The Girl & The Fig

I just wanted to write a quick post to share with you my new obesssion. Figs.  Honestly before a week ago I never really have eaten a fig except for maybe in Fig Newtons.  Let me tell you about how my obsession with figs all started.

One day about three weeks ago my mom called from Wilmington, NC and said she had gone and picked figs from a friend’s house.  “Interesting, I wonder what a fig tree looks like”, I thought.

Then at the farmer’s market I saw some in a pretty little blue container for $3.  They looked pretty gross to me, actually, but I figured I’d give them a try.

I was browsing through a food blog that I follow called 100 Days of Real Food, which encourages eating non-processed foods and there it was, a picture of figs and goat cheese! That was it!  I was going to test them out on my friends that were coming over for dinner that night.  So that’s what I did… and those little goat cheese stuffed figs were DELICIOUS.  Not only were they super easy to make (it might have taken 10 minutes total), but they looked like a gourmet appetizer you’d order from a swanky restaurant!

Here’s what you need for the Goat Cheese and Fig Appetizers:

Print recipe here

  • Fresh figs
  • Organic goat cheese (I used plain from Whole Foods)
  • Balsamic vinegar

I turned my little toaster oven onto the broiler setting, covered a pan with aluminum foil, and washed and halved the figs.

Then I took a small amount of goat cheese and spooned it into the fig. I put the pan under the broiler for approximately 3 minutes.

Then I transferred them to my serving tray and drizzled with local NC honey and balsamic vinegar.  I left the honey off of the ingredients you need because we really could have done without it.  The figs were so sweet on their own that I don’t think it was necessary. The goat cheese figs were a big hit!

It’s amazing that food really is all around us. I’ve even started to notice fig trees on my morning running routes through downtown Raleigh!

What’s a unique vegetable or fruit you’ve tried lately?

Coming soon, how to properly steam and pick crabs!