Extra Extra! Get your fresh figs now! There should be someone shouting this on every corner. It is the end of summer and fig season will soon be over for another year. DRAT! But for now – we can all revel in the plentiful figs on our trees and at our markets. Git ‘em while they last! I posted a photo of STUFFED FIGS WITH BLUEBERRIES AND GOAT CHEESE the other day on Facebook and was deluged with requests for the recipe. Known for not walking away from a sincere request – I happily post the recipe now and you are gonna love it! Watch it! They are highly addictive!
Putting the figgies aside for a moment—a word or two must be said about the amazing “stuff” with which we propose to fill them. Goat cheese I say! Goat cheese is a good one for this – it is soft, savor, and subtle enough to take on the flavors of some of the other goodies we want to add – plus it is just GREAT with sweet figs.
Taking a page from Lieutenant Colombo: “One more thing – there are a couple of loose ends I’d like to tie up…” About the leftover stuffing – just tuck it in the refrigerator and use it as a spread for crackers! Let me make a fuss over this for a moment – as this cheesy stuff deserves it. It is absolutely amazing on crackers – so much so, that when figs are not available, I highly recommend making and using it as a spread. It’s just that good!
STUFFED FIGS WITH BLUEBERRIES AND GOAT CHEESE
Makes: stuffs about 2 dozen figs
Prep: 30 minutes
8 oz. Goat Cheese’
1 Cup Fresh Blueberries
1/2 C. Walnuts – chopped coarsely
2 Tbsp. Crystallized or Candied Ginger – chopped finely
1/4 Tsp. Cinnamon
2 Tsp. Fresh Orange Zest
1 Tsp. Vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. Honey
About 24 fresh figs
Balsamic Glaze – optional
Mash the goat cheese in a bowl with a fork
Add the walnuts, ginger, cinnamon, zest, vanilla, and honey.
Fold in the berries.
Refrigerate until ready to use.
Rinse your figs and remove any stems.
Slice the figs vertically 3/4 of the way down – turn the fig and do it again (do not cut all the way through). The fig will sort of look like a tulip.
Stuff some of the goat cheese mixture into the fig. Fill them quite full.
Refrigerate until ready to serve. You can make these several hours or a day ahead and refrigerate. Serve them at room temperature. Drizzle with Balsamic Glaze if you like – it’s a great flavor combo!
Guaranteed – you will love these STUFFED FIGS WITH BLUEBERRIES AND GOAT CHEESE!
PARLA COME MANGI!
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Food Photos By Tommy Hanks Photography