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Cheese Stuffed Figs with Toasted Pecans and Balsamic Drizzle

Cheese Stuffed Figs with Toasted Pecans and Balsamic Drizzle

(This giveaway is now closed.)

I grew up eating figs.  My grandfather has always had fig trees in his yard, and I’m not talking just 1 or 2 either.  At his last house, I may or may not have counted at least 5 fig trees in his little backyard.  I guess you can say, we liked our figs…must be an Italian thing.  And I have to tell you if you like figs, there is nothing like eating a fresh picked fig right off the tree in your own yard.

I’m a big fan of dried figs too.  I love snacking them all on their own, but this little concoction is a nice little treat…especially if you are having some guests over or are headed to a party.  They are super quick to put together and look nice on a plate.  What’s also great about this little appetizer is that its different…with each bite you get sweetness from the fig and balsamic, salty from the cheese and a nice crunch from the pecan.  Good stuff.

Cheese Stuffed Figs with Toasted Pecans and Balsamic Drizzle

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Cheese Stuffed Figs with Toasted Pecans and Balsamic Drizzle

Ingredients:

  • 24 dried figs
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup fresh grated asiago cheese
  • pinch fresh ground pepper
  • 24 toasted pecans
  • Balsamic Glaze

Directions:

  1. In small bowl combine combine gorgonzola, asiago and fresh ground pepper. Using a small knife, make slit into side of dried figs (do not cut all the way through, but almost the entire length of fig). Using your hands, stuff fig with about 1/2 teaspoon of cheese mixture (more or less depending on size of fig). Top with toasted pecan and press down. Line up on plate and drizzle with balsamic glaze right before serving.

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Cheese Stuffed Figs with Toasted Pecans and Balsamic Drizzle

A few facts about figs:

  • The fig tree is the symbol of abundance, fertility, and sweetness.
  • Figs provide more fiber than any other common fruit or vegetable.
  • Although considered a fruit, the fig is actually a flower that is inverted into itself.
  • Figs contain natural humectants – properties that extend freshness and moistness in baked products.
  • Figs are fat-, sodium- and cholesterol-free.

Giveaway:

Last week, The California Fig Advisory Board sent me a very generous shipment of a variety of dried figs along with a nice tote bag, t-shirt and lots of  recipes.  They also want to share a box of goodies with one of YOU.  In order to enter the giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite way to eat figs, dried or fresh.  Giveaway will end Tuesday, November 30 at 12 am eastern standard time. I will choose a winner using a random number generator and will announce the winner on Wednesday December 1.  Sorry, but this giveaway is open to US addresses only.

Bonus Entries can be earned by:

1. Become a fan of Aggie’s Kitchen on Facebook.  “Like” Aggie’s Kitchen then come back to this page and leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

2. Follow @AggiesKitchen on Twitter, then come back to this page and leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

3.  Become a fan of The California Fig Advisory Board on Facebook.  “Like” them and then come back and leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

Good luck!

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72 comments on “Cheese Stuffed Figs with Toasted Pecans and Balsamic Drizzle”

  1. I am an Aggie’s Kitchen FB fan.

  2. I follow Aggie’s Kitchen on twitter.

  3. I like figs in salads and chocolate covered figs.Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  4. I just liked the CA fig board on FB.

  5. I LOVE figs. My dad had several trees, so I used to have access to as much as I wanted. He loved the fig preserves I made. I’m also a fan on FB!

  6. I’m a fan on FB

  7. This is such a beautiful dish Aggie- perfect with the holidays coming up. I swear, you have the best party food 🙂 And this fact is so fun: the fig is actually a flower that is inverted into itself.I had no idea! I love eating figs dried, whole!

  8. My favorite fig is right off the tree warmed by the sun. Oh such sweet memories. But I also make an appetizer that my mother called cockroaches. It is a dried fig stuffed with a pecan and wrapped with a thin length of bacon. Bake in the oven until the bacon sizzles. Yummm

  9. These do sound amazing Aggie. I can’t imagine having fig trees in out backyard, but if we did I wouldn’t have been over 30 when I tried my first fig!

  10. These looks like a perfect holiday party treat!

    I love figs on a flatbread pizza with goat cheese, arugula, and drizzle of reduced Balsamic vinegar.

  11. That recipe is amazing..
    waaahh, too bad I can’t join cause we don’t have figs here!

  12. I have only eaten dried figs or fig newtons (embarrassing). I honestly do not know how to fix fresh figs – would love to read more from your site about how you use them and how to prepare them. And is there a way to make homemade fig bars, so I don’t need to buy the prepackaged kind? Thanks!

  13. This recipe sounds delicious! I love figs any way, but the fresh ones are a treat that I can’t get very often. I would love to have my own fig trees!

  14. The only figs I have had are in fig newtons. I know I’m missing out but I’ve never had the chance to try fresh or dried figs. I’d love to win so I could try them. Your appetizer looks great.

  15. You made figs exactly how I love them…with cheese! I also once had a fig bread and that was pretty amazing.

  16. I’m a fan on facebook!

  17. I’m also a fan of CA figs!

  18. These figs look great!! Thank you for sharing!

  19. I adore figs and think they are the perfect pairing for cheese. Great recipe!

  20. I love dried figs…and so does my 3 year old….our favorite way to eat them is as a snack after time at the swimming pool with a little cheese….

  21. I have never eaten a fig

  22. I am a friend on FB

  23. These look awesome! Grumpy saw me looking at fresh figs in the grocery. I was in awe as I had never seen them before. He said “what would you want them for?” My response? To eat of course! ha ha. I think I need to buy some the next time I’m there if I am lucky enough to find them again!

  24. I am a FB fan of yours!

  25. I follow you on twitter!

  26. I know “like” California Figs on FB! 🙂

  27. I like them wrapped in bacon and then baked.
    I’m not a huge fan of gorgonzola, what do you think about goat cheese instead?

  28. I love figs, especially in a Newton. I do like them dried though and chopped up in cookies.

  29. I am a fan on Facebook.

  30. We like them both – fresh and dried – both delicious!

  31. I am a fan on Facebook!

  32. I “like” California Figs on Facebook!

  33. One of the most delicious ways to eat figs is in a “Figs and Port Wine” sauce over Pork Tenderloin! Very elegant and easy! YUM!

  34. Baked brie topped with figs is delicious!!

  35. I am an Aggies fan on FB!!

  36. And now I loke California Figs on FB too!!

  37. i love figs!

  38. I like them dried.

  39. I like them dried! Great appetizer!

  40. i’m a fan on FB, and I am going to try your recipe – that’s the way I like figs!

  41. I love figs dried and fresh, this recipe looks yummy

  42. fan of Aggie’s Kitchen on Facebook – Charlene G

  43. Following @AggiesKitchen on Twitter – @Btrflywmn

  44. fan of The California Fig Advisory Board on Facebook – Charlene G

  45. Figs, love them fresh AND dried!!

  46. I like figs stuffed with goat cheese and drizzled with honey.

  47. I don’t yet have a favorite way to eat figs, although there’s a homemade fig newton recipe that I’ve been itching to try, so I’d love some figs for that!

  48. I like my figs dried, thank you.

  49. I follow you on fb

  50. I liked the fig board on fb

  51. mmmm, great giveaway! i like them in jam!

  52. Do Fig Newtons Count as a favorite way to eat them??? lol
    Love the salty sweet combo of your recipe.

  53. I’ve actually never had a fig, but have a whole family willing to give them a try 🙂 The recipes would be especially helpful!

  54. I “Like” you on Facebook.

  55. I love them as fig bars with a crumb crust and topping. Thanks for the giveaway!

  56. Following you on Twitter now too, tweet tweet!

  57. I am a FB Fan and twitter fan

  58. My dad makes an awesome fresh fig, nut and cream cheese dip every thanksgiving. It’s delicious!

  59. This recipe looks amazing!! Please sign me up for this giveaway – the first thing I will make is this sweet & savory treat! xo

  60. oh yummy. this looks like a contender for the holiday appetizer potluck party i’m attending at work later this month. thanks for sharing your recipe. no doubt this will have my co-workers raving! and i’m too late for your giveaway, oh well.

  61. I love figs and cheese together! Sometimes I use dates, and then I wrap the whole thing in prosciutto or bacon and broil. An amazing taste sensation!

  62. Oh my! I LOVE figs, pecans and cheese individually. What a combination. I will have to try this next year when my dad’s fig tree is full of ripe figs again. Thanks!

  63. Pingback: #Figlove: Cheese Stuffed Figs with Toasted Walnuts | Pippis in the Kitchen Again

  64. Choosing my best way to eat dogs is like asking me to choose my favorite child. Fresh, dried, alone, in things, they are all wonderful.  That said, I love them dried with a little cream or similar cheese and a gently roasted pecan. Great combination!!!!

  65. Oops! That was supposed to be FIGS, not dogs!!!😆😆

  66. I just became a fan of Angie’s Kitchen on Facebook!

  67. And I just be became a fan of the California Fig Advisory Board!

  68. I love figs right off the tree!
    I liked cfab on Facebook and Twitter…
    I’m also a fan of Aggies kitchen!!