So guys and gals, I’m STILL “locked” in a hotel. Will the house ever be done? Who knows. All I can say is I can’t ease my stress and anxiety with cooking and baking and I’m going a little insane because of it. Not good. Not good at all. But I was able to make this lovely dish last week and it was quite a hit with the parents. So that’s always a good thing. It’s a great dish if you are looking for a delicious yet on-the-lighter-side summer meal. AND it clearly doesn’t require much in the way of kitchen supplies/dishes since I am limited to an oven and a baking dish here. But let me tell you, it’s freaking bomb!
so I made this dish for 3 of us so this recipe shall serve 3 :). I can be so professional, can’t I?
9-12 figs (or use a whole container and you’ll have leftovers)
9-12 slices of bacon (again, or use the whole pack for leftovers)
3 LARGE beets or 6 smaller ones
1/4 cup pine nuts
6 cups of mixed greens (or as much as you want for your salad)
Juice of 1 lemon
Plum-basil Balsamic Vinegar (or plain vinegar… I get the flavored kinds at one of those fancy Oil and Vinegar shops)
First, preheat oven to 400 F.
Peel and cut up your beets into small, bite-size pieces. Drizzle with olive oil and place on a baking dish and into the oven while you prepare your bacon-figs. You will end up roasting the beets for a total of about 30 minutes.
Wash your figs and then take one slice of bacon per fig. Wrap the bacon around the fig so it covers the whole thing. Repeat with remaining figs. Your beets should have been roasting for about 10 minutes by now. Place your bacon wrapped figs on the same baking sheet for easier clean up or use a separate one if you so desire. Roast your figs for about 20 minutes, until bacon is done. To make bacon nice and crispy, broil for an extra 3-5 minutes.
Now mix up your greens, beets, pine nuts and lemon juice in a big salad bowl. Drizzle with balsamic, toss again, and serve. Place 3 figs around or on top of the salad and then thank me a million times for this meal.
As always, let me know if you try this dish and how you like it. Easy to make AIP by omitting the pine nuts and the figs can always be made on their own to go with something else (or just for snacking 😉 ).
Hope you enjoy and I truly hope to have some more good recipes for you soon!