Caramelized Onion, Fig, and Goat Cheese Swirl


The key to this self-serve fruit-and-cheese spread is to gently fold the onion-and-fig mixture into the goat cheese to keep the colors and textures distinct. It’s best served with unflavored crackers or French bread so that nothing interferes with the spread’s sweet-salty flavors.

  • 2Servings


  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced (2 cups)
  • 14 dried black mission figs, hard tips removed (1/4 lb.)
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 4 oz. goat cheese, softened and crumbled


Heat oil in skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and pinch of salt. Cook 40 minutes, or until onion is tender, lightly browned, and reduced to 1 cup, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, place figs in bowl, and cover with boiling water. Soak 5 minutes, or until tender. Drain, and reserve 1/4 cup soaking liquid.

Purée figs, onion, and rosemary in food processor until smooth, adding up to 1/4 cup reserved liquid if necessary. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl, and fold in goat cheese, being careful to leave white streaks in mix.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 118
  • Carbohydrate Content: 13 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 11 mg
  • Fat Content: 6 g
  • Fiber Content: 2 g
  • Protein Content: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 3 g
  • Sodium Content: 149 mg
  • Sugar Content: 9 g