A great starter for a dinner party or as part of a medley of dishes… or even a pudding! Figs are one of those fruits which remind us of Summer, they go well with cheese, in a salad or just on their own. Figs are a little superfood which are under-celebrated, but we should make the most of them in the summer months when they are at their best.
18 small fresh black figs, stems trimmed
1 tub of ricotta cheese
6 teaspoons honey
Pepper, to taste
Thyme sprigs (optional)
Bag of rocket leaves
1 unwaxed lemon, juice and zest
Arrange the rocket leaves on a platter of individual plates.
Cut a deep "X" into the top of each fig as if quartering it, being careful not to cut all the way through.
Using a spoon, fill each fig with some of the ricotta.
Transfer to the platter and drizzle with the honey.
Sprinkle some pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
Scatter over the walnuts, lemon zest and juice.
Add the thyme leaves on top of the figs to finish.