Goat Cheese Crostini with Cacao Nibs and Fresh Figs

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

One 12-inch baguette, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing crostini 

Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black peppercorns, plus additional freshly ground black pepper

8 ounces cream cheese 

8 ounces fresh goat cheese 

6 tablespoons heavy cream 

2 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cacao nibs 

1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves, plus extra for garnish 

12 fresh black figs, half sliced and half cut into wedges 

Honey, for drizzling 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place the bread slices on a large baking sheet and brush with extra-virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Bake until golden brown and crispy, 8 to 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.
  3. Put the cream cheese, goat cheese, heavy cream, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
  4. Add the coarsely ground peppercorns, cacao nibs and thyme leaves. Pulse until well combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Smear a spoonful of the cheese mixture on each crostini. Top with some sliced and wedged figs, then drizzle with honey and sprinkle with a few thyme leaves and some salt.