Wandering the streets of Brookland lately, I have noticed a good number of fig trees thriving and starting to produce some nice sized figs. Here are a handful of fig trees from Newton, Otis, Irving, and 12th Streets, as well as a tiny alley dweller.
A few years ago my wife and I had a tapas party. The hit of the night was figs stuffed with goat cheese, wrapped in bacon. I know it may sound a bit crazy, but they were delicious! Here is the recipe:
Ingredients: Ripe figs, mild goat cheese (the creamy, spreadable kind), bacon
Directions: Cut off the fig stem. Slice the side of each fig and stuff with goat cheese. Wrap bacon around each fig. Overlap the end of the bacon strips and make sure the goat cheese is covered so it doesn’t ooze out. Bake the figs at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes. We like our bacon extra crispy so we finished them off by broiling for another minute or two. Warm, sweet savory ooey-gooey goodness awaits! They are a bit messy so factor that into your plans.