Savory Figs

I’ve had figs for dessert before but never have tried preparing them as starters. The figs at the supermarket yesterday were so inviting so I bought a few, searched for a recipe online and found this grilled figs recipe. I wouldn’t exactly call them grilled because they were actually baked but any way to melt the cheese is fine I guess.Ingredients

  •  fresh figs, one per person
  • gorgonzola or buffalo mozzarella cheese, crumbled (We’re not really big fan of blue-veined cheese in the family so I used buffalo mozzarella instead.)
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) olive oil
  • 1 tbs brown sugar or honey
  • 40ml (2 tbs) balsamic vinegar
  •  watercress leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Cut a cross in the top of each fig, top with a heaped teaspoon of gorgonzola, and place in an ovenproof dish. Place two tablespoons of the olive oil, the sugar and vinegar in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Drizzle a little of the balsamic mixture over each fig and bake in oven for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted. Place the watercress leaves and remaining olive oil in a bowl, season well with salt and pepper and toss to combine.
  4. As a starter, divide watercress between plates ( depends on how many you are serving) and top each with a fig. Drizzle with any remaining vinegar. Or serve them on a plate to share.
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6 thoughts on “Savory Figs

  1. Very lovely. Figs and Gorgonzola are friends. Good ones…

  2. Such a beautiful presentation!

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