We are on our third week of Summers Bounty, where I introduce you to the rare jewels of summer. First up was marionberrys, then pluots and now figs. I’m sure you probably have heard of figs before but they have such a short season, you blink and they are gone from the supermarket shelves.
Lusciously sweet, figs have a plethora of health benefits. They help lower blood pressure and are a good source of dietary fiber. Depending on which variety you snag, they also range in color and in texture.
Black mission is my choice due to the stunning contrast of the black skin and pink colored flesh. Since figs are one of the most perishable fruits, they should only be purchased them within a day or two in advance of when you plan on eating them.
It might seem as if this recipe takes a whole heck of a lot of time but it doesn’t! I’m all about stunning presentation without any fuss. Store bought puff pastry and quick caramelized onions are my secret to a party ready appetizer in less than forty minutes. Oh! And the onions? I totally sauteed them in bacon fat. Can you say holy yum? Enjoy.
If you decide to take a chance on this tart, don’t forget to #YNGBRKANDHNGRY on Instagram so I can see it. High five!
- 4 strips of bacon
- 1 package of puff pastry
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1½ teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 10 oz goat cheese
- 6 large black mission figs, sliced thinly
- Remove the frozen puff pastry from the wrapper and set aside on a prepared baking sheet while you began to prep the ingredients for the tart.
- In a heavy bottom pan, cook the bacon over medium heat until done. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Drain half the fat into a container to save for later and keep the other half in the pan.
- Preheat oven to 350 degree's F.
- Saute the onions, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar in the bacon grease for 10 minutes until translucent.
- Pile the onions and bacon in the middle of the puff pastry. Sprinkle with the goat cheese and then gently arrange the figs on top in rows, or however makes you happy. Fold the edges of the pastry over to make a extra thick rim. Brush with melted butter. Baked for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Serve.