goat cheese stuffed figs
Julia Child made many mistakes. Her show thrived on the way she was effortlessly able to move on and recover after a major flop in the kitchen. While I have no cameras around me, or a world famous cookbook, yet, I have slowly but surely learned that there is no better way to fix a mistake than to laugh it off and move on. This admission moves me to my next point, I am no Scientist. Being an English major, words and writing have always been my thing. Science and math on the other hand, my nemesis. As quite the opposite of my brother, the Chemical Engineer, I made it through high school and college without ever taking a course in Chemistry. I have to say, I am doing just fine. The reason I am going into this whole science conversation with gorgeous photographs of figs within the post is because I made a huge mistake in the kitchen the day Anna Claire was over shooting this recipe. As I knew I needed to warm some honey, I thought, "why not take the easy way out and zap it in the microwave?" So into the microwave, in a glass dish (this is the key--a glass dish), I put 4 tablespoons of honey for about 30 seconds. Not even 20 seconds into my genius shortcut, a loud, shattering noise came from my microwave. The honey hardened and shattered the dish along with it. I am sure scientists/chefs/people with common kitchen sense would get a laugh out of this.
I wasn't the first, I am surely not to be the last...but just to prevent those that might be in the same boat and the random occurrence that you think it's a good idea to microwave honey in a glass...DON'T.
Now that we have all laughed and moved on, as Julia would, let me tell you a little bit about this dish. It is fast, flavorful and elegant. I love things that look fancy, yet take no time. Trust me, its harder to make sausage balls [bisquick + cheddar + milk] than it is these. Some people shy away from goat cheese, I used to be one of these people. If you start to introduce it into your life, in ways like this one, there will be no turning back. Goat cheese for the win.
- 10 figs
- 1 (4 oz) log of honey goat cheese *if you cannot find honey, just use regular!
- 8 tablespoons of honey
1. Preheat your oven to 400.
2. Here is the "hardest" part, quarter the figs about 3/4 of the way down. You need them to be able to still stand up without the flaps of the figs falling over. These are the pockets you are creating for the goat cheese.
3. Stuff each fig with about 1/2 teaspoon of the honey goat cheese, or more to taste. Place on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven about 8-10 minutes.
4. While the figs are roasting in the oven, heat in a small PAN, not in the microwave, the honey, until warmed through.
5. Remove the figs from the oven, drizzle with the honey and serve immediately.
Until next time, never ever ever heat honey in the microwave!