Rich in minerals and insoluble fiber, figs are the star fruit of the month of September and can be incorporated into many savory or sweet recipes. What’s more, this purple fruit is one of the foods rich in antioxidants that should not be overlooked.
Versatile and super delicious, it can be found in every dish, from breakfast to dessert! To better benefit from its unparalleled freshness, the editorial staff of Deavita.fr offers 9 tested and approved fig recipes to concoct at home.
Recipes with figs to start the day in a delicious way
As mentioned above, figs invite themselves to a large number of delicious, easy, and quick recipes. So let’s start our article with the most important meal of the day: breakfast through 4 ideas glorifying figs! Our first proposal? The fig toast recipe.
Ingredients to get:
- Seed bread
- Neufchâtel cheese
- Olive oil
- Sea salt
First, toast your slices of seed bread. Then spread softened cheese on it, garnish with sliced figs and drizzle with olive oil and honey. Finally, season with sea salt.
Yogurt with fresh figs and honey decorated with pine nuts
Let’s continue our recipes with fresh figs in a gourmet proposal whose combination of flavors will delight your taste buds. Here are the ingredients to get:
- 3 tablespoons of pine nuts
- ¼ cup of honey
- ½ teaspoon of edible rose water
- 3 cups of plain Greek yogurt
- 16 fresh figs, halved
Toast the pine nuts in a small pan (without adding fat) over medium-low heat, stirring often. Cook for about 4 minutes. Then transfer the pine nuts to a plate.
Heat the honey and rose water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Continue to cook for a minute without bringing it to a boil. Finally, add the fresh figs to the Greek yogurt, sprinkle with the hot honey preparation and garnish with toasted pine nuts.
Fig recipes for breakfast: milk pudding flavored with caramel and rose water
Ingredients for the pudding:
- ⅓ cup of cornstarch
- 3 cups of whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- Pinch of kosher salt
For the preparation of the caramel:
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of corn syrup
- 1 cinnamon stick
- ½ teaspoon of rose water
- 8 fresh figs, cut into wedges
Preparation of the pudding:
In a medium bowl, combine the cornstarch with a cup of milk and set aside. Then take a medium-sized saucepan and heat the following ingredients in it over medium heat, stirring occasionally: heavy cream, honey, sugar, salt, and two cups of milk. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, until the mixture begins to boil. Then gradually add the cornstarch mixture while stirring. Cook for 1 minute. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Preparation of the caramel:
Put the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Continue to cook, turning the pan slightly from time to time until the caramel turns golden, do not stir! Remove from the heat, add the cinnamon stick, pour in 1/4 cup of water, and mix. Then add the rose water followed by the figs. Remove the cinnamon.
Finally, whip the cooled pudding until smooth and creamy. Divide the preparation between your prepared bowls and garnish with the caramel-fig mixture.
A delicious aperitif idea with figs
Are you looking for some original appetizer recipes to amaze your guests the next evening? Are you tired of always stumbling across the same ideas? So do not worry because the editorial staff is always at your side to reveal the novelties in the culinary world. Today, we are going to concoct bacon figs for a gourmet aperitif!
- 140g sliced bacon
- 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 8 ripe fresh figs, halved lengthwise
- 2 tablespoons of sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Cook bacon slices in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often, 8-10 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a small bowl using a slotted spoon. Leave 2 tablespoons of fat in the pan and scoop out the remaining amount.
- Pour the maple syrup into the pan and stir to combine. Heat over medium-high heat. Add the figs in a single layer, cut sides facing down. Cook, stirring the liquid, for about 5 minutes.
- Arrange the figs on a plate, cut sides facing up, and garnish with slices of cooked bacon.
- Heat the pan over medium heat, pour in the vinegar, and stir. Bring to a boil and cook for about a minute. Finally, sprinkle the figs with the syrup obtained, then sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
Fig recipes: a summer salad that combines great flavors
What to do with fresh figs? Prepare a good summer salad, of course! In the next variation, the melon is swapped for prosciutto, but don’t hesitate to add this star summer fruit to it! And here are the ingredients needed to make 4 salads:
- ¼ cup sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- 16 figs, cut
- 450 g tomatoes, cut into slices
- ½ cup mint leaves
- Kosher salt
- 50g thinly sliced prosciutto
In a large bowl, combine the vinegar with honey and extra virgin olive oil. Then add the figs, tomatoes, and mint leaves. Salt and stir well. Divide the fig salad among four plates and garnish with the prosciutto. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.
The famous Caprese salad… with figs!
Let’s continue our fig recipe ideas with another summer salad that imitates the famous Caprese! Here are the necessary ingredients:
- 220 g of mozzarella
- 220g fresh ripe figs, cut into wedges
- Basil leaves
- Ground black pepper
- Sea salt
- Olive oil
Tear the mozzarella into pieces and arrange them on a plate. Then, arrange the figs and sprinkle them with basil. Finally, salt, pepper and sprinkle with olive oil.
Watermelon, chicory and figs: the salad offering an explosion of flavors
Here is the latest salad idea where figs make the difference! So, get yourself the ingredients listed below (for 4-6 servings) and enjoy yourself.
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Seedless watermelon, cut into triangles
- Red endive
- 220 g fresh figs, halved lengthwise
- 1 cup of olives
- Sea salt
In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, and honey. Add salt and pepper. Divide and arrange the watermelon, endive, figs, and olives on plates. Drizzle with the dressing you just prepared and finally season with sea salt.
How about a roast duck with potatoes and figs?
Yes, figs can be found in almost any recipe, even for roast dishes. And here is the proof!
- 2 Peking ducks
- 2 large onions, cut into wedges
- 1 bunch of large rosemary
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 kg of peeled potatoes
- 1 kg of fresh figs cut in half
1. Preheat the oven to 200 ° C. Cut out the fatty areas of the ducks along the back, thighs, and breast.
2. Stuff the ducks with onion and rosemary. Salt and pepper generously.
3. Place the ducks (breast side down) in a large roasting pan and pour in ½ cup of water. Roast for about 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer the ducks to another container. Carefully pour the melted fat into a heat-resistant measuring cup.
4. Combine the potatoes with ¼ cup of the fat in the roasting tin. Add salt and pepper. Move the potatoes to the edges and place the ducks in the center of the container, breasts up. Roast for 50-60 minutes. Then place the ducks on a cutting board and let them stand for about 10 minutes before slicing.
5. Meanwhile, put the figs and 4 sprigs of rosemary in the roasting pan. Mix well and roast until figs are tender and juicy, 5-8 minutes. Serve the meat garnished with potatoes and figs.
Dessert with figs and apples to accompany your cup of tea!
Did you like our irresistible apple cobbler ideas? So, if your answer is “yes”, we invite you to discover our latest recipe with figs combining apples with these purple fruits to offer us a unique dessert.
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter + a small additional amount
- 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar
- ½ cup of powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
- 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
- 3 large eggs at room temperature
- ⅔ cup of whole milk at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons of dark rum
- ¾ cup of fresh cream at room temperature
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
- About 4 large apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1 cm thick rounds
- 170g fresh figs, halved lengthwise
1. Preheat the oven to 200 ° C. Butter a shallow baking dish and sprinkle with brown sugar. In a medium bowl, mix the powdered sugar with the lemon zest and stir in the vanilla seeds. Use your fingers to mix the ingredients better until you get a very fragrant mixture.
2. Next, blend the eggs in a blender for 1 minute. Gradually add the milk followed by the rum. Stir in the sugar mixture, sour cream, flour, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Blend until you get a smooth consistency. Set aside.
3. Cook the 4 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the apples, a pinch of salt, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Toss to coat well.
4. Arrange apples in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking. Set aside until the fruit has cooled slightly. Then place them in a previously prepared container. Add the figs. Carefully pour the cream over the fruit. Set the oven to 190 ° C and bake for 30-35 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.
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