At the farmer’s market, during the summer, you may go one Saturday and find that the berries you thought you were going to buy are no longer available. Fresh fruit is always on our list, but buying locally, I have definitely branched out on the fruits I will try.
We were pleasantly surprised a few weeks last summer when Lyon Farms had fresh figs available. The only way I had ever had figs before was inside of a fig newton so I was game to try them. Figs are quite yummy, we found.
When we find a fruit that we like, we buy double and freeze some. This is a good thing now, in March, while we are running out of canned foods and there are still a couple of weeks before the markets are back in full swing.
Last night we went to wing night at a friend’s house, and made these fig appetizers out of some of the figs we had still frozen. Because I make tend to food the “Tom Sawyer” way, I also made my own French bread, but as that takes about 2 hours one day and 5 hours the next, well I realize not everyone has that kind of time. By all means, buy the bread, but definitely try this appetizer!
Fig and Blue Cheese Appetizers:
1 loaf of French Bread baguette
Fresh *frozen* figs, halved, thawed (from Lyon Farms)
1/2 Cup Blue cheese crumbles
1/2 Cup Walnut pieces
Honey/Agave nectar, to taste
- Cut the French bread into slices that are about 1/4 inch thick. Line up on a baking tray.
- In a small bowl, mix together the blue cheese, walnuts and just enough honey or agave to hold them together.
- Scoop about a tablespoon of this mixture onto each piece of bread.
- Place 1/2 of a fig on top of each piece of bread.
- Drizzle the top with more honey or agave.
- Broil just long enough for everything to ooze together.
Yummy, healthy and local snack or appetizer: you must try this!