Fresh Figs, Blue Cheese + Honey
The figs are finally ripening on the trees in our backyard. Tiny, purple -green black mission figs come first. They are small and sweet and, if the squirrels or birds don't get to them first, there is enough for a daily dose of nature's sweetness for several weeks.
One of my favorite ways to eat figs is right off the tree. I like to slice them in half and pair them with a wedge of Rogue River blue cheese and a scoop of Savannah Bee honeycomb. Serve with toasted baguette slices.
They won't be in season for long- so enjoy them while they are sweet and ripe.
Other ways to enjoy figs:
* Roast figs in the oven. Drizzle with Italian chestnut honey. Serve with grilled pork tenderloin or sauteed foie gras.
* Slice figs, toast Marcona almonds, and serve with baked brie.
* Wrap with pancetta, brush with oil and cook on the grill. Serve on the side or stuffed with grilled quail.
* Top a pizza or make a panini with fresh figs, gorgonzola and proscuitto
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