Put a little “fig” in your step! Figs are a regally beautiful fruit in all of their purple and green splendor, and they comport themselves so well as an appetizer or the perfect complement to grilled or roasted lamb, pork, or chicken. Add salty feta and earthy balsamic and you’ll wish you’d bought more figs! Sometimes figs are hard to find in the markets, but we’ve seen a lot of figs in the markets this year, which is so much fun.
To make these figs, simply cut open the top by making an “x” with a knife, and stuffed them with feta crumbles, drizzles with olive oil and balsamic glaze, and then roasted at a high temp or even broiled until the cheese begins to brown. If you are not a feta fan, simply replace the feta with crumbled blue cheese or gorgonzola and they will be just as delicious!
We really love this dish as a complement to chicken or lamb, but they can be a fun and interesting dessert, also.
Figs Roasted with Feta, Thyme & Balsamic Glaze
- 12 whole figs
- 3 oz. feta cheese (blue cheese or gorgonzola work well too)
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tbsp. balsamic glaze
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- Preheat oven to broil.
- Clean figs and place flat side down on a cutting board. Make a cross with a knife in the top (pointy) end of the fig and using your fingers, pull the four parts gently apart.
- Place the prepared figs in a baking dish, cut side up. Stuff the opening in each fig with a few crumbles or feta cheese.
- Drizzle olive oil and balsamic glaze over the top, sprinkle thyme leaves over each fig and season with salt.
- Broil until cheese just begins to brown and figs are heated through.
- Serve hot or at room temperature.