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Aug 14, 2011 02:11 PM

What to do with figs???

I have figs coming out of my ears now. They're growing everywhere around me, and they're all ripe now. I have a million figs that I can be cooking with right now, but I don't know what to do with them.
Got any fig recipes that aren't jam?

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  1. Make a gastrique and serve over poultry or pork. Keeps for a while in the fridge too.

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    1. re: monavano

      What is a gastrique? I tried cooking down the figs and serving it over chicken last year, but I didn't add other stuff to it and it was kind of blah tasting.

      1. re: peskin

        Basically equal parts vinegar and honey. Do a cup each, throw in the figs and simmer until nice and thick, about 30 minutes.
        Very easy.
        I like to use banyuls but sherry vinegar works very nicely and is easier to find.

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      1. Fresh figs so great with blue cheeses, proscuitto and walnuts. You can split figs and bake them at high temp with the other ingredients on top or use them all to make incredible pizzas. Folded into yogurt or whipped cream for breakfast/dessert. You could also dry them in the oven though I've never had enough to warrant that.

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        1. re: escondido123

          I have a dehydrator, I can just imagine that it would take years for a fig to dry as they're so incredibly moist and here, they're roughly the size of a small apple.
          Bake figs with what on top of them?

          1. re: peskin

            a little honey, then top with some vanilla ice cream.

            1. re: sunshine842

              Honey, yoghurt, scattering of pistachios

            2. re: peskin

              Split and baked in a casserole with the blue cheese, proscuitto and walnuts I mentioned above--same ingredients for the pizza. As to dehydrating, I believe you would slice them first or maybe cut into wedges given the size.

          2. Oh, and because too many figs at once time can cause stomach issues, if you have a suggestion for figs that can be preserved, either frozen, or canned, or dehydrated, that's even better for me so I don't need to eat them all up now.

            1. My favorite thing to do is cut them in half, drizzle them with honey and put blue cheese on top of them. Then, roast them at 400 for 15 minutes. Sprinkle good finishing salt and cracked black pepper on top before serving. Enjoy!