Ina Garten’s 10-Minute Fig and Goat Cheese Toast Is the “Easiest Appetizer Ever”


We've been on Team Ina for years. But in 2020, thanks to her impressive quarantine cosmos, freezer stocked with chocolate peanut butter cup gelatoand can't-miss Instagram cooking tips, our fandom for the Barefoot Contessa runs deeper than ever.

So in March, when Garten announced she would be releasing her first cookbook since 2018's Cook Like a Pro ($17.46, Amazon), we could barely contain our excitement.

I’m so happy to tell you – my next book Modern Comfort Food will be available this October!! This book is filled with seriously satisfying recipes that you’ll want to make for yourself and the people you love.The Boston Cream Pie alone will make you a hero in your house!In these anxious times, who doesn’t want a little comfort?? You can preorder the book through the link in my profile!! xxxxx Ina

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Now available for preorder and released officially on October 6, Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook ($25.13, Amazon) offers "easy-to-follow instructions, with lots of side notes for cooking and entertaining. It's like having Ina right there beside you, helping you all the way," according to a post on Garten will teach you how to whip up 85 comforting dishes, including:

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Roasted Sausages, Peppers and Onions

Banana Rum Trifle

Black and White Cookies

Boston Cream Pie

Oh yes, and the Fig and Goat Cheese Toasts she just revealed on Instagram in a tease for the book that's now less than 3 months away from our doorsteps.

Sneak peek from my new book Modern Comfort Food (available Oct 6th) – easiest appetizer ever!Fig & Cheese Toasts.Fig jam, goat cheese, a slice of fresh fig on toast and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.Yum. Recipe link in profile. #moderncomfortfood

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The beginner-friendly appetizer takes about 10 minutes tops, and features just a few high-quality ingredients, including creamy cheese, fresh figs and "good fig spread" (like Garten's pick, Dalmatia; $9.25 for 8.5 ounces, Amazon).

While we aren't doing much group gathering this summer, we plan to cut this recipe in half and enjoy it for a first course for a date night in— just as we imagine Ina and Jeffrey might do.

If you can't get fresh figs in your area just yet (fig season typically runs from August to October in most parts of the U.S.), we featured a topped toast similar to this one from Garten's kitchen that includes dried figs instead of fresh: Goat Cheese Crostini with Fig Compote.

Whichever option you choose, we recommend pairing it with a fruit cosmo or citrusy sidecar to round out the just-like-Garten cocktail hour.

This story originally appeared on Eating Well.

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