Grilled Figs with Goat Cheese and Honey

Grilled Figs goat cheese honey

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
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Fresh Figs
  2. 4 tablespoons crumbled Goat Cheese
  3. 4 Walnuts
  4. Honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat your grill to medium-low heat, about 300 degrees.
  2. 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.
  3. Stuff each fig with about 1 teaspoon of goat cheese. Top with a walnut.
  4. Grill the figs for 6-8 minutes, until they are softened and brown slightly.
  5. Arrange the figs on a serving plate. Drizzle with honey. Serve immediately.
  6. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. 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.
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Beet Carpaccio Salad

Beet_Carpaccio_SaladGrowing up there were only a few vegetables that I really didn’t like. Sauerkraut, turnips and beets.

A few years ago I had dinner at a friend who (unaware of my revulsion to beets) prepared a Beet Carpaccio dish somewhat similar to the recipe in this post. Knowing he had gone through all the trouble of finding this recipe, buying the groceries and preparing the dish… I couldn’t find the guts to tell him I actually didn’t fancy beets that much. So, I prepared myself to trying to swallow as much of the dish as I could in a rapid time period, while displaying a happy facial expression at the same time.

When the plate arrived, I took my first bite, and I was… happily surprised!?! It wasn’t that bad at all! Actually, it was really yummy! That’s when I experienced first hand your pallet does change over time and finding the right way to combine ingredients and flavors can totally affect whether you love or hate a vegetable. Please feel free to try this recipe and find out if you like it too :) 

BeetCarpaccioSalad

Beet Carpaccio Salad
Serves 2
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Beet
  2. 1 Orange
  3. Goat cheese (40g / 1.2oz)
  4. A few hazelnuts or pistachio nuts
  5. Some watercress or a few leaves of lettuce
  6. Balsamic vinegar (1/2cup / 4.5oz / 120ml)
  7. Optional: 1 grapefruit
Instructions
  1. Start by making the balsamic vinegar reduction. Pour the balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Cook it for 5-15 minutes, or until reduced to a thicker glaze. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.
  2. Serve the beet raw or cooked, according to your liking. Peel and slice the beet as thinly as possible.
  3. Peel and slice the orange (and grapefruit) as thinly as possible.
  4. Arrange the beet, orange (and grapefruit), goat cheese, nuts and lettuce/watercress on a plate. Finish with a few drops of balsamic reduction drizzled on the plate.
  5. Enjoy!
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