Stuffed Figs with Goat Cheese, Basil and Balsamic Reduction

Stuffed Figs

Oh, the elusive fig. Their season is short. Birds love them, so if you are lucky enough to have a tree nearby, you might find it picked clean before you can get a taste of the ripe fruit. But goodness, they are worth waiting for. A simple fig is one of my favorite late summer treats.

The gardeners at work have been bringing a large bowl full of perfectly ripe figs when they harvest three times a week. I will confess to eating them straight off the table. This time, I did sneak a few home, to make a fun appetizer for Vore and me.

This simple dish features the best of summer–ripe figs, basil and a perfect balance of sweet and savory. I filled the figs with a goat cheese/basil mixture, then topped with a balsamic reduction and a few pinches of KIND Oats & Honey Clusters with Toasted Coconut granola, for a little crunch. (Thanks for the delicious sample, KIND!) I think you’ll love them.

Stuffed Figs with Goat Cheese, Basil & Balsamic Reduction

6 ripe figs, any variety

2 tablespoons goat cheese crumbles

1 tablespoon fresh basil, finely chopped

a couple of grinds fresh black pepper

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

a tablespoon or so of your favorite granola, for topping

Figs step 1 a*Using a pairing knife, gently hollow out a little cubby in each fig. [Eat everything you scoop out, obviously. Waste not, want not!]

*In a medium bowl, mash together the goat cheese, basil and black pepper.

Figs step 2 a*Stuff a heaping half teaspoon of the goat cheese mixture into each of your figs. Give them a good push with your finger, being careful not to break the figs. Set them aside for a moment.

*Place the 1/4 cup vinegar in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Allow it to reduce into a thick syrup, stirring occasionally. Watch it carefully, as it burns quickly! Remove from the heat.

Stuffed Figs 1*Now then, you’re faced with a decision. You can briefly broil the figs for a minute or so (as I did in the pictured dish) or you can leave them raw. They taste great both ways!

*Plate the figs, drizzle with balsamic vinegar reduction and sprinkle with the granola. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and enjoy!

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