Author Notes: In a world that is complicated, sometimes too complicated, this recipe is simple…really simple. It’s figs, sugar, butter, beer, and goat cheese. And it’s delicious. I recommend serving them immediately, still warm, they are best that way. But on the off chance that you find yourself with a few left over, I assure you that they are delicious even when you grab them out of the refrigerator and stand over the sink late at night, indulging in those last few sweet, sticky bites. —Stephanie
Makes: 16-24 bites
fresh, ripe figs
1 cup + 2 tablespoons
cup pumpkin ale (or other medium bodied beer of your choice)
ounce goat cheese, crumbled
- Halve figs lengthwise.
- Pour 1 cup of brown sugar into a shallow bowl or dish. Press cut side of figs into sugar (doing so will start to pack the brown sugar, so you will need to rake or stir the sugar frequently to keep it loose). Repeat process twice with each fig.
- In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat.
- Once butter is melted, place figs, cut side down, in skillet. Let sit 2-3 minutes. Carefully turn each fig over and cook and additional 2-3 minutes. Remove figs from pan and set aside.
- Add remaining butter and 2 tablespoons brown sugar, stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in beer and let mixture reduce slightly.
- Pour caramel beer sauce over figs. Crumble goat cheese over top and serve.