Late summer into fall brings one of my favorite fruits: the fig.
Tear into a plump fig and find it filled with a sweet, sticky filling ready for the taking. Nature’s ready-make jam. The fig is suggestive of unmentionable things for very mentionable reasons—it is lusciously perfumed, somewhat savory, and is complemented best with honey and cream. Need I say more?
Figs are one of those joyous foods that are best when prepared simply, so don’t think that you’ll need to make a fuss in the kitchen to get them right. A drizzle of honey, a dollop of cream, a smattering of cheese, these are things a fig will pair best with. Try out some of these uses for figs:
- Eat them whole. Really. You’ll be surprised how hearty three or four figs can be.
- Simmer whole or chopped in cider, wine, or port until thick. Serve with whipped cream.
- Slice and place inside a peanut butter sandwich.
- Chop and toss with warm fettuccini, olive oil, and your fave cheese.
But if you’re really ready to get cooking with figs, try out some of these tried and true recipes: