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Figs Stuffed with Goat Cheese, Balsamic Drizzle, Chopped Pistachios

September 18, 2017

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Not only are figs in season now, but this is one of the world's quickest and easiest recipes, not to mention the delicious flavors. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

It's a pleasure to have seasonal dishes and fresh figs are one of those pleasures. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
On Thursday night, this was dessert. Warm figs just out of the oven. You could add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, to a dish like the one above; or serve the vanilla ice cream with warm figs on top, sprinkled with the toasted pistachio nuts. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Ingredients

1/2 cup chopped pistachios

Oil to grease a baking sheet

2 ounces, or more, of soft, creamy fresh goat cheese

Several tablespoon of your best aged balsamic vinegar, or fig balsamic vinegar

12 or more fresh figs, washed, drained and patted dry with paper towel

Just a few choice ingredients: fresh figs (from Turkey), goat cheese (the creamy type, not the crumbly), pistachios pre-shelled (from Turkey), either aged balsamic vinegar or fig balsamic vinegar (I've used both, which are good). ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Chop the pistachios, then toast them; set aside

Toasting the pistachios. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

‍3. Use your fingers to roll the goat cheese into 24 1/2 teaspoon-sized balls.

4. Run the figs under cold water, then dry them.

5. Cut figs in half and put into a baking dish.

6. Press a cheese ball into the center of each fig.

Cut figs in half and press a small goat cheese ball into the center. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

‍7. Sprinkle chopped pistachios over all the figs and cheese.

8. Drizzle the balsamic over each fig.

9. Just before you're going to serve the figs, put in oven for 10 to 15 minutes. When the cheese starts to melt and/or turn golden, remove from oven.

Ready to go into the oven. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

10. Serve as an appetizer or as a dessert. Consider serving the figs as a side dish with fish, poultry, beef or lamb.

Depending on your oven, bake at 375 degrees, for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the goat cheese gets melty and the pistachio nuts become a little more brown. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
OUTSTANDING !  ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
This whole dish of baked figs with goat cheese, is just about gone. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
A light sweet (bubbly) wine was just the thing for the baked figs and cheese. We considered pairing with Bellinis; maybe next time. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

After a wonderful lazy August filled with lots of music and theater, it's requiring a bit of an effort to get back on track. However, during August, with our loyal readers in mind, we did experiment with lots of new recipes, so stay tuned. Here's to a happy harvest as fall emerges in all its glorious reds, yellows and oranges. 

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Bon Appetit!

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