Gettin’ Figgy with It!

Fresh Figs

I’m one of those super lucky people with a fig tree in my backyard. In late July, the little green figs I’ve been urging to ripen already finally get on with it, and I get an amazing bounty of juicy, summery goodness.

And the race is on. For a couple of weeks, I’m harvesting a pint or so a day, and it’s all I can do to use them up without them going to waste! If you’re into canning, there are Fig Preserves, of course, or this Clean-Eating Fig Butter if you’d like a little less sugar. Or you could go savory and make Fig Ketchup.

But I don’t want all my figs to end up in mason jars! I want to eat some of these babies while they’re ripe and delicious, fresh from the tree. Here’s a favorite idea for a quick snack or small meal:

Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese, Bacon, and Balsamic Glaze

Roasted Figs

This is a simple, endlessly adaptable way to bring out the best of fresh figs by roasting them with complementary flavors. Here’s what I do:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Remove the stems of your figs, then cut the figs in half lengthwise and lay them, skin-side down, on a baking sheet (if you want to be fancy, you can use a paring knife to make two perpendicular cuts about 2/3 of the way down from the top of each fig, then spread the flesh and stuff your ingredients inside the whole fig).

Top the figs with any combination of the following:

  • Goat cheese, cream cheese, any cheese!
  • Bacon, Pancetta, Prosciutto, Ham, etc.
  • Chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds
  • A drizzle of balsamic glaze, honey, maple syrup, or a sprinkling of brown sugar
  • Anything you want! Get creative! So many things taste great paired with figs.

Place the pan in the oven and roast for 12-15 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and any meat products are fully cooked.

Enjoy!

If you’d like a more complete meal, you could make Fig Grilled Cheese Sandwiches or Pork Chops with Balsamic Figs.

Another option is pizza! Here’s a super easy method.

Fig Goat Cheese Naan Pizzas

Quick Naan Pizza with Fresh Figs

I get pre-made naan from the grocery store, warm it up in the oven according to package directions, then top it and pop it back in the oven until the cheese is melted and it’s all ready!

I slice the figs about a quarter-inch thick and pair them with whatever’s on hand.  I’ve used goat cheese, mozzarella, thinly sliced onions, olives, bacon, ham, balsamic glaze, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, whatever!

Delicious!

If baking’s your thing, you can make a lot of tasty treats with fresh figs! I made this Fig-Yogurt Bundt Cake and it came out better than I could have dreamed!

Fig Bundt Cake

Some other options for baked goods:

Fig and Olive Oil Cake.

Fig Upside-Down Cake.

Rosemary, Honey, and Fig Cake.

Fig Bars with Thyme

Fig Cake Collage

What are your favorite ways to use figs?

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