Um wow. I think I could live on these. After reviewing a few different recipes online, I came up with my own version of bacon wrapped figs. I served them at a Valentine’s Day party recently and they were gone in minutes. Soooo yummy! Part of my reason for mucking with other recipes was that I couldn’t find any fresh figs this time of year. I am sure this recipe would work fine with fresh figs, but I would skip the chicken broth step — I just did that to reconstitute the dried figs.
Here’s what you’ll need to make about 2 dozen:
1 package “happy” bacon (I like Niman Ranch)
1 tub of Trader Joe’s dried mission figs
About a cup of chicken broth
Roughly 2 dozen toothpicks
Medium sauce pan
Strainer and paper towels
1. Par bake the bacon on a jelly roll pan covered in tinfoil (saves on clean up) at 400 degrees for about ten minutes (no need to preheat oven, just throw that bacon in there).
2. Discard any hard stems remaining on figs and place figs in sauce pan. Pour in enough chicken broth (about a cup) to cover the figs. Bring to a low boil and simmer on med-low heat until the figs begin to plump slightly.
3. Using a paper towel lined strainer strain out liquid and dry the figs as much as possible.
4. remove par cooked bacon from the oven and cut each strip into thirds.
5. Wrap a third of a strip of bacon around each fig and secure with a toothpick.
6. Place bacon-wrapped figs on the silpat-lined jellyroll pan with the seams facing down as much as possible (to avoid unraveling)
** Can be refrigerated for a day or so in this state and baked as guests arrive so that everyone who enters your home is met with the scent of fresh bacon wafting from the kitchen.**
7. Bake for about ten minutes in an oven preheated to 375 degrees. Serve immediately (and eat one before you serve them, because if you don’t get in there fast, you’ll miss your chance!).
I served these with some fresh goat cheese on the side, and those eating cheese really appreciated the combo. If you are into the cheese thing, you could easily stuff these little suckers prior to baking.