Fresh figs are one of the few things each summer I look forward to. Southern summers are hot and muggy and generally stifling, but the garden comes alive. The peaches, figs, and tomatoes ripen and the world is full of sun and color. So despite the awful heat there are some joys. As the end of July/beginning of August approaches I know one thing I can look forward to—figs. Generally, I like to eat figs fresh and straight from a bucket with no frills. But, they go bad so quickly I often have far too many that go to waste. This year, I was given a whole bucket full. And after we indulged in as many as we could ear fresh, I dehydrated the rest and made a batch of these simple roasted figs with goat cheese and hot honey. It’s an easy way to use up some figs and feels incredibly indulgent. These would be great to serve at a small summer gathering, or eat straight off the plate at dinner as a treat. Use figs that are not too ripe, get a good goat cheese and don’t skip the hot honey—it finishes the dish with a perfect drizzle of sweetness and spice. Happy Fig season everyone!
20 Figs, stems removed, washed, and patted dry (try to use the less ripe figs for this and the ripe ones for dehydrating)
8 oz plain goat cheese (or use an herbed one)
Sprinkle of salt & pepper
For the Hot Honey:
2 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp red chili flakes
1. Preheat your oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
2. Quarter the figs, slicing only about 3/4 of the way down. You want the fig intact but split enough to stuff.
3. Fill each fig with goat cheese and then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 12 minutes. Meanwhile, stir the honey and red chili flakes together.
4. Remove the figs carefully from the pan and set on a serving plate. The figs produce some juice, and some of the riper figs may fan out and lose their shape a little. Fear not, they still taste fabulous! Drizzle with as much of the hot honey as you’d like and enjoy!
PS- Eat these like sushi, just throw a whole one in your mouth. Don’t try to be delicate about it or you’ll have figgy chin.