The mania for late-summer figs continues, with Chowhounds offering more ideas for sweet and savory ways to use these versatile fruits.
Fresh figs are especially delicious paired with salty fresh cheeses like goat, Gorgonzola, and feta, and with cured pork. Many hounds like them halved, topped with goat cheese, and drizzled with honey or wrapped in prosciutto and briefly grilled. JasmineG tops pizza with figs and feta, and adds prosciutto as soon as it comes out of the oven. Basilette serves warm figs with feta and basil for a sweet-savory dessert.
“Fig tarts are the food of gods,” enthuses carswell. Quartered figs are amazing in this brown butter custard tart, says ginqueen (just substitute figs for the apples in the recipe). amazinc makes a “scrumptious” fig upside-down cake by substituting figs for pineapple in a standard recipe, and mnosyne loves fig-honey gelato.
Fresh figs are “great in certain sandwiches when you want to add an element of sweetness,” says Miss Needle. rworange is a fan of adding figs to grilled cheese sandwiches, especially when they’re made with a smoked cheese, which lends a bacon-y note.
And check out CHOW’s Chicken with Goat Cheese and Figs.