lovely!

  14. erinn johnson Not Specified Not Specified

    These look delis. They would be perfect with homemade ricotta, have you every made it? So so much better than the store.

  15. erinn johnson Not Specified Not Specified

    These look delish. They would be perfect with homemade ricotta, have you every made it? So so much better than the store.

  16. kita Not Specified Not Specified

    The honey on these crostinis just make them look smexy.

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  18. Laura Not Specified Not Specified

    These are beautiful! Putting on my *must try* list (with gluten free bread)

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  20. Maria N. Not Specified Not Specified

    Can’t imagine my life without figs with goat cheese)
    But this recipe and photos !!! Mmm… Appetizer!!!
    Ready and wanna to try)
    Thank you!

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  23. Sara @ The Cozy Herbivore Not Specified Not Specified

    So elegant and whimsical at the same time! These are gorgeous. I am so loving figs right now– my old Italian neighbor has a gigantic fig tree in her yard and she lets us pick our fill this time of year. I can’t wait to make these crostini with my foraged figs!

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  25. Joana Not Specified Not Specified

    Yummy! I love figs…these look so delicious. On my must-try recipe list!

  26. Liondragoncustom Not Specified Not Specified

    i’m all for a halloween craft without blood! such a cute idea!

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