Sometimes it’s the most simple recipe that really shines. The sweetness of grilled figs stuffed with creamy goat cheese. A match made in heaven!
Serve while the figs are still warm, as an impressive first course. Add some watercress or arugula to make a lovely salad. Or replace the goat cheese with ricotta or yogurt for a luscious dessert. If you like a twist, you can also replace the honey with balsamic glaze (In a small saucepan simmer one cup balsamic vinegar and 2 tbsp honey over medium heat, 10 to 15 minutes, until reduced by half and balsamic is thick and syrupy).
All there is to them is cutting a pocket in some figs, stuffing them with goat cheese, add a crunchy walnut, grilling until softened and then finish with a drizzle of honey. Absolutely delectable!
Grilled figs with goat cheese and honey
- 4 Fresh Figs
- 4 tablespoons crumbled Goat Cheese
- 4 Walnuts
- Preheat your grill to medium-low heat, about 300 degrees.
- Cut two slits into the top of each fig, about two-thirds of the way down to the base (x-pattern / deep cross), and then give them a gentle squeeze to open them up slightly like a flower.
- Stuff each fig with about 1 teaspoon of goat cheese. Top with a walnut.
- Grill the figs for 6-8 minutes, until they are softened and brown slightly.
- Arrange the figs on a serving plate. Drizzle with honey. Serve immediately.
- Add some watercress or arugula to make a lovely salad. Or replace the goat cheese with ricotta or yogurt for a luscious dessert. If you like a twist, you can also replace the honey with balsamic glaze.
This is one of my all-time favorites: Goat Cheese Salad with a Honey Mustard Dressing!
For me this is sunshine on a plate. When I have an evening all by myself I often opt for this salad. I love to curl up on the couch with a good book while enjoying this lovely light salad.
It’s healthy and bursting with big bold flavors. Goat cheese creaminess, succulent sweet fresh mango, salt-punchy sundried tomatoes, crunchy walnuts and a tangy sweet-and-sour dressing of honey, lemon, mustard and dill. YUM!
It’s also on top of my list when I have a potluck dinner party, where everyone has been told to bring a dish. It can easily be prepared in advance, accompanies many dishes, it’s a cold dish (no fuss having to keep something hot) and most importantly: it’s a crowd pleaser!
Goat Cheese Salad
- 1 Mango
- 1/2 Cucumber
- 1 Apple
- (Lamb's) Lettuce
- Sundried Tomatoes
- Goat Cheese
- Lemon Juice
- Optional: bread or pasta
- Peel and slice the mango, cut the cucumber in slices, cut the apple into wedges (sprinkle with some lemon juice to prevent it from getting a brown color), coarsely chop the walnuts.
- Mix the lettuce, mango, cucumber, apple, walnuts, sundried tomatoes and goat cheese in a bowl.
- Make a dressing from the honey, lemon juice, mustard and dill (balance flavors to taste).
- Serve the salad with the dressing.
- Optional: add cooked pasta (cold) to the salad, or serve it with bread, to make it a main dish.