Baked Figs with Peppered Goat Cheese

Hey ladies,

Greece has been on my mind lately- what with the recent political and financial upheavals. Beyond, the politics though- I’ve been thinking of the incredible generous, hard working Greek people that we know. I love Greece- I know we share that love in our family. One of my greatest and fondest memories of Greece was sitting with Maria- that summer after your wedding Hanin- eating the amazing figs she had picked that morning. So- I started craving figs. I found some decent ones in Vancouver- and decided I would try baking them. This recipe is adapted from the New York Times’ David Tanis recipe. Yum!

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Ingredients (serves 4-6 people as a starter):

  • 6-8 ripe figs
  • 1 small plain goat cheese log (such as Capriny)
  • LOTS of cracked pepper
  • 2 tbsp of walnuts
  • 2 tsp dry thyme (use fresh if available)
  • 1 tsp dry rosemary (use fresh if available)
  • Olive oil

Pre-heat your oven to 205 degrees Celsius (400 F).

Wash and slice your figs in half. Put a bit of olive oil in your hands and lightly cover all the figs- skin and flesh side. Place in your oven proof dish.

In a small bowl, add your cracked black peppercorns. I just took my peppercorns- put them in a tea-towel and rolled a rolling pin over them. Worked a treat. Then, take your goat cheese log and roll in the pepper to cover. Cut into 6-8 even slices (think one slice per whole fig). Put in oven proof dish and drizzle a bit of oil on the cheese. Sprinkle your herbs and place in your oven uncovered for around 15-25 mins until the cheese is a bit brown and the figs are golden.

While cooking- let’s toast the walnuts! In a dry pan over medium heat, place your walnuts. Shake around the pan until you get the smell of walnuts. Don’t burn them!

When the figs are baked- take them out of the oven, add your walnuts and then very briefly place under your grill (broil) for 2-3 mins.

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Serve hot or cold with a salad. Enjoy!

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6 thoughts on “Baked Figs with Peppered Goat Cheese

  1. Beth @ Culinary Correspondence July 25, 2015 at 11:59 pm Reply

    Holy cow girl this looks amazing! How about adding a balsamic vinegar reduction? DROOL!!!!

    Was this recipe amazing? It looks delicious!!

  2. Emily @ culinarycorrespondence.com July 26, 2015 at 4:39 am Reply

    It was super delicious 🙂 I was very pleased. Yes- you can try a balsamic reduction or even use some honey too. My figs were particularly ripe, so already very sweet so I didn’t think to add extra sweetness. 🙂

  3. Jan July 26, 2015 at 9:12 am Reply

    Em, I have never seen anything like this before and am very eager to try it. Re the situation here in Greece; people are getting on with their lives as best they can. There is a lot to worry about but they put a brave face on everything. On Milos, everyone is working extra hard to make sure that visitors have unforgettable holidays.

  4. Hanin July 28, 2015 at 1:59 pm Reply

    Emi this looks absolutely delicious!
    As you ladies know, I love to mix cheese with fruit, and figs are one of my favorites!
    Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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