Try these effortless fig recipes, each well worth a mad dash to the farmers' market.
Figs certainly are delicious in a cookie, but if you want to use this delicious fruit in another way then you will love these amazing recipes. From salads to steaks, these fig recipes show you how to give your figs some fizz. For finger food, enjoy Baked Fig Crostini—it pairs the saltiness of bacon with the sweetness of figs. That same bacon can be wrapped around whole figs for the Bacon Wrapped Figs, garnished with toasted pecans, or the Bacon-Wrapped Bourbon Figs. For something hearty, enjoy the Fig-and-Balsamic Glazed Quail, or pare your palate back with a simple recipe for Pancetta-and-Fig Pasta. Finally, there’s the fizz: the Fig-and-Bourbon Fizz, to be exact. Pair bourbon, a Southern classic spirit, with the beautiful color and taste of a Black Mission fig. These recipes will have you wishing fresh figs were always in season.
Recipe: Figgy Focaccia
Turn this into a pizza by adding grated fontina cheese and sliced dry salami.
Recipe: Pancetta-and-Fig Pasta
Bucatini is a hearty, hollow, spaghetti-like pasta. You can easily substitute linguine or fettuccine if you prefer.
Marinated Fig Salad
Recipe: Marinated Fig Salad
Let the flavor of fresh figs shine in this dish. It comes together in just a few minutes.
Recipe: Fig-and-Bourbon Fizz
Choose Black Mission figs or another purple-skinned variety to give the drink a pretty tint.
Rosemary Flank Steak with Fig Salsa
Sweet figs provide a satisfying complement to the savory steak and Gorgonzola cheese.
Baked Fig Crostini
Recipe: Baked Fig Crostini
Salty bacon and goat cheese add the perfect balance to the fig-and-honey-topped crostini.
Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Figs
Bacon-Wrapped Figs with toasted pecans make for an easy yet impressive appetizer.
Lemony Rice Pudding with Figs and Saba
Saba, an ancient sweetener traditionally made from grape juice, lends a subtle but complex flavor to this traditional dessert.
Recipe: Fig-and-Balsamic-Glazed Quail
Call ahead to make sure your butcher has quail on hand. For a delicious alternative to quail, try Cornish hens.
Bacon-Wrapped Bourbon Figs
Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Bourbon Figs
The size of the figs will determine the amount of cheese you'll need.