I’m sure many of you are starting to think about the holiday season with Thanksgiving only a few weeks away. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some delicious and healthy appetizers or small bites for you to serve at a holiday event or for your family.
This week’s recipe is for Bacon-Wrapped Figs; a sure to be popular dish at any holiday party. When you buy goat cheese, you'll often see both the cheese log and crumbled varieties. Either is fine to use for this recipe, but if you use the crumbles, be extra careful to pack the crumbles into the teaspoon measure. You're not using a lot of cheese here, so you want to make sure you don't skimp on the full teaspoon the recipe allows.
- Olive oil spray (propellant-free)
- 4 medium (about 1 1/4 ounces total) dried figs
- 1 slice (about 1 ounce) 94% fat-free or leaner, nitrate-free turkey bacon (I used Applegate Hardwood Smoked Uncured Turkey Bacon)
- 1 teaspoon goat cheese, packed
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a small baking sheet with foil. Lightly mist the foil with spray.
Fill a nonstick medium saucepan, with a tight-fitting lid, half full with water. Place it over high heat and bring the water to a boil. Add the figs, remove the pan from the heat, and cover. Let the figs stand for 5 minutes, then drain. Allow them to cool slightly before handling.
Meanwhile, slice the bacon in half crosswise. Slice each piece in half lengthwise, leaving 4 equal strips.
Place the figs on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut a 1" opening lengthwise down the middle of each fig. Stuff each fig with 1/4 teaspoon of the cheese, then wrap a strip of bacon around the widest part of each fig. Secure the bacon with a toothpick, then place the wrapped figs on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until they are warmed through. Serve immediately.
Makes 1 serving
Per serving: 136 calories, 8 g protein, 22 g carbohydrates (16 g sugar), 3 g fat, < 1 g saturated fat, 28 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 224 mg sodium
Recipe Credit: Reprinted from The Biggest Loser Dessert Cookbook by Devin Alexander © 2010 by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. The Biggest Loser® and ©2013 NBC Studios LLC and Reveille LLC. Permission granted by Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA 18098.
Photo Credit: Mitch Mandel
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