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what to do w/fresh figs besides gobbling?

My daughter has a fig tree (YAHOO) and it is producing. They are a bit small but very good. I usually just eat them, but since they don't eat them (well, my granddaughter does but only because she saw her Gigi doing it!) I am getting to bring them home. I have never had access to this many figs before. What else can I do with them?

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  1. They make awesome jam (and pair well with other fruits since they're so sweet). They also really pretty up any summer tart. My favorite way to eat them (that's not straight off my neighbor's tree while i'm walking the dog... he said it was ok) is sliced on cottage cheese with honey and sesame seeds.

    1. Fig tarts are the food of gods.

      I also like to halve them, top with a little fresh chèvre, drizzle with balsamic vinegar, wrap in a paper-thin slice of prosciutto and bake in a hot oven (or grill over charcoal) for 5-8 minutes.

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      1. re: carswell

        I love this combination. I've made it on pizza, too. Mouth watering.

        1. re: carswell

          Substitute the chevre with some gorganzola and now we're talking! Pair that with a good tawny port and you are in heaven.

          1. re: carswell

            I second this. It is absolutely delicous.

          2. I made a plum and fig chutney last year which was pretty good - delicious with cheese. I also like figs grilled with goat's cheese and honey, and maybe some prosciutto. Fig tart is also very nice.

            You're really lucky to have access to good figs - they're hard to come by here in the UK.

            1. Cut them in half, wrap in prosciutto and either eat them just like that, or grill briefly. Yum! Salty and sweet.

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              1. re: roxlet

                Fresh figs with goat cheese and a drizzle of honey make an excellent hors d'oeuvre. People gobble it up.

                1. re: lattelover

                  That's exactly what I'm having for dinner right now and it's delicious.Tastes like summer!

              2. David Lebovitz has a wonderful recipe for Fig ice cream on his website

                davidlebovitz.com