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Aug 20, 2006 10:16 PM

Fig recipe challenge

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:

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

    1. 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)

      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

      1. 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

          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. 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. 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

              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

                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

                  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

                  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.