Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese and Balsamic-Agave Glaze
Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese and Balsamic-Agave Glaze are always delicious for a healthy treat! This is a dish that doesn’t have much added sugar, and these tasty roasted figs are gluten-free and would make an easy dessert for a special meal. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
Occasionally for Thursday Treats, I shine the spotlight on recipes that are a bit higher in carbs or more indulgent than my usual low-carb offerings; the Thursday Treats are not always sweet, but they’re always something delicious that you might enjoy once in a while for a healthy treat; enjoy
I love it when people give me things from their gardens, and I came up with these Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese and Balsamic-Agave Glaze when the garden windfalls included a container of fresh figs my brother Rand picked from his tree. Figs don’t grow in Utah so I haven’t eaten them that often, but I think these are Mission Figs, named for the Fathers who settled California. This was my first time cooking figs, so I used Food Blog Search to find interesting things that other food bloggers had done with them.
I wanted a dish without added sugar, and I’m a fan of savory-sweet combinations, so I adapted a couple of roasted figs ideas into something that was perfect for me. I loved everything about how these roasted figs turned out, and I think this would make a lovely appetizer or not-too-sweet dessert for a dinner party if you’re lucky enough to have fresh figs where you live.
I had eaten a few of the figs by the time I got around to cooking some, but for this recipe I considered two figs (four halves) to be an appetizer or dessert serving. You can adapt the recipe for as many figs as you have on hand! If you had individual little ovenproof dishes that would hold four fig halves for each person, that would be a lovely way to serve this for a dinner party. I used this casserole dish which held the four figs I used. Start to preheat the oven to 400F, and then spray the dish with a little non-stick spray or brush with olive oil. Cut off the stem end of each fig, and then cut them in half lengthwise and lay in the dish.
Cut a thin slice of goat cheese and lay on top of each fig half. If you keep the goat cheese in the fridge until right before you cut it, it’s easier to slice. Whisk together the balsamic vinegar and agave nectar to make a syrup that will be drizzled over the figs and goat cheese before roasting. (I used Amber agave nectar, but I think light would also be fine. You could use honey if you don’t have agave nectar, but it’s not as diet friendly if you’re watching carbs. By the way, if you’ve been reading the warnings about certain brands of agave nectar, here is why I think my brand of agave nectar is safe and information about some of the myths concerning agave nectar.) Drizzle the balsamic-agave glaze over the figs and goat cheese.
Roast for 15-18 minutes, or until figs are hot and slightly cooked and cheese is melted. You can use a spoon to drizzle more glaze over the top halfway through the cooking time if you’d like. Serve hot and enjoy!
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Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese and Balsamic-Agave Glaze
Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese and Balsamic-Agave Glaze are always delicious for a healthy treat!
- 4 ripe figs (see notes)
- 8 thin slices of goat cheese
- 1 1/2 T good quality balsamic vinegar
- 2 T amber or light agave nectar (Can also use honey, but it’s not as carb friendly.)
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste (I didn’t use a lot of either)
- Preheat oven to 400F/200C.
- Spray a small baking dish with non-stick spray or brush with olive oil.
- Cut the stem end off of each fig, then cut figs in half lengthwise and lay in baking dish with cut side up.
- Cut 8 thin slices of goat cheese and lay on top of each fig half. (If you have a larger roll of goat cheese you could cut 4 slices, then cut each in half.)
- Whisk together balsamic vinegar and amber or light agave nectar, then drizzle over the cheese-topped figs.
- Lightly season figs with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
- Roast for 15-18 minutes, until the figs are hot and lightly cooked and cheese is melted.
- You can use a spoon to drizzle more glaze over the figs halfway through the baking time if you’d like.
- Serve hot, and wait for compliments!
- And if you have a brother with a fig tree, be sure to tell him how much you liked it so you can get more figs delivered in the future!
I used Mission Figs that my brother Rand brought me from California.
Low-Carb Diet Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese and Balsamic-Agave Glaze are probably too high in carbs for a traditional low-carb diet plan, and if you’re following the South Beach Diet or a low-glycemic eating plan, this would definitely be an occasional treat. You could use an approved sweetener to replace the agave nectar if you wanted to reduce the carbs.
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