I made this fresh fig and brie appetizer for a summer dinner party in Normandy and the guests cleaned the plate in seconds. A few guests even ventured into the kitchen to ask if I had made any more of "those cheesy fig things". Luckily this dish can be made in minutes. It served as the opener to fire grilled fish and sausages served as the main course along with roasted vegetables. For food parties, I love to mix high and low. While the main dishes were served casually, french barbecue "family style" I started out the night with a rotation of hors d'oeuvres and drinks enjoyed while the fire was getting started. Out of all the appetizers from that night, this one disappeared the fastest. Fresh fig with melted brie, cashews and honey makes for the perfect mix between light and rich, with the sweetness of the fig completing the salty, gooey, buttery goodness of the brie. For the lactose sensitive, this recipe can still be served without the cheese, just add some extra salt and pepper and a drizzle of honey to bring out the flavors of the fig.
Honey, 2-3 tablespoons
Slice the figs into quarters.
Remove crust from brie and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes or until soft and melted.
Slice brie using a knife and drape over each fig slice.
Chop cashews and sprinkle some on brie.
Drizzle with honey and top with S+P.