Fresh Figs with Maple and Hickory Smoked Bacon Glaze

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Fresh Figs with Maple and Hickory Smoked Bacon Glaze

Fall is just around the corner, and in Minnesota, fresh figs are in season. Unfortunately, around here, just like summer, fig season comes and goes much too quickly. My favorite thing about this elusive little fruit is its versatility and the excitement it can bring to a simple recipe.

Although I love incorporating fresh figs into many meals like my Warm Cinnamon Quinoa with Sweet Figs recipe for breakfast, or my
Arugula with Fresh Figs and Goat Cheese salad, for an easy lunch or dinner salad, I also love serving fresh figs as a surprisingly different take on the highly sought after appetizers table when ever I entertain; at least when figs are in season, anyway.

The combination of a sweet maple syrup glaze mixed with salty smoked bacon and a splash of rice vinegar topped with chunks of bacon bits spooned over fresh, soft, sweet figs is a mouthful of culinary heaven on the lips.

In the world of fantastic appetizer options, this has got to be my all time favorite. If fresh figs are in season in your area, give this recipe a try. It could just be one of your new favorites too!

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Fresh Figs with Maple and Hickory Smoked Bacon Glaze Yum
Fresh figs lightly drizzled with maple and hickory smoked bacon glaze is like a little taste of sweet and salty heaven on earth.
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Prepare the ingredients before starting.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, fry the bacon so that it is pliable, not crispy. Remove bacon from pan and transfer to a paper towel. Discard bacon grease, reserving 3 tablespoons for the glaze.
  3. Using same skillet, add bacon grease, olive oil, and scallions to the pan, sautéing over low heat for 30 seconds. Whisk in vinegar, syrup, mustard, salt, and pepper, and simmer for an 1 minute. While glaze is simmering, chop bacon into small pieces and add to glaze. Stir until well combined. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl to cool.
  4. Starting at the top, cut figs crosswise towards the base of the figs without cutting through the fruit, leaving 1/2-inch uncut at the bottom. Arrange figs on serving platter.
  5. Just before serving, stir glaze and lightly drizzle 1 teaspoon of glaze and bacon pieces inside and over each fig. Serve with blue cheese, goat cheese, or your favorite soft cheese and crackers.
Recipe Notes

Recipe by Lisa Soldo-Johnson for www.culinarybutterfly.com

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