15 Things to Make with Figs

Last Updated June 13, 2017
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15 fig recipes

Whether tossed in a salad, paired with cheese for a quick and easy appetizer, roasted or braised, figs are one of our prettiest and most versatile fruits. Eat them fresh or try one of these ideas. There's a short season for figs in June, and then the longer season runs from August through October. Figs are best eaten and prepared the day you get them.

Braised Dandelion Greens with Caramelized Figs and Onions in Red Wine

dandelion greens and figs
"This dish was inspired by a leftover half bottle of wine and a plethora of dandelions in my yard."

Unripened Fig Preserves

One of the banes of my gardening existence is the gorgeous, huge fig tree that grows in my backyard.  Situated perfectly to receive...

Bourbon-Fig Jam

Bourbon-Fig Jam
With dried rather than fresh figs, this sweet jam can be made in any season. If available, use dried Turkish figs instead of Mission figs for a jam that is nearly identical in color to the bourbon...

Apple and Fig Stuffed Porchetta Sandwiches

Apple and Fig Stuffed Porchetta Sandwiches
This is a dish for a crowd. If possible, source your pork from a ranch or butcher that deals with pasture-raised pigs. The quality of the meat will not go unnoticed in this rustic preparation. It’s...

Kale, Fig, and Walnut Risotto

Kale, Fig, and Walnut Risotto
I created this recipe because I got bored of mushroom risotto. Make it on a “date night” or double and triple it for a dinner party.

Fig and Cornmeal Tea Cakes

fig leaf stuffed with cornmeal
These simple tea cakes are served nestled in their own edible leaves. Paper muffin liners can be substituted if no fresh fig leaves are available.

Balsamic Roasted Figs with Vegetables

When you are tired of eating fresh figs, try cooking them for a savory side dish. The earthy flavors of the figs pair very well with the sweet acidity of the balsamic vinegar.

Fresh Fig Preserves

cheese rosemary and fig preserves on a cutting board
A simple and basic preserve to amplify one of our region's most delicious summer jewels, fresh figs! This recipe comes from Juniper Market in St. Augustine, where customers in-the-know go during fig...

Chocolate-Bourbon-Almond Stuffed Figs

Chocolate-Bourbon-Almond Stuffed Figs
With one of the finest bourbon selections in Lexington, Enoteca’s tapas menu includes these figs soaked in Willett’s Johnny Drum bourbon. Sip a glass of tawny port to enhance the flavors as you...

Fig Bread

Fig Bread
"My little ones love mashing up the figs and I love having their helping hands in the kitchen."

Figs Braised In Local Honey, Lemon and Rosemary

figs braised in local honey, lemon and rosemary
What do you do when you’re pressed for time, invited people over for dinner, and then forgot half the ingredients you needed for a dessert you had in mind? You rummage frantically through...

Salted Roasted Figs and Cardamom Ice Cream

This cardamom ice cream is built on contrasting textures and flavors—the salty and sweet notes from the roasted figs give this otherwise smooth ice cream a delicious fruity flavor.

Wine-Poached Figs on Ricotta Toast

Wine-Poached Figs on Ricotta Toast
These roasted figs tossed in red wine and honey come together for an easy appetizer that will upstage all others.

Fortified Fig Manhattan

Fortified Fig Manhattan
Figs often remind one of a European winter holiday. Utilizing an at-home infusion technique and a locally made bitter brand, we can bring the Old World to Columbus, especially when we add the...
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