Fresh figs in season are one of life's great pleasures. Enjoy them when you can find them, with these fabulous fig recipes that make the most of this rich, sweet, luscious-tasting fruit. We've got ideas for adding figs to every course, from a sophisticated breakfast smoothie to sweet and savory salads, sauces, party appetizers, preserves, and of course, rich desserts.
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Fresh Fig Tart
Create an Instagrammable dessert for parties, potlucks, and special dinners with this sophisticated, French bakery-style fig and honey tart with a sweet and lemony cheesecake filling. Serve with additional honey for guests to drizzle over top.
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Homemade Fresh Fig Jam
Homemade fresh fig jam for spreading on crostini, adding to cheese boards, and folding into sauces and dressings is as easy as this simple, three-ingredient recipe. Cook up a large batch in just over an hour for immediate use or store to have on hand to dress up a variety of dishes.
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Blue Cheese-Stuffed Figs
Blue cheese-stuffed figs make an elegant addition to any appetizer party, and are a popular New Year's Eve nibble. They are easily prepared with ripe fresh figs, your favorite soft and creamy blue cheese, and a little salt and pepper to taste.
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Fig Blue Cheese Spinach Salad With Warm Bacon Dressing
Fresh figs and blue cheese mingle with toasted pecans, tangy red onion, and soft spinach leaves in this elegant dinner salad that features an out-of-this-world warm bacon dressing. Serve it when you want to impress family and friends.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Create a stunning topping for vanilla ice cream with this simple, sophisticated, saucy recipe for figs sauteed in a rich, buttery honey sauce. Add a couple of tablespoons of sweet, fortified wine, such as port or Madeira, if you like, for a boozy taste that can't be beat.
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Be the host or hostess with the mostest when your party includes a platter of delectable fig crostini appetizers. They are as pretty as they are delicious, and so simply prepared on toasted baguette slices, with a bit of balsamic vinegar and simple seasonings. Add goat cheese crumbles, if you like, for extra richness.
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Fig and Kale Salad
Figs add their rich, full, sweet flavor to a fresh-tasting chopped kale salad with creamy avocado, carrot, zucchini, and tender leafy greens, that makes a gorgeous addition to a summertime potluck or dinner party plate.
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Fig Drop Cookies
Fig Newton lovers are sure to flip for these sweety, moist, buttery, figgy homemade cookies. Bake up a couple dozen in just 30 minutes for enjoying with your afternoon coffee, adding to kids' lunchboxes, or snacking on during family movie nights.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Labneh is a soft, creamy, mild Middle Eastern cheese that makes a lovely counterpoint to warm, rich-tasting baked fresh figs. The cheese-stuffed figs are drizzled with honey, and sprinkled with pistachios, for a lovely presentation.
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Moist Fig Preserves Cake With Caramel Glaze
Dense, rich, moist fig cake makes a wonderful treat for your book club, or enjoying solo with a cup of tea. It is made with fig preserves, and topped with a to-die-for caramel glaze that you will want to re-purpose for other dessert recipes, or pour over ice cream.
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Fig and Honey Smoothie
Up your smoothie game with this luscious-tasting recipe made with fresh figs, banana, Greek yogurt, and honey. Enjoy it in place of dessert on healthy-eating days, or as a delicious breakfast treat to start your day.
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Spiced Pickled Figs With Ginger and Cardamom
Spiced, sweet, and sour pickled figs with ginger and cardamom make a tasty sauce to serve alongside your holiday turkey or roast pork, or for adding as a relish to cheese boards. This recipe includes canning tips, so you can store the sauce until you're ready to enjoy it.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Salty, crunchy bacon and sweet, yielding figs are an ingredient match made in heaven. Here, they add up to one fabulous appetizer that is sure to disappear quickly from party platters, with only two ingredients to worry about.
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Figgy pudding is not just a catchy lyric in a popular Christmas carol, it's also a moist, rich, delicious, spiced, souffle-like dessert made with plenty of dried figs and all of your favorite holiday baking ingredients.
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Figs in Spiced Syrup
Cooking fresh figs in a spiced, sweetened syrup is a great way to extend the life of this fast-ripening fruit. Cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves combine to flavor the sugared syrup, making it a delicious option for topping ice cream, yogurt bowls, or even roasted game meats such as lamb and venison.