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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Fresh Figs with Goat Cheese and Almonds


We are nearing the end of a prolific fig season.  Our trees overflowed and the squirrels were overjoyed.  We had an invite for drinks and appetizers at a friend's house one night and I was scrambling at the last minute to find something to bring - I googled fresh fig appetizer and came upon this recipe at allrecipes.com:


Elegant Fig Appetizers with Goat Cheese and Almonds



Ingredients

  • 12 fresh figs, halved
  • 4 ounces herbed goat cheese (chevre)
  • 24 almonds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven broiler for high heat.
  2. Place the fig halves, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Top each half with about 1/2 teaspoon goat cheese. Place one almond on each, press to push the cheese slightly into each fig.
  3. Broil the figs in the preheated oven until the cheese is soft and the almonds are turning a rich shade of brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the broiler and let cool for 5 minutes. Arrange the figs on a serving platter and drizzle with honey and balsamic vinegar. Serve warm.


I made it pretty much as written except I substituted slivered almonds for the whole almonds.  Wow.  We all loved this and I think I made it five or six times over the next couple of weeks.  I've made it with the herbed goat cheese and with plain.  Also made it with peppered goat cheese - all with great results.  I was a little loose with the amounts of honey and balsamic vinegar - just made sure each one got a little bit.  These go together so quickly and taste so good.  Some of the reviewers even said they made it with dried figs - I'll have to try it that way because I'm not sure I can wait until next fall to have these again!

1 comment:

JGH said...

We grew figs for the first time this year - I have to overwinter the tree in the garage, but I'm hoping next year to have a better crop - enough maybe to make this! The almonds are a nice touch.