Figs are by far one of my favorite seasonal fruits. They are typically harvested from late June to early November, depending on the variety and where they are grown. They have a sweet jammy flavor with hints of honey and berry. The texture is soft with a slight crunch from the edible seeds. Figs are very versatile and can be used in both sweet and savory recipes. They are absolutely gorgeous and look amazing as an edible garnish on charcuterie, salads, and on/in desserts. I have several recipes for enjoying figs and I wanted to share them with you so you can start planning your fall fig menu!
Prosciutto Wrapped & Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs with Honey Drizzle is my go-to fig recipe. Is is a dessert? An appetizer? Yes! It absolutely works in either course. Heck, I could make a meal out these alone. The saltiness of the prosciutto compliments the sweetness of the fig wonderfully. If you add some goat cheese, it’s perfection. The honey drizzle adds another layer of earthy sweetness and adds a sweet and sticky mouthfeel to each bite. I also like to add just a couple crystals of Maldon salt to add more texture and to really enhance all the flavors.
Pig and Fig Pizza is big on flavor and is easy enough to make on a busy weeknight. If I have time, I like to make my own 3 ingredient flat bread crust, but store bought crust or flat bread work in a pinch. My kids aren’t as excited about figs on pizza so I typically set out an assortment of toppings and we do “make your own pizza” night. It’s a lot of fun, nobody complains, and I get to enjoy my bougie fig & pig pizza in peace. The components of this pizza hit every major flavor sense we have; salty, sweet, bitter, sour, and umami. Married together upon a humble crust, these pizza ingredients will make you close your eyes and moan with each bite.
Fresh Figs with Gorgonzola, Chopped Nuts, and Honey I love this as a healthy snack or dessert. You can swap the gorgonzola for goat cheese and the chopped nuts for salted/roasted pepitas. This nutritious treat is also stunning to look at. Imagine serving this on a charcuterie platter or as a dessert at your next dinner party. It takes mere minutes to prepare and looks like something you would get in a gourmet restaurant.
Lemon Ricotta Toast with Fresh Figs and Honey is perfect for breakfast or afternoon tea. Using your favorite multigrain bread as the base, the lemon honey ricotta enhances the flavor of fresh figs. I can best describe the flavor as sunshine in your mouth. If you’re looking for some extra crunch, the addition of chopped pistachios adds a delicious layer of umami and texture. When fresh figs are in season, this is my favorite go-to breakfast.
I hope these recipes inspire you to run out and buy some figs today! I have had the best luck finding them at Costco and Trader Joes. There are several varieties of figs and the most commonly available ones are Brown Turkey and Mission Figs. They are ALL delicious with slight flavor variations. Happy Fig Season, foodies!