Bacon Wrapped Fresh Figs

Want to know how to determine if a fig is ripe? A ripe fig will be soft to the touch and may exude a tiny bit of juice from the stem.

INGREDIENTS:

10 fresh figs, Black Mission or Calimyrna, cut in half through the stem
10 strips sliced bacon,* cut in half for 20 short strips
1/4 cup cheese, softened (cream cheese, goat cheese or blue cheese), optional but very nice
Honey
Flaky salt (like Maldon)
Fresh ground pepper

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and set aside.

Drizzle a few drops of honey on the cut side of the fig. Spread 1 teaspoon of cheese on fig. Dust the cheese with a pinch of flaky salt and a grind or two of pepper.

Wrap each fig with slice of bacon, overlapping ends under the fig. Place fig, cut side up, on prepared baking pan. (Repeat to finish all figs.)

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until bacon is browned and slightly crisped. Allow to cool on baking sheet for five minutes before serving.

Serve warm or room temperature.

*Do not use thick sliced bacon — regular or thin sliced is best for this recipe.

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