Fresh or dried, figs lend a sublime sweetness to all sorts of dishes, from easy apps to healthful desserts to interesting entrées.
July 25, 2018
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Fresh Fig Galette
Almond meal is nothing more than finely ground almonds; it adds a rich, crumbly texture and nutty flavor to the crust of this free-form tart.
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Summer Fig and Watermelon Salad with Feta
A pop of acidic vinaigrette balances ultrasweet figs. Balsamic glaze is a syrup of concentrated, cooked-down, sweetened balsamic vinegar; it adds a sweet and tangy element to this refreshing salad. Look for it near the vinegar.
3 of 20Randy Mayor
Seared Figs and White Peaches With Balsamic Reduction
This restaurant-quality dessert will impress absolutely anyone, but it requires eight ingredients and less than 10 minutes to make. Caramelizing the natural sugars in the fruit gives them intense flavor, an intense balsamic vinegar pan sauce mixed with creamy and tangy crème fraîche sets off the sweetness, and an sprinkle of pepper adds an unexpected surprise.
4 of 20Photo: Brian Woodcock
Brandied Preserved Figs
This recipe will work with any fresh figs you have, such as Brown Turkey, Calimyrna, or Black Mission. Enjoy them as a simple dessert on their own, served with ice cream or yogurt, or as a salad topper. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year.
Prosciutto and fresh figs are a classic Italian combination. Here, along with Manchego cheese and fig jam, they create a sweet-savory sandwich that's simple yet memorable. Great ingredients make all the difference here, so look for a fine loaf of artisan bread and quality prosciutto.
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Small-Batch Fig Jam
Fig preserves are among the easiest to make because the fruit mixture thickens beautifully on its own without added pectin. Consider this jam a "refrigerator preserve," but you can process it for canning, if you wish. Enjoy it spread on whole-grain bread or scones.
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Granola With Honey-Scented Yogurt and Baked Figs
Warm, sweet, and a little bit tangy—a bowlful of these flavors will leave your hunger (and your taste buds) satisfied.
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Glazed Chicken and Fig Skewers
Over the fire, figs caramelize and take on smoky flavor. Because they will cook more quickly than the chicken, skewer the figs separately.
9 of 20Becky Luigart-Stayner
Fig, Prosciutto, and Gorgonzola Salad
This colorful, elegant dish combines all the different flavors and textures―sweet, tender figs; salty, crisp prosciutto; tangy, creamy cheese; and brightly sour balsamic vinegar―that are necessary for a perfect summer starter.
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Lamb Chops with Fresh Fig Pan Sauce
Fresh figs cooked with red wine provide the perfect foil for rich lamb rib chops.
11 of 20Becky Luigart-Stayner
Fig-Walnut Sticky Buns
Just the name makes mouths water, but the flavor of these rolls will blow you away. With the fruity flavor of figs, the bitter crunch of walnuts, and an ooey-gooey topping to hold it all together, these are a nearly perfect breakfast or dessert.
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Sweet Fig Smoothies
Figs are downright sublime blended in a smoothie. This recipe offers a great use for figs that are very ripe (or even overripe) and need to be used soon. The riper the fig, the sweeter and more delicious in this creamy breakfast drink.
13 of 20Randy Mayor
Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta
This easy, impressive party app highlights a versatile fig jam that can be made up to three days in advance. On the day of your party, top bread slices with fig jam, goat cheese, and a sprinkling of walnuts, and broil for about 2 minutes. (Leftover jam is great on toast or sandwiches.)
14 of 20Becky Luigart-Stayner
Crostini With Gorgonzola, Caramelized Onions, and Fig Jam
This recipe brings together big flavors―the tart sweetness of figs, the savory sweetness of onions, and the pungent kick of Gorgonzola cheese―in a balanced way. Try this suggestion from eatwelltx to make assembly easier: "I put the toasted bread with the cheese back in the oven (turned off but still warm) to melt the gorgonzola before adding the fig jam and onions, and this made layering the jam and onions over the cheese much easier. Absolutely delicious."
15 of 20Randy Mayor
Fig, Date, and Walnut Quick Bread
Filled with sweet figs, chewy dates, and crunchy walnuts, this rich, healthful quick bread makes a wonderful breakfast, neighborly gift, or packable snack. Grated lemon rind, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves add spice.
16 of 20Randy Mayor
This is a classic French-style macaroon: made with egg whites and ground nuts, crisp on the outside, and chewy within. To that formula, these cookies add the distinctly American flavors of pecans and Black Mission figs for a whole new macaroon experience.
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Fig and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
This 5-star recipe proves elegant does not equal fussy. You'll be amazed at the kind of complex flavor you can get from just four ingredients (not counting salt, pepper, and cooking spray). Sweet dried figs counter the savory bite of blue cheese, and the elegant rolled presentation bakes in just 20 minutes.
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Chicken Panini With Fig Jam
A little heat turns a sandwich into a meal. This panini combines the sweet and savory flavors of fig jam and crumbled blue cheese for a special treat. Don't have a sandwich press? No problem―it's easy to improvise. Just place the sandwich in a regular nonstick skillet and press it under the weight of a cast-iron skillet or a regular skillet weighted down with cans.
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Fig and Lime Jam
We tested this recipe with not-too-sweet Brown Turkey figs; if using sweeter Black Mission figs, you may need to decrease the sugar. The mashed fig mixture can stand as long as overnight.
20 of 20Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Cantaloupe and Grilled Fig Salad
The contrasting flavors of the sweet fruit and tangy lime juice plus the variety of textures in the fruits, nuts, and vegetables create an intriguing and beautiful first course.