We scored big time this year guys! For once, we’re actually home for more than a week at a time during Summer. Because we’re not traveling as much, we’re able to hang out in the garden and beat all the garden critters to the figs. This is huge. Literally, huge in both the harvest and in eating all the figs we want without losing it to the squirrels, beetles, and birds.
With two keen sets of eyes waiting for the right timing to pick the figs, we planned it just right for our first picking. Normally this time of year, the squirrels and birds left us half-pecked fruit. These greedy critters couldn’t even finish what they were eating before feasting on another piece of fruit. It killed us to look up and see nothing left for the humans. Even the pups couldn’t enjoy any of the fig rewards other than the cored out fig skins.
This year, we prepared ourselves weeks in advance and what we were rewarded were all this figs. Finally, we beat out the critters.
With so many figs ripening every few days, we were indulging in foggy-happiness, it was like being drunk on figs. First we ate them whole. Sweet and luscious as ever when they’re tree ripened. With the best of the first batch, we made fig balsamic for cheese plates, fig jam and what you see before you: baked figs. Oh goodness, you must make these.
Baked figs with crisp salty bacon, blue cheese, crunchy nuts all spread of crust bread is out of this world. This is literally one of the easiest fig dishes to make, but it packs a whole ‘lotta punch and flavor. And if your next Summer gathering doesn’t go nuts over this dish, then they just don’t get figs. Don’t invite them back!
We’re making more fig recipes that we can’t get enough of and will be sharing another one next week. In the meantime, get yourself a basket of sweet figs and make one of the most incredible appetizers for Summer.
diane and todd
Baked Fig with Bacon, Cheese, Pecans on Bruschetta Recipe
Yield: Serves 4
Total Time: 30 Minutes
The best part of this recipe is that you can add as much cheese and bacon as you like. To add more toppings, just press some bacon or cheese down on the center of the fig. You can even lightly scoop out a little bit of fig center, but if the fruit is super sweet and good, then don't waste it. Push the filling down into the figs and enjoy!
- about 8 fresh figs, sliced lengthwise in half
- 4 slices cooked bacon, cut into small pieces
- 3-4 ounces blue cheese or goat cheese, softened and crumbled
- 2 Tablespoons finely chopped pecans
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- grilled or toasted bread
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Place cut figs on a lined sheet pan. Add small amounts of bacon, cheese and pecans on top of each fig. If the fig doesn't sit level and the toppings fall off, make a small flat cut across the bottom of the fig so that it sits flat when you add the toppings.
- Bake the figs for 10-15 minutes or until the figs are soft to your desired texture and the cheese is melted.
- Spread figs on toasted bread and serve with your favorite glass of wine.