I am not ready to let summer slip through my fingers, so I’m going to stretch it a bit longer with a few more braais. This quick and easy side dish of fig and blue cheese skewers will please your guests as a dessert or a starter while you are waiting for coals to get just right.
I’ve used blue cheese, but feta works just as well. The star of the show is the humble fig, which loves a bit of heat to bring out its unique flavour.
These delicious, sweet and savoury skewers are a fantastic appetiser too, and an alternative for vegetarians that puts dry vegetable patties to shame. Roasting fruit over the open fire encourages a sticky caramelisation that balances the strength of the blue cheese perfectly, and the walnuts add a nutty crunch.
- 9 Fresh Figs, halved
- 1 Blue Cheese cut into 12 x 2cm cubes
- 50g Walnuts, roughly chopped
- 125g Castor Sugar
- Thread figs and blue cheese onto skewers, beginning and ending with a fig.
2. Set aside to braai.
3. Put sugar into a large frying pan and allow to melt over medium heat. When sugar is an amber colour, add nuts and pour out onto a greased baking sheet. Spread out thinly and allow to cool.
4. Place skewers over warm coals and cook until figs are warm and cheese is slightly melted. Remove from heat and place onto a platter. Sprinkle over candied walnuts and serve immediately.
Courtesy Grace Stevens