Fresh Figs, Smoked Chicken and Goat’s Cheese on Ciabatta

Figs and Goat's Cheese on Ciabatta
Fresh Figs,Smoked Chicken and Goat's Cheese on Ciabatta

Hello all you beautiful  readers.   I hope all is well and all have been munching away this Easter.  I myself had a tremendous time in the Eastern Cape!  What a beautiful part of South Africa!  Long white sandy beaches and dunes, and on a clear day I have never seen the seas  nor the skies bluer.  We have even been lucky enough to  spot the dolphins at Jeffrey’s bay’s Dolphin Beach  more than once.    However it is so that even on vacation one has to eat. Not that eating  is ever a chore for yours truly.   So on one of our beautiful late fall afternoons I packed our lunch in a basket and we headed off to the beach for a small picnic.

Picnic on the beach
Picnic on the beach

I am really a sucker for seasonal ingredients.  They taste great and I do my bit for global warming due the fact that I don’t have to buy imported goods that have to travel by plane to get to us.  Right now figs are in season in South Africa and I was lucky enough to find these delectable beauties at Woolies in Jeffrey’s bay.  I could not resist and home they came…

Figs in season
Figs in season

Seeing as I was a little limited with the amount of ingredients I could keep and consume within a week’s time, as well as  limited equipment in our little kitchen in the sea apartment,  I decided to keep it simple and make a humble sandwich.  Well as we all know simplicity is not necessarily a bad thing…

Figs and Goat's Cheese on Ciabatta
Figs, Smoked Chicken and Goat's Cheese on Ciabatta

So here is what I used to create these scrumptious sarmies:


  • 6  ciabatta rolls
  • butter
  • 5-6 fresh figs
  • slices of cucumber
  • lettuce leaves
  • one small roll of  goat’s cheese
  • 3  large smoked chicken breasts
  • 6 t good quality mayo
  • freshly ground salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 180º c
  2. Heat ciabatta rolls in oven until crispy and golden (about 3-5 minutes)
  3. Cut open and butter the warm ciabatta rolls
  4. Place the rest of the ingredients in layers on the rolls
  5. Top with a teaspoon of mayo
  6. Season with the freshly ground pepper and salt
Adam's fig
Adam's fig
Picnic on the beach
Picnic on the beach


12 Comments Add yours

  1. Sounds like heaven on ciabatta!

    1. Thanks… I have to admit I have been adding figs to a lot of our meals lately. I just can’t get enough… Figs on toast…figs in my salad… figs on Ice cream….etc, etc I think I might be addicted 🙂

    1. 🙂 One of my top 10 favorite ingredients!

  2. Figs are really getting into style 😀
    A burger like this cannot be ignored – it looks delicious!

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Willie Cloete says:

    Figs and Goat’s cheese is one of my favourite combinations, it’s a pitty figs are so expensive in SA, perhaps time to start planting an old fig tree again?

    1. Hi Willie, yes indeed I have quite a few friends that like us, feels that it is so wrong to pay anything for figs. When we were growing up it was quite common to have a fig tree in your own back yard or either know someone who did. Wish I had the space but our garden is very small. I do cultivate tomatoes, herbs, peppers,chilies and some lettuce in containers thus having the leisure of home-grown veg every now and then. Thanks for stopping by. Keep well.

  4. thefoodery says:

    I love figs, can’t wait to see them in the market again. What a wonderful picnic!

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