Cheese is one of my great weaknesses. I can never seem to get enough of it. One of my favorite combinations is fig and cheese. In the fall my family decided to take a day trip to downtown Sonoma- a very charming town with artisanal stores surrounding a lush green town square. It is also home to an excellent restaurant called “Girl and the Fig.” Sitting in a large courtyard on a particularly gorgeous day, we perused the menu and decided on our main courses and as an afterthought ordered the goat cheese platter. I’m really glad we did. There were three different types of goat cheese. The Laura Chenel Chevre is made locally in Sonoma and using a french technique they achieve the creamiest texture with just the right amount of tang. I could have eaten it by itself but pairing it with the fig apricot compote took it to another level!
Later that week I couldn’t get the fig and cheese platter out of my head so I decided to use burrata (one of my other favorites) and pair it with figs and cherry tomatoes on a bed of lettuce. I’ve made it as part of a brunch but it has also proven very popular when I’ve had people over for dinner. Cheese platters take almost no time to assemble and you can pair it with whichever fruits happen to be in season – figs, apricots, strawberries, etc. Usually a light dressing with a lemon and olive oil base works well or honey with others. When I was in Turkey, I had local cheese and honey for breakfast every morning. Here’s a photo of my take on fig and cheese to inspire your own cheese platters for entertaining. What are your favorite cheese and fruit combinations? Please share your ideas/favorites in the comments section!