Whenever I cook for friends, I love to make a lot of little things, not only because it is easy to prepare in advance, but also because it means that we will be sharing big plates of food.
These figs, baked in the oven, are something that my friend Ingrid impressed all of us with during our holiday in Barcelona in 2011.
We were blown away, but she assured us that it was one of the easiest things to make. Turns out, she couldn’t be more right! The flavor of the fig intensifies in the oven and the salty cheese forms the perfect contrast and marriage in one. This weekend is a very special one as we will be all together in Frankfurt. I can’t think of a better occasion than to surprise them with this after a long drive from Amsterdam. I guess the circle is round. 🙂
Fig season is really big in Germany and you can buy juicy, dark blue versions everywhere for a ‘Schnäppchen‘. I have tried different ways of preparing these but have found that the figs only lose a little of their juice in the oven when simply halved. A bit of the fig juice will release inevitably, but by shortly using the grill instead of the van oven that is reduced to a minimum. Plus, considering the small quantity it turns into a small pool of tasty syrup.
- 8-9 ripe figs, halved and the top removed
- 150 grams of goat cheese (I used President’s chevre, but any goat cheese will do)
- sprig of rosemary or thyme
- sprinkling of olive oil