Fresh Grilled Figs with Goat Cheese & Basil

Grilled Figs and Goat Cheese with Basil

Every year, the wine guy and I mark our calendars for fig season. Today we rejoiced! Fresh mission figs were available at Costco. If you’ve never experienced grilled figs with dollops of goat cheese and basil… you haven’t experienced life. It’s a culinary delight.

Fresh grilled figs are a culinary delight.

The tray of figs were cut in half. Leave the seeds intact. I soaked wooden skewers in water for 20 minutes. This keeps the skewers from burning on the grill. You only need to grill for a few minutes under low heat.

Promptly remove the figs from the skewers and top each fig with a dollop of goat cheese. Fresh basil leaves add to the flavor. You may want to chop the basil first and then sprinkle on top of the goat cheese filling. This appetizer is best served warm, but the wine guy and I were headed out for a day on the lake. We put our coveted figs in a cooler and quite honestly they were tasty even when chilled.

 Grilled figs ready to fill with goat cheese.

We are picking up another tray of figs at Costco this week. There are 24 mission figs in a tray. Cutting the figs lengthwise yields 48 bite-size servings and is in the neighborhood of 45 calories per fig (including goat cheese and basil topping).

According to the California Fig Advisory Board, figs contain more fiber than other common fruits and vegetables. One medium fig contains 1.7 g of fiber. If you eat 4 ½ medium figs, you satisfy 30 percent of the daily recommended allowance for fiber. Fiber is essential to regular digestion, a healthy colon and beneficial in lowering lower cholesterol. Oh, and let’s not fail to mention that figs are a great source of calcium and potassium.
Pencil in a date night with a figs while they are in season.  

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