Fresh Figs, Bacon, and Goat Cheese With Balsamic Reduction

  • 3 to 4 slices smoked bacon (I used the most delicious bacon from Riverview Farms!)
  • 12 small fresh ripe figs, such as Brown Turkey or Celeste, halved lengthwise
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup (about 1 1/2 ounces) goat cheese (I used great fresh goat cheese from my friends at Decimal Point Farms)

Preheat the oven to 350° F. In a cast iron skillet, place the bacon slices and cook over medium-low heat, turning as needed until just beginning to brown. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Cut each bacon slice into 4 or 6 pieces.

Arrange the figs on a baking sheet, cut sides up. Brush the cut surfaces with balsamic vinegar. Place a piece of bacon on each cut side. Top with a small crumble of cheese. Bake until the figs are warmed, about 8 minutes. The cheese will not melt but may toast a bit.

While figs are cooking take remaining balsamic vinegar and cook in small saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until balsamic is reduced to thick syrup like consistency.  Let cool for a minute then drizzle over plated figs/bacon/goat cheese.

Serve immediately.

Growing your own fig tree is easy and rewarding.  I planted mine this spring and it easilly has produced enough figs its first season for me to make this dish several times.  Delicious!

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