Every find yourself looking for an appetizer that is elegant to present but takes just minutes to prepare? Well, look no further, stuffed figs with balsamic vinegar to the rescue!
Figs are such an elegant fruit. They remind me of avocados; they give a dish an instant gourmet-factor. These tear drop beauties are the star of many recipes: slice them up and toss them on a pizza along with some gorgonzola cheese, load them in a caramelized onion and asiago panino, or add them to a fresh mozzarella salad. And, then of course you can use them for salsas, jams, pies and marinades—oh, how I love you figs and your versatility.
I like to use figs as edible containers for creamy Italian cheeses like ricotta, stracciatella and goat cheese. Of course, good balsamic vinegar drizzled on top is a natural companion. If you like a little crunch, you can also add a few caramelized walnuts.
One of the best parts about this recipe is how you can put it together in just a few minutes. I love having a few recipes up my sleeves for unexpected guests. Bring out these stuffed figs on a platter with a bottle of good red wine and your friends will start calling you the next Martha Stewart. *Although, beware…that just may mean you’ll have more people dropping by in the future!*
- 6 figs
- ½ cup (100g) ricotta, stracciatella or goat cheese
- Good balsamic vinegar, as needed
- Wash the figs well then cut four slits on the top of each going only ¾ way through. Fill with a spoonful of ricotta, stracciatella or goat cheese. Drizzle on some balsamic vinegar. Buon appetito!