Growing up in the Northeast, I rarely ate figs outside of their Newton homes. When I moved to San Francisco, I was overwhelmed by the blessings of its Mediterranean climate. My first apartment had not only a fig tree, but also a Meyer lemon tree and rosemary growing in such wild abundance, it was considered a weed. I don't have a fig tree in my garden now, so I eagerly await the month of August, when purple Mission figs and green Calmyra figs are widely available in farmers markets. For a simple and yet unbeatably delicious summer canapé, I combine the sweetness of perfectly ripened figs with the tangy contrast of goat cheese, accented by a sweet drizzle of honey. —Beautiful, Memorable Food
What You'll Need
fresh Mission figs
a few ounces
leaves of fresh mint, as optional garnish
Slice each fig into 4 disks, length-wise.
Use a knife or spreader to put a thin layer of goat cheese on each cracker.
Place a fig slice atop each goat cheese-topped cracker.
Drizzle each fig and goat cheese-topped cracker with a bit of honey. (Easiest with a honey bear.)
If desired, chiffonade mint leaves and sprinkle on top as an optional garnish.
I'm the author Spicebox Kitchen and a physician and chef who teaches healthy cooking classes in San Francisco at the Thrive Kitchen. Come cook with me! More information on Facebook at TheDoctorsSpicebox. To your health!