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Fig & Goat Cheese Bites with Pistachios

Love hosting family & friends during the Holiday season? These easy and delicious Fig & Goat Cheese bite-sized appetizers will be a sure shot hit during your Holiday parties. Just 4 ingredients and you have a crowd-pleasing appetizer that will be gone in no time!

Fig and Goat Cheese Mini Phyllo bites with Pistachios - Love hosting family & friends during the Holiday season? These easy and delicious Fig & Goat Cheese bite-sized appetizers will be a sure shot hit during your Holiday parties. Just 4 ingredients and you have a crowd-pleasing appetizer that will be gone in no time! @joanofarcbrie #JoanofArcGoat #ad

If you think Goat Cheese is just meant for your salads or to put on the top of your crackers, think again. Goat cheese is very versatile that has a distinct flavor of its own. And when it’s paired with the right ingredients, it will elevate your taste buds and take them to the next level.
 
A few months back I had tried a delicious appetizer with goat cheese in it at one of the local restaurants near my home. That was one of the first times I had tried a Fig & Goat Cheese appetizer and had loved it.

But despite it being really delicious, it was also pricey. Ever since then, I had planned on recreating that recipe at home. 

Now don’t get me wrong, but these Fig & Goat Cheese Mini appetizers turned out better than the one I had tried at that restaurant and approximately at a fraction of the cost than what I had paid for.

Fig Goat Cheese mini phyllo appetizers

They will literally take 15 minutes to assemble and are so delicious that you will want to make them for every party that you host 😀

They also make a great hors-d’oeuvre for any potluck party that you are planning to attend.  

Mini Phyllo cups with goat cheese and fig preserves

I mean, look how cute they look. Who wouldn’t want to devour them? Warning: They will be gone in no time. So you better make sure you have plenty for your guests 🙂

Goat cheese and fig phyllo bites

All you need are four ingredients Goat Cheese, mini phyllo shells (I used the frozen ones) and Fig Preserves. For a final touch, I roughly crushed some pistachios and drizzled them on top for an even festive look.

For this recipe, I used Joan of Arc® Goat Cheese Log and filled them in mini phyllo cups. I then scooped Fig preserves on it to give it some sweetness.

Joan of Arc® Goat Cheese comes in various flavors. I used the Fresh Fig Goat cheese log which is a scrumptious pairing of mild and tangy, snow-white Goat Cheese with the sweet flavor of figs.

This soft Goat Cheese has a pleasantly fresh aftertaste which not only tastes amazing in appetizers like these but also tastes great on cheese plates or even desserts!

 

Joan of Arc Fresh Fig Goat cheese

 

Joan of Arc Goat Cheese - Fresh Fig Goat Cheese

Fig & Goat Cheese Bites with Pistachios

Ingredients

  • Joan of Arc® Goat Cheese log - 1 4 oz. packet
  • Mini Frozen Phyllo Shells - 15
  • Fig Preserves - 1/2 cup
  • Pistachios - 8-10 roughly crushed/ chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Thaw your mini frozen phyllo cups for about 10 minutes. Fill the phyllo shells with about a tbsp of Goat cheese in each cup.
  2. Place it in the oven for 10 minutes or until the goat cheese slightly melts.
  3. Remove from oven and top each cup with a tsp of Fig preserves.
  4. Finish the dish by adding crushed pistachios (optional step)

Notes

Since the Fig preserves that I used were already pretty sweet, I did not add any other sweetener like honey.

You can even use fresh figs in this recipe but if you do, you may need to drizzle a little bit of honey on it to give it an added sweetness.

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Fig Goat cheese phyllo bites

I hope you give this recipe a try during the upcoming holiday season. And the next time you are planning to entertain guests, try using Goat cheese in your dishes. I promise you that you won’t be disappointed.

You can get your Joan of Arc Goat cheese from the Cheese section in your grocery store –

joan of arc cheese in store

For more recipes and inspiration, check out Joan of Arc® Cheese website.

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Fig and Goat Cheese Mini Phyllo bites with Pistachios - Love hosting family & friends during the Holiday season? These easy and delicious Fig & Goat Cheese bite-sized appetizers will be a sure shot hit during your Holiday parties. Just 4 ingredients and you have a crowd-pleasing appetizer that will be gone in no time! @joanofarcbrie #JoanofArcGoat #ad

XOXO
Smiling Notes

15 Comments

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    Divya Deepak Rao

    November 8, 2017

    Love your little tartlets Shamira! So easy to put together and I’m sure they’ll vanish in no time! Need to try this one soon:-)

    • Reply

      smilingnotes

      November 8, 2017

      Thank you so much, Divya!! They are indeed so cute and easy to put together ?You’re a sweetheart.

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    Erika Kind

    November 9, 2017

    Interesting idea and combination. Also it is made quickly!

    • Reply

      smilingnotes

      November 9, 2017

      Yes, quick recipes are key, especially when guests are coming over lol. And surprisingly, these taste really good 🙂 Thanks so much, Erika!

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    MyCulinarySaga

    November 10, 2017

    Lovely and simple idea. I love the flavours

    • Reply

      smilingnotes

      November 10, 2017

      Simple and easy always wins 😉 Thanks a lot!

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    Rhonda Sittig

    November 12, 2017

    Love this idea!! They look super delicious and when you’re having friends in for dinner, who wants to spend extra time with fussy appetizers?! I haven’t seen the phyllo shells. Where did you find yours?? I have to track them down! thanks thanks! Hope you’re having fun anticipating Thanksgiving– are you the cook in your family?? xox

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      smilingnotes

      November 12, 2017

      You’re right, Rhonda…having easy appetizer recipes always helps, especially when there are many guests. Im so happy to read your comment 💕I got these phyllo shells from Shoprite but you can get them at almost all retailers. They are from the brand Athens and you can find them in the frozen section of the grocery store. Hope this helps 💕Haha and no I’m not the main cook during the holidays but yes, I do contribute my part 😄XoXo

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        Rhonda Sittig

        November 13, 2017

        Love the recipe– I’ll look up the shells… Hope you have an especially thankful Thanksgiving — lots of hugs and turkey!! xox

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          smilingnotes

          November 13, 2017

          Thank you for your wishes, Rhonda! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends as well ❤️

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    Amanda Beilke (@AmandaBeilke)

    November 13, 2017

    Yum! These look so simple and so delicious. I love anything with pistachios and cheese so I’m definitely going to try these out for Thanksgiving! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Reply

      smilingnotes

      November 13, 2017

      I’m so glad you liked them, Amanda! This is one of our favorite recipes 🙂

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    Laurient

    November 13, 2017

    Yum. These would be a great appetizer for my holiday dinner party next month!

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    smilingnotes

    November 15, 2017

    Definitely, Laurient!

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