Grilled Fig Bruschetta with Gorgonzola and Honey

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Figs. I really hated them as a child. My lovely Swedish grandmother often baked fig-filled cookies that were frankly just plain icky, and as a result, I grew up with a severe dislike for figs.
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I’ve been slightly more adventurous as an adult. I made a chicken dish with figs last year that I fell madly in love with. I churned up fresh fig ice cream this summer that was absolutely dreamy. And I’ve even taken to slicing fresh figs in half and popping them into my mouth, savoring the sweetness and texture that figs tend to bring.
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I had just a handful of these gorgeous, delicious wonders (picked up at Specialty Produce) to create something with one recent summer eve. Since we were grilling up some other things for dinner, I decided to throw the figs on the grill too.
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Drizzled with a little bit of olive oil, I grilled them just until they were soft and then slid them onto a cutting board and chopped them up. I sliced a baguette and grilled some bread slices too.figbruschetta4
The grilled bread was topped with a spoonful of grilled, chopped figs, a sprinkle of gorgonzola and a drizzle of honey.
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This turned out to be one delicious fig experiment.  My 8 year old gobbled these up as eagerly as my husband and I did.   The bruschetta were a nice prelude to a light dinner of grilled fish and watermelon salad.  Perfect for summer.

I’m delighted that it appears my child is growing up with an appreciation for figs instead of harboring hatred for this underappreciated fruit. Perhaps one day he’ll be able to tell a story on his food blog about how his mother did fabulous things with figs.  I’d sure prefer that over the alternative… a story about how I made him eat icky cookies.  I guess I’ll have to try baking up some figgy cookies to see if I can shake this icky-fig-cookie-feeling once and for all.

This recipe (not icky) can be found here: Grilled Fig Bruschetta

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Other delicious fig recipes on the blogs:
The Leftover Queen:  Fig & Sage Grilled Pizza
Closet CookingFig & Brie Panini w/ Prosciutto
80 BreakfastsFig & Honey Cookies
Eating Out LoudCinnamon Fig Jam
Fat Free Vegan KitchenSkinny Fig Bars

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  • Miscelany wrote:

    Hi–featured this recipe on my blog:

    http://miscelaney.com/featured-posts/4-killer-apps/

    Great blog, btw!

  • stacey snacks wrote:

    I should’ve named my blog “The Fig Freak”.
    You are so lucky to live in a warm climate and get figs all year long.
    We only have them in August and September and I eat them everyday!
    They are never icky!
    Love this way to serve them with the gorgonzola!

  • Kevin wrote:

    Figs, gorgonzola ans honey! What an amazing combo!

  • katie wrote:

    Oh wow they look delicious

  • Angelia McGowan wrote:

    Looks delicious, I hardly ever use figs, but this recipe had inspired me!

  • hungry dog wrote:

    Wow, this looks so pretty and delicious! I love figs with gorgonzola. Glad you came around the appreciating the divine fig!

  • Bellini Valli wrote:

    I did see figs in our local Italian market yesterday..I had better get down there before the word is out:D

  • sharon wrote:

    This looks so sophisticated but delicious. I’ve made fig bruschetta with fig spread so I can only imagine how good the fresh stuff would be!

  • Louise wrote:

    Perhaps there’s hope for me too. I just can’t get passed my aversion to figs. Those photos sure are a tempting persuasion:)

  • jillian wrote:

    This looks so good! I love figs and usually wind up eating them plain before I can make anything with them 🙂

  • Nicisme wrote:

    This is one of my favourite ways to eat them, honey goes so well with the figs.
    Great photos!

  • JULES AND RUBY wrote:

    this looks soooo fabulous. i am also a born again fig lover. i’ll have to try this combo

  • Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen wrote:

    I just did this today – and instead of making bruschetta, I put it on a salad!!! It was wonderful!

  • Lynn wrote:

    You know, you’re setting the bar seriously high for your future daughter-in-law. How can any girl hope to compare to your beautiful, tasty meals?

  • Katrina wrote:

    I don’t yet have that appreciation for figs, but these look good!
    So do you just bite into one like an apple or something or do you not eat the skin? See, I don’t even know that much. The skin looks kind of tough. My only fig experience are Newtons! But I see them at the natural foods store and am tempted to buy some! You give me incentive!

  • Gaby wrote:

    these look fabulous – I love figs – and everything bite sized!

  • VeggieGirl wrote:

    Exceptional!!