Harissa Spiced Baked Figs With Almonds

SIMPLE TASTY NOURISHING VEGAN COOKING

A super easy one-pot recipe, great as a starter or serve up with a bulgar wheat salad for a more substantial healthy nutritious meal.

Look at these beautiful figs all ready for me to stuff in my face — but wait — we can improve them! Credit — Anouska Parr

I love figs, so when I saw some in the store the other day, I grabbed myself a box rushing them home carefully, excited about what I could create. I always associate figs with being fancy or posh, so I decided to have a go at making something fast, easy and delicious, with minimal effort, that still looks indulgent and tastes exquisite. I think I nailed it, so I wanted to share it with you all!

Ingredients

  • Fresh figs
  • Du Cap Bon Harissa
  • Ras El Hanout
  • Plant-based creamy cheese of choice (I used Greek style Violife)
  • Flaked almonds
  • Chilli flakes
  • Cooking oil (I used grapeseed, but any with a neutral flavour is fine)
Harissa Paste, Ras El Hanout and Violife Greek White Plant-Based Cheese. (Credits All Anouska Parr)

Equipment

Oven Proof Dish/Pan, sharp knife and some tongs to move your figs around.

Figs and Almonds ready to bake. Credit — Anouska Parr

Method

Pre-heat your oven to a medium.

Lightly oil the base of the pan/dish.

Wash your figs, cut off any excess stalk, cut a criss-cross in the top of each fig.

Place the figs into your oiled pan/dish.

Squeeze around 1/2 teaspoon harissa paste into each of the crisscrosses.

Add a small cube/dollop of your plant-based cheese on the top.

Sprinkle a pinch of the ras el hanout seasoning over all the figs.

Scatter the flaked almonds all around the figs and to fill in any of the gaps on the bottom of the pan/dish.

Place the pan/dish in the centre of the oven, and bake until the figs are lightly browned, and the cheese has begun to melt. (These took 30 mins in my oven) Just keep an eye on the almonds as they may need occasional tossing to stop them from burning.

NB. If you have an unreliable oven like me, you can always cover the figs with foil to start with; this will help to stop the tops from burning, then remove later on.

Once they are lovely and golden, remove them from the oven, sprinkle with some chilli flakes and enjoy this delicious North African inspired aromatic treat!

Baked Harissa Spiced Figs With Almonds. Credit — Anouska Parr

Delicious over a simple rocket or herb salad, simply add some bulgar wheat or couscous for a more substantial meal.

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