Last week we announced that we were going to start a new blog series about Grandma Inspired Fantastic Treats (GIFTs). This recipe kicks off the series and is most definitely inspired by our grandma, the original foodie in our life. We previously blogged about her love of Greek food in this post about Chicken Souvlaki.
Our grandma was very matter-of-fact, with a limited filter (aka she said exactly what was on her mind). A couple of years ago, our family travelled to the Midwest for a wedding. After the wedding, we spent some time at the bride’s house with our grandma’s sister-in-law.
The family had made a nice dinner and when we arrived at the house, they were still preparing the appetizer, bacon-wrapped, blue cheese stuffed, dried dates. Naturally, we jumped into help.
The new groom, showed us how to put them together, “First, you take the dried fig and then…” Our grandma jumped in before he could even finish his sentence.
“That’s NOT a FIG, that’s a DATE!” she proclaimed emphatically.
We all turned red, embarrassed by our grandma correcting this man she had just barely met.
“GrandMA,” we hissed at her.
“Whaaatt? That’s a date not a fig.” She showed no signs of self-consciousness.
The groom continued on like nothing happened and we eventually enjoyed the dried dates with melted blue cheese and crispy bacon.
While our grandma never made this tasty treat, as you can tell from this funny story, she definitely inspired it.
Finding Fresh Figs
We found the fresh figs for this recipe at Costco in the freezing, walk-in refrigerator room. According to an article by The City Cook, figs are in season from June to September. This jives with what we found out from the produce guy at our local Trader Joe’s.
Here we have our fresh figs! Plus some frying bacon – always a welcome sight!
While your bacon is frying, score those figs and get your blue cheese ready for action.
Cool bacon on paper towels and stuff figs with blue cheese.
Wrap stuffed figs with bacon and bake for 15-20 minutes at 350°F.
FIGS, GLORIOUS FIGS!
Another variation of this appetizer incorporates a pecan or walnut inside the fig with the cheese. We were not so keen on the idea at first, but after tasting this version, we believe the addition of a pecan would be absolutely perfect!
Bacon-Wrapped, Blue Cheese Stuffed Fresh Figs (GIFT #1)
- Fresh Figs
- Blue Cheese Crumbles
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Cover baking sheet with aluminum foil
- Par cook bacon so some of the fat is rendered but still soft enough to bend
- Let bacon cool slightly
- Quarter figs from the bottom, being careful not to slice completely
- Place cheese crumble into cavity
- Wrap bacon around the fig and use a toothpick to hold it all together
- Place on prepared baking sheet
- Bake for 15-20 minutes
- Let cool slightly