Easy 15-minute Baked Figs with Goat Cheese, walnuts, honey and sage recipe. These baked figs make for an elegant savory appetizer your guests will love!
Fig season has finally started and I couldn’t be happier! Even though it means that summer is almost over (which is hard to believe yet, because the weather is awesome), I’m really enjoying the abundance of apples, corn, stone fruits, eggplants, pears and of course figs. The fig season is short, so make sure you got enough! Besides eating them raw or making open-faced sandwiches with cheese and figs, I like to bake them with goat cheese. Lusciously sweet, chewy figs with smooth skin and crunchy seeds pair so well with savory and soft goat cheese. Figs have a really unique taste and texture that no other fruit has. They are perfect in sweet dishes, but also in savory ones, paired with cheese, walnuts, honey and sage. So, if you love figs, I have a baked figs recipe for you I’m sure you will love.
This simple appetizer highlights the fig flavor in a very elegant way. It’s incredibly delicious and pretty, which makes it a party pleaser and a nice accompaniment for wine. Besides, this recipe comes together within minutes and requires just five simple ingredients: figs, goat cheese, honey, walnuts and sage.
How to Choose Perfectly Ripe Figs
Figs are very fragile, so they are not stored for long. Choose figs with slightly bent stems weary skin, which is a sign of ripeness and rich flavor. Avoid buying shrunken and squishy figs, especially if they are oozing from splits. Plan on eating them right away or store them in the fridge for a couple of days, although they are stored best at room temperature.
How to Make Baked Figs with Goat Cheese
First, cut off the stems and make an X cut in the top of each fig half way through. Now we are going to stuff them with soft goat cheese using a teaspoon. When you are done with that, sprinkle some chopped walnuts and sage on your stuffed figs and drizzle with honey. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Broil the figs in a hot oven for about 5 minutes or until they look soft and release juice. You can serve these baked figs warm or cold. They are delicious both ways.
What to Pair Figs with:
- Try to substitute goat cheese with ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella or blue cheeses like Gorgonzola or Stilton;
- Adding capers or olives highlights the sweet taste of figs and adds an extra savory note;
- A drizzle of lemon juice over figs will add a tangy touch to your figs;
- If not vegetarian, try wrapping figs in prosciutto ham and bake;
- Balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction pairs nicely with figs;
- Try using almonds, pistachios or pecans instead of walnuts;
- Substitute sage for rosemary, thyme or basil;
- Try adding warm spices like star anise, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg or cinnamon;
- Serve figs as an addition to your cheese plate and don’t forget the wine! 😉
Here is a recipe for my baked figs with goat cheese. Enjoy it on your next party or dinner gathering!
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