The past two weeks I have been ‘home alone’. Whenever that happens, I tend to eat lots of vegetarian food. When I went to the market in Den Bosch one Saturday with my sister, we found some great figs and portobello mushrooms. I also bought some goat cheese, good raw ham and fresh pesto.
I have written about portobello mushrooms before, they are great to bake in the oven with some fresh garlic, salt, pepper and good olive oil. But it’s also really nice to bake them in the oven with some pesto. The result is great, it makes a really nice starter or you can slice the portobello mushroom in large slices and place them in a pita bread together with some mozzarella cheese. Heat the combined pita for a few more minutes in the oven, allowing the mozzarella to melt and you have a delicious lunch dish.
When you can find good fresh figs, I suggest you should always buy at least a few. It’s so easy to make a really simple quick dish with them. I really like the combination of the sweet figs with goat cheese. I have two great recipes for figs with goat cheese, of which the first one is really traditional..
Figs with Goat Cheese and Raw Ham
You carve a cross in the flesh of the fig (on the top) and fill the opening with goat cheese, if you want you can add some thyme on top. Then you take a slice of raw ham and wrap this around the fig. Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Serve with a little balsamic vinegar.
Puff Pastry tarts with Figs and Goat Cheese
Slice your fig in thin slices. Take out a sheet of puff pastry. Place some goat cheese on top of the puff pastry and then place the fig slices on top, again if you want you can add some thyme. Place in a hot oven for 20-25 minutes. When you remove it from the oven, drizzle with honey, or if you want to, you can use truffle honey, which in my opinion is a really good combination!!