I found the last vestige of figs at the farmer’s market this past weekend. I could not believe my luck and the farmer was actually shocked that she squeezed out one more lot of these divine figs. This is the only place I can find these luscious and brightly colored figs. The flavor is amazing along with the vibrant pink tones of the insides. I knew that I had to pay homage to the almighty fig.
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Some natural pairings with the fig in my house are honey and reduced balsamic vinegar. I thought why not create a fancy little bite that incorporated both. The tanginess of the goat cheese along with the sweetness of the honey and reduced balsamic is a perfect pairing. Now just add a glass of sparkling goodness and you have the making of a great kick off appetizer for the weekend or as like to call them – Friday Night Bites!
I so wish that figs were a year round fruit, but to my dismay, it is a limited offering. I was going to make more of my Balsamic Fig Jam but I realized that I still have close to 40 jars I canned last year. Next year, I will can like crazy. What is your favorite recipe to use with Figs?
Fig & Honey Infused Goat Cheese Bites
5 oz. Goat Cheese
2 teaspoon Honey
1 teaspoon heavy cream
16 Filo dough tarts
4 Figs, cut into quarters
½ Cup Balsamic Vinegar
In a bowl add the goat cheese, cream and honey. Cream together until smooth. Add to a piping bag or a small sandwich bag with a corner cut to pipe goat cheese. Lay the filodough tarts on a board and pipe in about 2 teaspoons of the goat cheese into each one. Lay a fig quarter on top and drizzle the reduced balsamic vinegar.
To make the reduced balsamic vinegar, add the ½ cup to a small skillet pan and heat over medium for about 10 to 15 minutes or until it reduces in half and has a syrup consistency.