Blue Cheese Stuffed Figs

Margie Bruner - Glory Kitchenby: Margie Bruner, owner of Glory Kitchen
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Fresh figs are delicate, seasonal, and sometimes hard to come by so when they become available I like to try and showcase the tender fruit as much as possible.  These Blue Cheese Stuffed Figs are a showstopper appetizer and make a nice fruit and tangy cheese combination.  By keeping it simple the organic shape and deep colorations of the fig can be highlighted and the contrasting flavors taste amazing.

The sharp and salty flavor of blue cheese paired with the sweet and tender flesh of a ripe fig are a perfect match.  With the added sweetness of fragrant honey and the crunchy almonds and spices from our Glory Kitchen Mumbai nut and spice mix, you get a great bite of variety.  The Indian flavors from the Mumbai mix add an interesting note of heat and spice to the otherwise sweet and creamy bite.

Blue cheese is a blanket term for a creamy but pungent cheese which has blue or grey cultured mold veined throughout.  Blue Cheese can go by many names and some, such as Roquefort, Gorgonzola, and Stilton carry a protected designation of origin label, which means to be called such, they must originate from that particular European region.  Blue Cheeses without a protected origin name are simply called “blue cheese”.  Regardless of they type of blue cheese used, the unique sharp flavor is a perfect contrast to the sweet fig.

Other Glory Kitchen nut blends which could also work well with this appetizer are the Cairo Middle Eastern blend or the Provence French blend.  If using the Provence blend, I would allow it to saturate in the honey for a few minutes before adding the drizzle to help reconstitute the dried herb flavors. Go find some figs and pair these little flavor bites with a nice, cool, glass of wine.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Figs

Yield: Serves 8-10

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Allow the block of blue cheese to come to room temperature.
  2. After washing and drying figs, snip the stems off and cut an X in the top until the knife reaches about half way down the fig. Do not cut all the way through.
  3. Take a spoonful of cheese and with the fig in one hand and the cheese in the other, carefully open the fig and stuff the cheese into the center cavity. Work gently so the fig stays intact and does not bruise or disfigure.
  4. Arrange the stuffed figs on a serving platter, drizzle generously with honey. Sprinkle the tops generously with Mumbai nut & spice mix.
  5. Garnish with thinly sliced fresh mint or tiny little mint leaves. Serve at room temperature as an appetizer with a crisp glass of wine.

Notes

These Blue Cheese Stuffed Figs would also be wonderful using the Glory Kitchen Cairo or Provence blends.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Figs - Glory Kitchen
Blue Cheese Stuffed Figs - Glory Kitchen
Blue Cheese Stuffed Figs - Glory Kitchen
Blue Cheese Stuffed Figs - Glory Kitchen