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baked goat cheese dip with caramelized onions and figs

To say that this week is a big week for me would be an understatement.  This week is a HUGE week.  Maybe the biggest week of my life.  No joke.  You see,  I’m graduating on Saturday.  Not from high school…that was awhile ago.  Not from college, either.  Been there, done that.  I’m graduating from graduate school.   Finally, finally, finally I will be done with my education and be able to enter the working world.  

Wanna know why else next week is a big week?  Marc is graduating too!  After Saturday, I’ll have to call him as Dr. Ellingson.  Just kidding.  I’m still calling him Marc.  But he WILL officially be an M.D.  I think I can speak for the both of us when I say there were many times that it felt like this time of our life would never come.  We spent countless days and nights studying at the library and coffee shops(that’s actually where we met!) and it’s strange to know that those days are over.  Now that graduation is almost here and we will soon have our own patients to be accountable for, it’s terrifying very surreal.  Celebration is definitely in order!

Since it’s graduation season, that means it’s also about time for summer BBQs, patio-chilling, and picnics!  These would be perfect occasions for this easy and delicious appetizer.  I’m always skeptical about dishes that seem so simple, but this one definitely did not disappoint.  The dip is made of warm and fluffy goat cheese, which is topped with caramelized onions and dried figs.  So simple.  So delicious.

Baked Goat Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Figs
from California Figs

16 oz goat cheese
14 dried California Mission figs, quartered
1/4 cup dry sherry
1/4 cup olive oil
2 large white onions, thinly sliced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp kosher salt
French baguette, sliced 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  

In small pot, combine figs with sherry, along with enough water so the figs are completely covered.  Bring mixture to a boil, then cover and remove from heat.  Let the figs plump while the onions are cooking.

In medium skillet, heat olive oil over medium-low heat.  Add onions, garlic, rosemary, and salt and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the onions are lightly browned.  Add figs (without excess liquid) to onions and stir to combine.  

In an oven-safe dish (the size of your liking, depending on how deep you want the dip to go and what onion to goat cheese ratio you want) spread goat cheese evenly.  Top with caramelized onion and fig mixture, and bake in pre-heated oven for 20 minutes.  Serve immediately with sliced baguettes.  Enjoy!  

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  1. Congratulations on the graduations 🙂 This dip looks fantastic! I know my mom and I would both love this…saving the recipe for my summer visit home!


    There is nothing i love more than an easy and delicious appetizer- perfect for an event i have coming up!

    thanks taylor

  3. A huge congratulations to you both on your graduations. Make sure to take the time to celebrate. This dish is a delicious way to start!