After that, mission figs.
And then...even more mission figs!
Hard to believe, but I got a little tired of eating them fresh. Cue a friend's post on Facebook, touting focaccia with figs and balsamic reduction from Eataly. I'd been to Eataly once and hadn't enjoyed it in the least, but then again I hadn't noticed any figs on toast while I was there, so maybe that's where I went wrong.
Nevermind, I was sure I could give it a go on my own.
I decided I was much too
Instead of making my own focaccia, I decided to buy a fresh loaf of ciabatta.
I sliced the loaf lengthwise and cut it into "slices". For some strange reason, it occurred to me to lightly butter half of the bread as an experiment.
I placed the fig slices evenly across the bread.
Then I drizzled them with the remaining balsamic and a bit of extra virgin olive oil, smushing the fig slices into the bread with a fork.
I toasted the concoction in a 360 degree oven for 12 minutes.
And, voila: figs on toast!
I did get a little confused as to which slices were which, so I can't definitively tell you if the buttered was better than the non-buttered (or vice versa).
I will say that this was quite fancy meal with extremely little effort. It makes a decadent dinner for yourself, but I'd imagine that it would also be quite the impressive appetizer for guests if created in a bite-size version.
I can also tell you with the utmost certainty that I was very popular while eating this.