The other day when I was at Whole Foods, I couldn't help but notice the arrival of fresh figs. When figs are in season-- take advantage of the delicious fruit and serve it as an uncomplicated, but decadent appetizer. All you have to do is pop them in the oven until soft and juicy. They're wonderful on their own or even mixed into a salad.
I think they're best when topped with cheese and drizzled with honey and balsamic vinegar. I used goat cheese, but gorgonzola or ricotta would also be great paired with figs. Entertaining couldn't be easier when you serve them on a rustic wooden board with a glass of chilled Champagne.
Roasted Figs- Total time 20 mins.
6 to 8 Mission figs, halved
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
salt and freshly ground pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Put the figs, cut side up, in a baking dish. Top each fig half with a 1/2 teaspoon - 1 teaspoon of goat cheese. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar and honey butter over the figs. Season with salt and pepper and roast in oven until very soft, 10 to 15 minutes. Enjoy!!