Smashed figs with blue cheese, walnuts and white balsamic

Smashed figs with blue cheese, walnuts and white balsamic

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From
Mr Wilkinson's Simply Dressed Salads
Serves
2
Photographer
Jacqui Melville

I wish I’d been introduced to figs a lot earlier in my life. Picking them straight from the tree, sun warmed, is just sublime. Where I live there are hundreds of fig trees overhanging onto footpaths and back laneways, so it would be rude not to help myself to some on the way home.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
5 ripe figs, cut in half
50g blue cheese, (I like to use gorgonzola for this dish)
10 walnuts, toasted and chopped
8 basil leaves, washed and torn
40ml white balsamic vinegar, or regular balsamic vinegar, if not available
40ml good-quality olive oil
1 tablespoon pepitas, toasted
good pinch salt flakes
a few turns white pepper
2 slices bread, toasted on a chargrill

Method

  1. Take two sheets of baking paper, each about 30 cm long. On one sheet place the figs, flesh side down, then cover with the other piece of baking paper. Now gently smash the figs using your fingers until they are flat. Once smashed, take off the top layer of paper, leaving the figs on the bottom sheet.
  2. Turn the bottom sheet of paper upside down onto a plate, then gently remove the paper. Now crumble the cheese over the figs, then scatter with the walnuts and basil.
  3. Drizzle the vinegar and olive oil all over, then sprinkle with the pepitas, salt and pepper. Serve with chargrilled bread on the side.
Tags:
salad
salads
vegetables
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