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free sample addict aka Tracy L Aug 20, 2006 10:16 PM

I have more figs than I have use for and would like to bring some to work. It has been my experience that the less chowish amongst us don't know what to do with figs. So I thought I'd provide some recipes along with my figs. The challenge is that I don't see these people making the wonderfully chowish apps like the ones found in this link:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

I am thinking in terms of easy (even semi-ho)recipes like cookies or poached figs (prefer a wine free version if possible). Any other ideas are welcome. Keep in mind the recipe needs to be easy, relatively cheap to make and uses ingredients you can find at your average grocery store. My coworkers are great people and always generous with the produce that they grow. Many have large families and tight budgets so free produce is always welcome. Thanks

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  1. Candy Aug 20, 2006 11:53 PM

    Substitute quartered and stemmed figs for cherries in a clafoutis. Great stuff.

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      Kathi Aug 21, 2006 01:13 AM

      I like this recipe but I add chicken cut into stirps, whatever salad on hand and a nice loaf of bread!
      From Cooking Light magazine

      Roasting slightly caramelizes the figs and creates flavorful browned bits that eventually season the vinaigrette. If you don't have molasses on hand, use honey or maple syrup.

      1/3 cup sherry vinegar or cider vinegar
      1 tablespoon molasses
      2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil
      1/4 teaspoon salt
      4 large (dark-skinned) fresh figs, halved (such as Black Mission)
      Cooking spray
      5 cups trimmed arugula
      1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled goat cheese
      1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

      Preheat oven to 425°.
      Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add figs; toss to coat. Remove figs with a slotted spoon, reserving vinegar mixture.

      Place figs in a cast-iron or ovenproof skillet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove figs from pan; place on a plate. Immediately add reserved vinegar mixture to hot pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Pour into a small bowl; let figs and vinaigrette cool to room temperature.

      Place arugula on a platter; arrange figs over arugula. Sprinkle with cheese and pepper. Drizzle with cooled vinaigrette.

      Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

      NUTRITION PER SERVING
      CALORIES 109(34% from fat); FAT 4.1g (sat 1.4g,mono 2.1g,poly 0.4g); PROTEIN 2.4g; CHOLESTEROL 3mg; CALCIUM 84mg; SODIUM 182mg; FIBER 2.5g; IRON 1.1mg; CARBOHYDRATE 18g

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        critter101 Aug 21, 2006 02:00 AM

        How about something really simple like fresh figs, cut into halves or quarters, and draped with thin slices of prosciutto or ham...great with some freshly cracked pepper and a squeeze of lime.

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        1. re: critter101
          souschef Aug 22, 2006 02:48 AM

          You could also sprinkle some balsamic vinegar and S&P on them, and grill them before doing the prosciutto thing. They are nice warm.

        2. Adrienne Aug 21, 2006 02:42 AM

          If you have coworkers who don't really cook, figs are really delicious just plain and fresh straight -- but they are also great sliced over a salad, or quartered with mozzarella. I'd also second the prosciutto idea.

          Or, if they do cook and just aren't that adventurous, I'd tell them to make a fig jelly, which makes the fruit less exotic seeming and has been a big hit for me served pretty much however (as cookie filling, on toast, whatever).

          1. rworange Aug 21, 2006 02:47 AM

            Well, I LOVE fresh figs cut in half and topped with marscapone ... but sigh ... given the budget and general availability maybe sub whipped cream or even ... Cool Whip ... yeah, I know, you don't want to do that to a nice fig, but still ...

            Cut up and used to top vanilla ice cream?

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            1. re: rworange
              free sample addict aka Tracy L Aug 21, 2006 04:22 AM

              Ice cream is a good idea, I know my coworkers eat lots of ice cream and fro yo. I personally like figs and tapioca pudding with a little whipped cream.

              1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L
                Emme Aug 21, 2006 06:01 AM

                Make fig ice cream -- carmelize some figs, puree and add to a mascarpone or sweet cream ice cream base, then freeze.

                One of the finalists to the Haagen-Daaz ice cream challenge made a fig ice cream... carmelized figs and walnuts.

                1. re: Emme
                  rworange Aug 21, 2006 06:36 AM

                  Yeah, figs and walnuts go really well together. I've done figs, walnuts and a little brown sugar mixed into yogurt.

                2. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L
                  t
                  Timowitz Aug 21, 2006 10:16 PM

                  Chez Panisse Desserts by Lindsey Shere has a recipe for fig ice cream that, I believe, uses fresh figs. It's quite mild, but I really like it.

              2. coll Aug 21, 2006 10:21 AM

                Tell them to dress with a little oil and vinegar, salt and pepper, maybe some parmesan; and grill them for a few minutes. If they have bacon (I won't mention proscitto, my favorite) then wrap them in that too, but not necessary. Could be an appetizer or a dessert.

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                  cheryl_h Aug 21, 2006 01:50 PM

                  There's a recipe for a fig and goat cheese clafoutis which looks good on this blog:

                  http://www.travelerslunchbox.com/jour...

                  Scroll down for the recipe. You could probably use cream cheese instead of goat if any of your coworkers is unfamiliar with chevre.

                  Zuni's chicken with figs is also good, it's a combination of chicken, figs, honey and vinegar. It's easy to make and has lots of good flavors. Around Boston where figs are always expensive, it's a treat.

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                    howboy Aug 21, 2006 03:19 PM

                    Cut top off figs and scoop out insides with a small spoon. Grind into powder 1/4 c. (raw or toasted) almonds with 2 tbl. sugar (don't grind nuts alone or you'll get nut butter). Mix nut mixture with mashed fig innards and 1 tble. unsalted butter. Scoop back into figs. Bake 5 min in 450 oven. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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                      China Aug 21, 2006 05:34 PM

                      A halved fig stuffed with goat cheese and a salted pistachio is truly terrific.

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                        TNExplorer Aug 21, 2006 08:02 PM

                        I love fresh figs halved or quartered, and topped with a bit of honey. Place a little fresh goat cheese under the fig and add the honey, and it gets even better. Some of the other posting are wonderful, but take more work. Here in Tennessee, our figs don't dependably ripen, so one of my most pleasant discoveries has been creating green fig chutney.

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                        1. re: TNExplorer
                          free sample addict aka Tracy L Aug 22, 2006 02:42 AM

                          I have the same problem with my tree. I can't pick them all at around the same time because some are not ripe yet. Do you have recipe for the green fig chutney? I'd like to pick my tree as clean as I can so that my dogs won't get too many windfall figs. Thanks

                        2. vicki_vale Aug 21, 2006 09:43 PM

                          I had the best fresh fig hors d'oeuvres at a fancy Beverly Hills party a few years ago. They were quartered and topped with a tiny perfect drop of creme fraiche? (the earlier suggestion for marscapone sounded great, maybe that was it) and a single toasted piece of hazelnut.

                          1. George Aug 22, 2006 02:29 AM

                            Make fig jam for them!

                            My two favorite fig involved recipes are in Patricia Wells' Paris Bistro cookbook and the chicken leg with figs in the Zuni Cafe cookbook.

                            But if the coworkers don't like to homechow, then really, figs don't need a recipe. I agree with above: they could just use some ice cream, creme anglaise, etc.

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                              Kagey Aug 22, 2006 08:52 AM

                              I wish I worked with you!

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                                lympicita Aug 22, 2006 11:02 AM

                                Sometimes if I can get enought figs I make a tart. We call it "Tig Fie" due to an unfortunate naming incident concerning a lot of alcohol.

                                You will need a flan dish that is about 2inches high.

                                First you need to blind bake a nice short pastry in a flan tin. If you are making your own pastry, it's worth making it a little sweet.

                                Then with it's cold, almost quarter the figs, lengthwise so that you have figs that are opened up.

                                Put the figs onto the pastry base.

                                Then you need to make a victoria sponge batter. You will need to make it a little moister than normal so add a little extra milk or if you want some liquor.

                                You will need enough sponge mix to cover the base of the figs, and leave some of the tops poking out.

                                Bake the whole lot untill the cake mix is cooked.

                                Serve with some really rich vanilla ice cream.
                                Yum.

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