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Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese and Thyme
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Every summer, when the figs start to ripen, I find myself searching out new ways to prepare them. Figs are an amazingly versatile fruit, going just as well in savory dishes as in sweet ones.
This recipe combines the perfect mixture of sweet and savory into one delicious and addicting dish.
With fresh and healthy ingredients, you can serve this to your guests and be proud -- and never have to admit it only took you 15 minutes to make, including the cook time!
- 15 ripe figs
- 4 oz plain goat cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Remove stems and slice figs in half lengthways
- Lay fig halves on a baking tray, cut side up
- Divide goat cheese between them, placing a nice dollop on each cut surface
- Sprinkle with fresh thyme
- Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven, and enjoy!
Choosing the best figs
Ripe figs may be purple, golden, or green, depending on the variety. Choose figs that feel VERY soft to the touch -- almost like plump water balloons. Avoid any that are still hard, or those that look squashed. Figs are fragile and easily damaged, and this allows them to spoil quickly.
The best figs should have a sweet, honey-like scent when smelled.
Slicing the figs
Wash your figs well, then remove the stems with a sharp paring knife. On a cutting board, slice the figs in half lengthwise. Be sure to use a sharp knife for this, as a dull one may just squish particularly ripe fruits.
Preparing for baking
Arrange all the figs cut-side up on a baking tray [you may have to take a little slice of skin off the back side of some of them to make them lie evenly. This is fine.]
Divide your cheese evenly between the figs. Resist the temptation to pre-sample -- they're good now, but they'll be better later!
Dust the tops with your fresh thyme leaves, and pop the whole pan in the oven at 400F for ten minutes.
Take them out, arrange on a serving plate, and devour! Best served hot or warm, and fresh from the oven.
Happy cooking and I hope you enjoy them!