Grilled Figs with Sausage Goat Cheese and Fried Sage
Fig Season! This is so easy to put together and such a crowd pleaser that I have used it many times when we have people over. Grilling them slightly and pairing them with an irresistible combination of sausage, goat cheese, some balsamic glaze, and fried sage!
- 1 pint figs (about 6 - 8)
- 1/4 lb sausage (I use ground sausage but you could use cooked slices of sausage as well)
- 1/4 cup olive oil (may need less depending on your pan)
- 16 each sage leaves
- 1/4 cup goat cheese
- 2 tbsp balsamic glaze (this is available in many stores or you can slowly reduce some balsamic vinegar to make your own)
- Get your grill nice and hot.
- Slice your figs in half, removing stems as necessary.
- Grill your figs quickly, about 2 minutes each side. Remove from heat and reserve.
Sausage and Sage
- Heat a smaller sauté pan over medium heat.
- Add olive oil to pan, swirl to coat.
- Drop the sage leaves into the oil a few at a time and let them fry, doesn't take more than a few seconds. Transfer them with a fork to a plate with a paper towel.
- Once you've fried all the sage you can transfer the oil (now sage oil!) to a heat proof container and save.
- Return the pan to heat and brown the sausage about 5 minutes or so.
- Taking all of your ingredients place your figs cut side up and top each with a little sausage, a bit of goat cheese, a drop or two of balsamic glaze, and finish with a fried sage leaf! Serve and enjoy the mouthwatering combination!
I can't express how much I love figs, and how happy I am to live where I can grow them... unfortunately my tree is currently tiny and only will produce 20 - 30 figs this year... luckily there are plenty of fresh local options! These grilled figs with sausage and goat cheese are an amazing way to prepare them... many others as well (you could smoke the figs and use the same way) or how about a smoked fig dessert or on pizza?