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Fresh Fig Ideas?

I recently discovered fresh figs and made a purchase of many of them from whole foods when I saw them put out. Im not sure how long they stay good and enjoy eating them on their own but I was looking for some other ideas on what I can possibly do with them.

Any suggestions as a way to dip, be part of a dip, dessert, meal, anything would be greatly appreciated??

Thank you.

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  1. cut an x into the top of the fig, stuff with blue cheese, bake, and drizzle with honey

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    1. re: bitsubeats

      along the same lines, stuff with a dab of blue cheese, wrap in a piece of proscuitto and broil for a few minutes

      stuff with foi gras and then wrap in prosuitto and broil

    2. Wrap in proscuito, skewer, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and grill. You will swoon.

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      1. re: SweetPea

        very similar idea. stuff with goat cheese, wrap with prosciutto, brush with balsamic glaze and grill.

      2. The fig tart in "The Last Course" by Claudia Fleming is seriously delicious. Some of the figs are used to make a jam for the filling, with the rest reserved for generously topping the tart,

        A friend makes a chicken & fig dish that's also good. I believe it was a NYTimes recipe from a few years ago. Google around, as I suspect there are other chicken/fig dishes.

        And I second the fig/bleu cheese and fig/prosciutto bits others have suggested. Terrific combos.

        1. I've used the basic Chicken Marbella recipe from Silver Palate, reduced the oregano, and substituted figs in there. Rave reviews.

          1. A really great salad idea from Ursula Ferrigno's book Truly Italian: Rocket (arugula) and fig salad. 8 ounces of arugula mixed with quartered fresh figs (be generous with the figs, i use 6-8 figs cut into quarters). Mix 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice with 2-3 tablespoons of the best extra virgin olive oil as you can find. dress salad with mixture, then sea salt, and fresh ground black pepper to taste, good to go. If you like arugula, this is a fantastic salad.

            1. I had 5 fig trees in my yard and found many uses for them they go great with Chicken, stuffed, or on a cold sandwich with borsin cheese. grilled or broiled with a bit of honey for breakfast and if you find they start to go bad before you can eat them are a great meat tenderizer. but the best way to eat a fig is with good ripe cheese and a nice crisp glass of Oregon pinot gris.

              1. If you want to have a lot of fun with it, flambe the figs to really bring out the sugars and top with a nice blue cheese.

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                1. re: thunderbug84

                  Wash figs carefully, dip into bittersweet chocolate, cool. Cut figs in halves, and arrange on plates. Drizzle creme anglaise over figs for a simple, elegant and luscious dessert.

                2. A couple Ideas,
                  - I love grilled pizza with caramelized onion, balsamic reduction good fontina and fresh fig (fig added after everything else cooks).
                  - Instead of stuffing with blue cheese try herbed goat cheese or boursin
                  -Stuff with Marscapone and drizzle with honey

                  There are few seasonal foods I get more excited about than fresh figs. I usually end up eating most of the ones I buy plain.

                  1. Thinly sliced figs over a lemon tart or plain cheesecake
                    Grilled whole figs served over frozen yogurt

                    and this pasta salad: http://www.paradisenursery.com/pawifi...

                    1. Fresh fig tarts in puff pastry easy and beautiful!
                      Fig and raspberry newtons - so GOOD!

                      1. A great sandwich is goat cheese, fresh figs, and prosciutto (or even ham) on toasted bread (I like sourdough or another crustier "white" bread).

                        1. OPen out with an "X" cut, drizzle with honey, shave on Pecorino Romano, sprinkle with torn mint, a squeeze of lime juice.