I have been waiting, patiently!, for years to have dark figs stuffed with goat cheese wrapped in bacon. I wanted to wait until I had at least 3 that I grew myself ripe at the same time. I've been growing figs for coming up on three years now, the first year had no fruit, the second year had a few, this year has had several but only one at a time...
Four beautiful dark Portugal figs all (mostly) ripe on the same day! This is the day, it's going to finally happen!
As it turns out, maybe one of them wasn't ripe enough to be picked, and the other two could have used another day too, but the top one was perfect.
I shoved a ball of goat cheese in each of them. They oozed with deliciousness as the sweet mushy fruit merged with the creamy goat cheese. I licked my fingers clean at the end and legitimately thought I was going to cry for a moment it was so delicious.
Then I trimmed the fattiest part off the bacon and wrapped it around neatly one time on each cheese stuffed fig.
Then they went in the over @ 300 degrees. We cook bacon slowly on a low heat to render the fat out and it's perfect so I thought that would be a good approach. We put them in a pie pan raised up on crumbled foil so they wouldn't sit in a pool of bacon grease. We watched them pretty closely until the bacon was cooked.
Glorious bacon wrapped goat cheese stuffed figs! But they were a total flop... During the cooking process the figs lost all of their flavor, the goat cheese melted and got lost in bacon grease, and they were borderline inedible. So disappointing, but I think next time will be a success.
They were so good before I added the bacon (which just feels ridiculous to say), all of the problems came from cooking them with the bacon. And the bacon didn't even come out very well, it never does when I wrap it around food, it's never consistent. I feel like it needs a flat consistent surface with regular flipping to cook properly.
So next time I'll just stuff the raw fig with goat cheese and cook the bacon separately then sprinkle chopped bacon over the fig.
The moral of the story is this: if you're thinking about cooking your fresh figs, be aware that they're going to lose some flavor! Or at least mine did.