Honey Roasted Figs
Can fresh figs get any better? Possibly.
I am always looking for a way to change up and class up a cheese platter. I love adding in surprisingly extra, like little pieces of honeycomb, or an unusual jam or condiment.
For this one I just sliced some figs in half, threw them sliced side up on a baking sheet, put a shard of butter on top of each, drizzled over a teeny bit of some truffle honey that I was gifted (the smell alone is pure heaven, but you can certainly use plain old honey instead), sprinkled on a few flakes of sea salt, and roasted them in a preheated 350°F oven for 20 minutes until they softened and caramelized a bit. (The word “caramelized” has never left the go-to word lexicon. It’s possibly the loveliest food word there is).
I made these and served them up along with some slabs of a semi-aged goat cheese for a friend’s bridal shower. Usually I get a bit crazy with cheese platters, in a more is better way. This time I wanted to show off the figs, so I held back.
Some crusty sliced bread on the side, a few lime wedges for optional squeezing over the figs, and you are in business. Or, skip the lime and drizzle over a few drops of balsamic vinegar. If you happen to have a good bottle of aged balsamic, use that – this is exactly the time and reason to break it out.