a figgy favor


After weeks of having 2, maybe 3, figs ripen at a time, we are now being hit with them.

I walked over to the fig bushes the other night after work, searched through the bigger one and didn’t find any.

But then. Then I hit the jackpot on the smaller fig bush.


Sixteen ripe figs, waiting on the porch to be turned into something delicious or eaten as is.

If I get enough in the next few weeks, I might make some jam. I will definitely be roasting some to have with greek yogurt and sticky, syrupy local honey.


But that’s where my ideas end right now.

We made pizza. We’ve eaten them plain.

But I want to know – what are your favorite ways to use fresh figs? New recipes you’ve seen lately and want to try?

31 Responses to “a figgy favor”

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    VeggieGirl — August 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I like using fresh figs in blondies! I have a recipe on my blog :)

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    Kaitlin — August 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I haven’t tried this yet but I just bookmarked a recipe for fig and gorgonzola risotto that sounds amazing!

    • admin replied: — August 18th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      That looks great – thanks for the link, Kaitlin!

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    Erica — August 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I honestly have never used figs in my cooking/baking. A homemade fig newton would be fun!!

    • admin replied: — August 18th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      I think so, too :) I’ll have to see if I end up and have enough at one time to make some newtons!

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    The Teenage Taste — August 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    You should try making a fig galette. I’ve seen them all over Foodgawker and they are really making me wish I had access to fresh figs! :-?
    Here’s the link: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/fig-galette.html

    • admin replied: — August 18th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Those are gorgeous – I’ve never made one before

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    Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen — August 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    You are SO lucky…we have fresh figs at the store and the produce guys will often offer one or two up for me. I indulge and love them but haven’t bought any to experiment with in the kitchen. I had the best fig + bleu cheese pie a few weeks ago…as I’m sitting here staring at a very large day-old baguette and wondering what the heck to do with it…perhaps a figgy (bread) pudding?

    • admin replied: — August 18th, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      figgy bread pudding? yum.

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    Faith @ For the Health of It — August 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I like basil, fig and ricotta flatbreads – carmelized onions are an added bonus!

    • admin replied: — August 18th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      that sounds like such a great mix of flavors, especially with the basil.

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    Andrea — August 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I like them cut in half, sprinkled with sugar and sauteed in a little butter for just a few minutes. They get crispy amazing! You can dip them in some mascarpone sweetened with some vanilla and sugar as well. So yummy! Also can go wrong with them wrapped in bacon and grilled. :D

    • admin replied: — August 18th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      mmm…bacon. :)

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    TracyP — August 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Timing is everything. I just made a simple recipe for Honeyed Figs (http://tracycooksitright.blogspot.com/2011/08/affinity-for-figs.html). I can’t wait for mine to ripen! I love figs.

    • admin replied: — August 18th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      thanks Tracy!

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — August 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Make fig newtons! ahhh soo good. I don’t have a recipe, but those cookies rock. Or put them in sandwiches with pbutter and honey….one of my faves :)

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    Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola — August 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I’ve never had fresh figs before! I’m still kind of new to the flavor but it’s definitely growing on me… especially when combined with cheese!

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    Sarah R — August 18, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I have no ideas for you as I’ve never used fresh figs, but once again had to tell you that I’m jealous. I putting a fig bush on our garden of our dreams list.

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    Amanda — August 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Love figs in salad, wrapped in bacon, stuffed with goat cheese. I want to try fig cookies too. I’m jealous!

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — August 19, 2011 at 12:03 am

    No ideas off the top of my head but they make such a pretty picture all lined up!

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    Dawn (HealthySDLiving) — August 19, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Very cool! I don’t know that I’ve ever had a fig, I’d love to try one!

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    The Teenage Taste — August 19, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I was just browsing through Martha Stewart.com when I came across an entire section she had dedicated to figs! Immediately I thought of you and this post.
    Here’s the link: http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/summer-fig-recipes
    Hope it helps! :-D

    • admin replied: — August 19th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks so much for the link!! There are some great ideas there.

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    Ryan — August 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Ooooh such gorgeous figs! That’s so nice to have a tree in your yard! I bookmarked this recipe to make if I picked up some figs this year– I’ve been dying to try this: http://chefpandita.com/2011/07/05/bacon-wrapped-figs/

    • admin replied: — August 19th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

      That looks awesome – thanks Ryan!

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    Kathryn D — August 24, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I ran across this and thought of you: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/pork-figs-farro-50400000115234/

    • admin replied: — August 24th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      Ooh, thanks Kathryn! That looks awesome!

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