fig and walnut tartlets

Last week I dedicated my blog to holiday desserts, this week is all about appetizers. If you’re hosting a holiday party or any type of gathering and are in need of quick but delicious hors-d’oeuvres, look no further! I am featuring three great appetizers that are a cinch to put together and look beautiful. First to start is a fig and walnut tartlets with crumbled blue cheese and honey, followed by manchego tortas with romesco sauce and lastly, a spiced kabocha and apple soup. Let the festivities begin!

fig and walnut tartlets
fig and walnut tartlets
fig and walnut tartlets


Fig and walnut tartlets

20 minTotal Time

Yields 24 mini tartlets

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  • 1/2 cup walnuts halves
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 24 mini tart shells
  • crumbed Stilton cheese
  • 6 figs, quartered
  • honey for drizzling


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare the candied walnuts. Place walnuts, sugar and water in a nonstick pan and heat over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes. Remove walnuts with a slotted spoon to a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until lightly caramelized. Transfer walnuts to a clean parchment paper.
  3. Place one fig quarter in each tart shell, followed by crumbled blue cheese and caramelized walnuts. Drizzle honey on the tartlets. Serve.


Candied walnuts can be prepared up to 1 week in advance.


**Helpful tips and common mistakes

What I love about these fig and walnut tartlets is that there is practically no cooking involved! You can choose to make your own tart shells, but if you want to skip that step, purchase frozen shells. Puff pastry shells or pie shells both work wonderfully with this appetizer.

fig and walnut tartlets

These hors-d’oeuvres can easily be modified; not a fan or walnuts? Substitute with pecans, almonds, or pine nuts. If you prefer a different cheese, use crumbled goat or even sliced brie instead of the blue. Figs not in season? Use another fruit such as persimmons or caramelized apples. This recipe is incredibly easy on all accounts! Easy to prepare, easy to modify and easy on the eyes!

Simply prepare the candied nuts by simmering them in water and sugar until lightly caramelized. You can also make the nuts days before to save time on the actual day.  Cool the candied walnuts on a clean sheet of parchment paper to prevent them from sticking. Roughly chop the nuts and set aside.

Prepare the tart shells and fill them with fresh figs, crumbled blue cheese and the caramelized walnuts. Drizzle honey on the fig and walnut tartlets and that’s it, folks! Pop these in your mouth before your guests take them all because they most likely will.

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Looking for someone to come to your house and prepare these dishes for you? It is possible! If you are in Los Angeles and looking for a private chef, please feel free to contact me. For more information, visit Private Kitchen Los Angeles.


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