Fantastically Delicious Fig and Savory Cheese Toast

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional

There are times when keeping it simple is the only way to go. When you don’t have much time, but want to impress a guest or group of friends, then do a few little things that, literally, only take 5 minutes or less of work to prepare.

This is where having a pantry that is stocked with your families basics (at all times) comes in handy. I can usually throw together an array of appetizers and finger foods within a half hour on no notice. Granted, that comes from years of impromptu parties and networking events.

When I started my professional career, some 20 years ago, I knew that I had no choice but to entertain in order to get new clients. How else do you build a book of a quarter of a billion dollars under management? The trick is that you take advantage whenever it arises to get one on one time with potential clientele.

I can’t tell you how many times, poor Danny would get a phone call saying that “I would be arriving with someone in less than a half hour and I had guests with me”. He would rush to make sure the bar was set up and that he was able to keep the guests entertained, while I quickly ran to the kitchen to prepare a simple, yet gourmet feast.


  • Slices of Whole Grain Wheat Bread
  • 1 Block Cream Cheese, Softened to Room Temperature
  • 2 Sprigs and 3 Tbs. Freshly Dried Lemon Thyme, Crushed to a Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Onion Powder
  • Fresh Figs, Sliced Thin


  1. Toast your slices of Whole Grain Wheat Bread to a medium brown.
  2. Then, in a medium mixing bowl add your softened cream cheese, garlic powder, onion powder and Fresh Thyme powder. Mix thoroughly with a small spatula.
  3. Cover your savory, cream cheese mixture and place in the refrigerator and let sit for at least 30 minutes. This helps the flavors infuse the cheese.
  4. Take you slices of whole grain wheat bread and spread a generous layer of your savory cream cheese, almost all the way to the edge. Leave the edges visible for contrast.
  5. Place slices of your fig on top of the savory cream cheese, overlapping slightly yet leaving cheese visible in places. Then sprinkle with leaves of dried lemon thyme from the 2 sprigs you have set aside.
  6. Serve and enjoy as an appetizer or even a simple breakfast option with sweet Spanish Coffee.

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