Bacon Wrapped Figs
Stuffed with Goat Cheese
Juicy fresh figs with crisp smoky bacon and goat cheese? YUM!!! This is one of my favorite go-to recipes year round. They work great as an appetizer, or you can serve them as a side dish with a balsamic mixed green salad and grilled chicken. It's also very versatile: you can change the cheese to blue cheese, Manchego or any other cheese that melts well. When fresh figs are not in season, dried figs make an acceptable substitute. Even dates make a wonderful change. You can even use pancetta or sliced prosciutto!
Serves 6, total time:
- ½ pound bacon, sliced thin
- 1 pint fresh figs
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350°F
- Lay the bacon onto a baking tray and bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes, just until the bacon starts to brown but is NOT yet crispy. Pull from the oven and let cool.
- While the bacon is cooking, cut a small X in the bottom of each fig. Sprinkle a tiny pinch of salt into the fig then stuff a little piece of cheese into the middle of the fig.
- Wrap each fig with bacon so that you start by covering the X cut into the bottom to prevent the cheese from leaking out. Secure the bacon with a toothpick. These can be made up to 2 days in advance.
- To serve, heat your oven to 450°F and roast the figs in the oven for 5 minutes or until the bacon is crispy. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before serving.