Gorgonzola and Pancetta Baked Figs

I have a slight confession to make today……..

I’ve never had figs before and this past weekend was my first time to try them out.  Shaun and I decided to have some friends over for a grilling event.  More on that later….  I’ve been meaning to try out figs and finally decided that I was going to make a baked fig appetizer for everyone.  Now when people come over to my house I get nervous because first off they associate a food blogger as having fancy meals and no failed recipes.

Note:  Most meals cooked or tried out on this blog are for the average cook or baker.

When I do have friends or family over for dinner I usually tend to stick with fool proof meals and something that I have tried before.  These figs were a different story since Shaun and I had never tried them, let alone make a recipe out of them.  I wanted to keep the figs as the main focus and just add some cheese and pancetta to them.  Simple and fast was my main concern since I was putting out other dishes for our grilling event.  A couple of hours before our guests arrived I baked a couple of these bad boys to try them out and of course photograph them.  I didn’t want to keep our guests hungry while I was taking photos around the table.

What’s your favorite fig dish? 

ENJOY ~ Meagan

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Gorgonzola and Pancetta Baked Figs

Yield: 12

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Ingredients:

12 figs
2 oz. pancetta, chopped
1/3 cup gorgonzola crumbles

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat a small skillet. Add the pancetta to the pan and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside for cool down.

Once the pancetta has cooled down add the cheese crumbles and mix. Using a knife create an "X" on the top of each fig. Make sure that you only slice through about half way down. Spoon a little of the mixture into the center of each fig. Place on a baking sheet and cook for 8 minutes.

Gorgonzola and Pancetta Baked Figs

   

14 Responses to “Gorgonzola and Pancetta Baked Figs”

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    Jamie @ lifelovelemons — August 21, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Im dying. These look unreal.

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    • azestybite replied: — August 21st, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

      They were so good. Pretty sure I ate at least 3 out of the 12.

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    Tieghan — August 21, 2013 at 8:29 am

    WOW! These are incredible!! I love gorgonzola and figs!

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    • azestybite replied: — August 21st, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

      Thanks Tieghan they were pretty darn tasty.

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    Kylene — August 21, 2013 at 8:38 am

    These look yummy Meg!
    My favorite way to eat figs is… grill baguette slices, spread with fresh Chevre, toped with arugula that has been tossed with a bit of good olive oil , honey and balsamic, sprinkle with fresh cracked black pepper then layer couple of fresh fig slices and top all with crisped prosuitto . You won’t have any by the time your guests arrive – Addictive.

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — August 21, 2013 at 9:59 am

    We had a fig tree growing up but we always ate them fresh never fancy or stuffed or grilled. But now I love them in all sorts of creations and this one looks amazing!

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    • azestybite replied: — August 21st, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

      Ohh man what I would do for a fig tree in my backyard. We had a plum and peach tree.

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — August 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Mmmmm….I want an entire batch of these bad boys! Love figs:)

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    • azestybite replied: — August 21st, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

      I could have eaten the entire batch.

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — August 21, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Yummmmm! I haven’t had any figs yet this year but I want to change that ASAP with these babies.

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    • azestybite replied: — August 21st, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

      You need to try these out Stephanie. They are SOOO easy and simple but oh so good.

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    What fun summer appetizers! I love figs and gorgonzola together!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — August 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I LOVE how easy this is for how fancy it looks! Lovely recipe and flavor pairings, Meagan!

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    RavieNomNoms — August 22, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    That looks great! What a perfect app!

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