Fresh or dried, figs lend a sublime sweetness to all sorts of dishes, from easy apps to healthful desserts to interesting entrées.
This restaurant-quality dessert will impress absolutely anyone, but it requires eight ingredients and less than 10 minutes
to make. Caramelizing the natural sugars in the fruit gives them intense flavor, an intense balsamic vinegar pan sauce mixed
with creamy and tangy crème fraîche sets off the sweetness, and an sprinkle of pepper adds an unexpected surprise.
View Recipe: Seared Figs and White Peaches with Balsamic Reduction
Read More: Our Guide to Figs
This 5-star recipe proves elegant does not equal fussy. You'll be amazed at the kind of complex flavor you can get from just
four ingredients (not counting salt, pepper, and cooking spray). Sweet dried figs counter the savory bite of blue cheese,
and the elegant rolled presentation bakes in just 20 minutes.
This easy, impressive party app highlights a versatile fig jam that can be made up to three days in advance. On the day of
your party, top bread slices with fig jam, goat cheese, and a sprinkling of walnuts, and broil for about 2 minutes. (Leftover
jam is great on toast or sandwiches.)
View Recipe: Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta
This colorful, elegant dish combines all the different flavors and textures―sweet, tender figs; salty, crisp prosciutto; tangy,
creamy cheese; and brightly sour balsamic vinegar―that are necessary for a perfect summer starter.
View Recipe: Fig, Prosciutto, and Gorgonzola Salad
Just the name makes mouths water, but the flavor of these rolls will blow you away. With the fruity flavor of figs, the bitter
crunch of walnuts, and an ooey-gooey topping to hold it all together, these are a nearly perfect breakfast or dessert.
View Recipe: Fig-Walnut Sticky Buns
A little heat turns a sandwich into a meal. This panini combines the sweet and savory flavors of fig jam and crumbled blue
cheese for a special treat. Don't have a sandwich press? No problem―it's easy to improvise. Just place the sandwich in a regular
nonstick skillet and press it under the weight of a cast-iron skillet or a regular skillet weighted down with cans.
View Recipe: Chicken Panini with Fig Jam
This is a classic French-style macaroon: made with egg whites and ground nuts, crisp on the outside, and chewy within. To
that formula, these cookies add the distinctly American flavors of pecans and Black Mission figs for a whole new macaroon
View Recipe: Fig-Pecan Macaroons
Filled with sweet figs, chewy dates, and crunchy walnuts, this rich, healthful quick bread makes a wonderful breakfast, neighborly
gift, or packable snack. Grated lemon rind, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves add spice.
View Recipe: Fig, Date, and Walnut Quick Bread
This recipe brings together big flavors―the tart sweetness of figs, the savory sweetness of onions, and the pungent kick of
Gorgonzola cheese―in a balanced way. Try this suggestion from eatwelltx to make assembly easier: "I put the toasted bread with the cheese back in the oven (turned off but still warm) to melt the
gorgonzola before adding the fig jam and onions, and this made layering the jam and onions over the cheese much easier. Absolutely
View Recipe: Crostini with Gorgonzola, Caramelized Onions, and Fig Jam
Warm, sweet, and a little bit tangy—a bowlful of these flavors will leave your hunger (and your taste buds) satisfied.
View Recipe: Granola with Honey-Scented Yogurt and Baked Figs
Prosciutto and fresh figs are a classic Italian combination. Here, along with Manchego cheese and fig jam, they create a sweet-savory
sandwich that's simple yet memorable. Great ingredients make all the difference here, so look for a fine loaf of artisan bread
and quality prosciutto.
View Recipe: Prosciutto, Fresh Fig, and Manchego Sandwiches
We tested this recipe with not-too-sweet Brown Turkey figs; if using sweeter Black Mission figs, you may need to decrease
the sugar. The mashed fig mixture can stand as long as overnight.
View Recipe: Fig and Lime Jam
The contrasting flavors of the sweet fruit and tangy lime juice plus the variety of textures in the fruits, nuts, and vegetables
create an intriguing and beautiful first course.
View Recipe: Cantaloupe and Grilled Fig Salad