My boyfriend and I recently moved to a new place and so far, we absolutely love it! Let me tell you the reasons: First of all we have TWO avocado trees. Not one, but two. And they are huge. I never thought I’d see the day when I was tired of eating guacamole until now. We also happen to have a huge orange tree and a fig tree. Figs are new to me and below you will find my recipe for my first (and delicious) recipe for fresh figs- a great Thanksgiving snack!
My boyfriend Matt and I have lived together for about 3 years now, and we have always lived in apartments. We’ve had our share of loud Orange County freeway noises, little to no parking availability, loud and smelly neighbors, and no yard or porch except for the foot of space right by our front door. My poor little potted tomato plant barley stood a chance out there. So we found this little gem in the middle of Orange County, and now we dwell in a little house plopped right on a few acres of land with a plethora of fruit growing on trees all around us!
Trees, home-grown food, and open space is something that most people are probably used to, but for me here in So. Cal- it’s rare! Is it weird that I get so excited and maybe even a little weirded out that I am eating something that I literally just picked off a tree rather than buying it at the store? It’s SAD I know!
So in this post, I will share with you a delicious fig recipe- made from figs picked directly off of my tree! I was doing a little research about figs (to be honest, I had never eaten a fresh fig in my life) and I learned that figs are an excellent source of calcium and fiber. The fig tree has huge leaves that look like giant hands. The figs are ripe only when they feel soft when you squeeze them lightly. Unlike avocados, they will not ripen if you pick them too early. (The trick is to beat the birds, before they eat them!) Figs also do not have a long shelf life (about 2-3 days) once they are picked, so eat them quick!
So like I mentioned before, we had never eaten a fresh fig before so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like them. I roasted them in the oven with some balsamic vinegar and goat cheese, and as it turned out- I LOVE fresh figs! They are SO good and so sweet! I was blown away by the amazing flavor. I felt it could even make a great dessert, rather than a side dish like we ate it.
Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese
- Fresh figs
- Crumbled goat cheese
- Balsamic Vinaigrette
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Slice the figs in half, long ways, and lay them out on a cookie sheet. Drizzle each fig with balsamic Vinaigrette (I used Trader Joes brand)
Place some crumbled goat cheese on top.
Bake for about 15 minutes or until the cheese starts to brown.
Enjoy hot for an appetizer, snack, dessert, or side dish!