Like most people my age, the word "Fig" usually congers up childhood memories of a soft square cookie which came in stacks and was given out liberally at snack time. But fresh figs are nothing like the overly sweet, sticky figs we remember. In fact, fresh figs are quite delicate and can be used not only for dessert, but also for hors d'oeuvres. This fast, simple recipe can be either, and can be served hot or room temperature.
4 Ripe Black Figs
1/4 C. Honey
1-2 T. Soft Goat Cheese
1. Using a paring knife, slice off the tops of each fig. Next, make a cross on each to, gently opening it up to reveal the inside.
2. Place the figs on a large sheet of aluminum foil and drizzle honey over them. Close the foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.
3. Carefully place 2 figs on each plate. Divide the goat cheese evenly among each fig, placing it in the open center. Pour the hot honey from the foil onto the figs. Serve immediately, or at room temperature.
Use Blue Cheese, Marscapone or Yogurt instead of Goat Cheese.