roasted figs with goat cheese, thyme and honey

by Jorden Nigro

Figs are still in the grocery stores. They are so yummy and there are endless things you can do with them. I have only started playing with figs in the kitchen over the past couple years. I have found a few recipes on line for roasting figs with goat cheese with a variety of other ingredients. I really like thyme with goat cheese and I generally have good honey on hand. So, the other night I made this appetizer to share with some friends coming for dinner. It was quick, easy and good.

Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese, Thyme and Honey

8-10 fresh figs
goat cheese
olive oil
good honey
fresh thyme

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse figs and cut off the tops. Slice an X in the top of the figs, going fairly deeply into the fig. Stuff each fig with a goat cheese (about a teaspoon’s worth in each fig). Drizzle olive oil into a baking dish. Put each stuffed fig in the dish, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with fresh thyme. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until the figs have started to get soft and juicy. Remove and transfer to a platter drizzled with honey. Drizzle more honey over the top of the figs and add more fresh thyme. Serve alone or with a sliced fresh baguette. If you serve with a baguette, the entire fig can be smeared across the bread. Otherwise, you can just pop the whole figs right in your mouth. One of the best parts of serving with bread is to use the bread to soak up the honey and the juices from the figs on the plate. YUM!