Apparently figs are considered a sexy fruit. Had I known I would have started enjoying figs sooner and more often. Actually…sexy how exactly? A fig is kind of weird-looking, brown, pointy, sometimes greenish-yellow and pointy. I think it has something to do with when you slice one open. I’ll leave that to everyone’s imagination. This should spark some kind of conversation if nothing else.
All I know is that I wanted to bring something to brunch and for some kooky reason I was craving figs and bleu cheese. The balsamic reduction just makes it all fancy and stuff.
Again this is one of those super easy, fab recipes that makes you look like some kind of culinary rock start with your own show, with an unlimited budget and minions to do your prep and clean up. I for one would enjoy having minions. Even one minion would be lovely.
People will tell you they’ve never had a fig. Once you’ve had one of these figs you will be a changed person. In a good ‘fig loving’ kind of way.
One basket of fresh, lovely, hopefully unblemished and not squished figs
A block of your favorite blue cheese, or goat cheese or any soft kind of cheese that makes you swoon
1 cup balsamic vinegar
2 T brown sugar
1 T soy sauce
To prepare the Balsamic Reduction
Add the vinegar, brown sugar and soy sauce in a pot
Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer, cook for about 20 minutes until the vinegar is reduced and thickened
Once you’ve let it cool you will have this sweet little sauce that you can pour over chicken, pork, and of course your figs
To prepare the Figs
Cut figs in half
Cut up bits of cheese
Smoosh a bit of cheese into the center of the fig
Wait, then you spoon some of the balsamic reduction over the figs and then you’re done
Until next time…Moose out