You know how I was nearly stung by a wasp while picking an over-ripe fig a couple of weeks ago? (I mentioned it in my fruit harvest post.)
I’ve been very careful since then. While figs ripen only a few at a time, I’ve found ways to use just a few each day. This “recipe” happened quite by accident – on a plate with a pork chop seasoned with Heinz Worcestershire Sauce™.
I know. Before you freak out about using that sauce, let me explain. HH loves the stuff, so I shake a splash over his pork chop while cooking, and some of it bleeds over onto mine. I have to say, this time, it worked to my advantage.
Bragg’s Liquid Aminos is a healthier alternative, but HH knows the difference and thinks nothing substitutes well for Worcestershire sauce.
I washed a few figs after returning from the local grocer for pork chops and a few other items. Goat cheese was on my list, but that store never has goat cheese. I thought I might get lucky and find some on a whim…not happening.
I needed a substitute. We had Feta in the fridge, so I split the figs in half and sprinkled them with Feta.
It was so quick to heat them in the microwave while cooking the pork chops on the stove top.
As I ate the figs with feta off my plate at dinner, I thought tasted good. Suddenly I took a bite where I recognized a distinct flavor addition. You got it…Worcestershire.
It was so good!
All the bites following, I tried to swipe what little amount of sauce was possible, but I had too little of it on my plate. Drats!
The next day, I had a plan for a new fig concoction for lunch. Shake, shake, shake!
After cutting about ten figs in half, I shook them around in the lidded container with 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, lined them in a shallow baking dish, and sprinkled them liberally with feta crumbles.
I baked them for 20 minutes at 375º and toasted some French bread slices. (If you’re in a hurry, cover the figs loosely and microwave on high for about two minutes.)
To help it stay on the bread easily, mash everything well after removing the dish from the oven. It may not look so good at that point, but sprinkle it with a little S & P, and no one will ever remember the looks (wink).
Yes, oh, my!
Do you want something printable to help you remember the process?
- 8-10 fresh figs, washed well and sliced in half
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ - ⅓ cup Feta cheese crumbles
- Vegetable spray
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Place prepared fig halves and Worcestershire sauce inside a small lidded plastic container. Shake, shake, shake. (10 seconds or so is good.)
- Dump marinated figs into a shallow baking dish prepared with vegetable pan spray.
- Sprinkle Feta crumbles evenly over figs.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
Quantities can vary according to your taste, but this is my recommendation for ingredients.
I hope you still have some fresh figs ripening. But, since it’s a little late in the season for many of you, I’ll try to remind you next summer.
Don’t you think it’ll be worth a try? 🙂