Figs are officially in season, my friends, but it never lasts long. In past years, I blinked my eyes and they were gone before I even had a chance to find them anywhere. Last weekend I was at the store and jumped for joy when I saw them. Once home, I stared and stared at the precious fruit I had just bought. I had absolutely no idea what I planned to do with them. I searched and searched for ideas both sweet and savory, but nothing was jumping out at me. Eventually I had thought about it for so long, nothing was even making sense. You know, sort of like when you read the same word over and over until it doesn’t even seem like a word anymore? Yeah, that.
I tasted a fig to see if that would inspire me, but was disappointed to find that the particular fruit I had bought was a bit lackluster. It tasted fine, but certainly not worthy of all the glowing words I’ve read about figs from others. So I decided to do what I often do with lackluster fruits and veggies – roast them. Roasting can bring out the best in so many things and I decided that would be the way to go. Finally, hunger plus a few random ingredients hanging around our shelves and fridge pulled together what you see here. Simple flatbreads are topped with a whipped goat cheese, caramelized onions, fresh greens, the roasted figs and a drizzle of honey. I was not sure what to expect but we loved the end result. The flavors all complemented each other nicely and all in all, this was a fantastic light and fresh late summer meal. What is your favorite thing to make with fresh figs?