Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fall Fruits - Figs

When we think of Autumn, sometimes the only fruits we think of are apples and pumpkins (actually a veggie). I took a walk across my back yard this morning and picked a couple of fresh figs from the tree.

The fig tree is easy to grow, a lovely addition to the landscape, and it provides an abundance of sweet, fleshy fruit. It can be eaten out of hand by itself, served with cheeses or there are numerous recipes for fig preserves and jams.

Here is your Fall Recipe of the Day!

Or maybe two!

First a Savory Appetizer...YUMMO!


* 6 figs, halved
* 6 ounces goat cheese
* 1/2 cup toasted, chopped pecans
* 3 slices bacon, cut in half


1. Preheat the broiler.
2. Stuff fig halves with goat cheese. Press pecans into the cheese. Wrap each stuffed fig half with half a slice of bacon, securing with toothpicks.
3. Arrange on a medium baking sheet. Broil 5 minutes, or until bacon is evenly brown and crisp and goat cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.

A sweet neighbor brought me a jar of these delicious preserves last Fall..I couldn't believe they weren't made from fresh strawberries!


3 c. soft ripe figs, mashed
2 c. sugar
6 oz. strawberry Jello

Mix all together and cook 30-45 minutes. Put in hot jars and seal. Taste just like strawberry preserves.


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