Fresh Fig Recipes
These two fresh fig recipes are perfect if you are looking for something a tad unusual to serve as an entree. Fresh figs are such beautiful fruits to look at that they add elegance to any dish. If you are lucky enough to find them, you should definitely give them a try.
Selecting and Storing Figs
A fig is a very delicate fruit that quickly rots after it has been picked. That is why in general you will find them dried. Follow these tips for selecting and storing fresh figs:
- Choose slightly soft, wrinkled fruits, that have a plump feel with no signs of mold.
- Do not buy hard, smooth figs. The fig does not ripen after it is picked.
- If you can pick them off the tree yourself, look for a wrinkled, soft fruit with a drop of nectar hanging from it.
- I wouldn't bother storing them in the refrigerator. It kills their flavor and they're not lasting long no matter what you do. Keep them arranged so they are not touching each other. Most importantly, eat them quickly!
- You can eat all of the fig, except perhaps for a hard point where it hung from the tree. Just be sure to wash before enjoying.
French Cooking with Fresh Figs
- In France you will often find fresh figs featured in salads along with a sharp tasting cheese, as in the recipe below.
- Other popular accompaniments to raw fresh figs are ham and smoked salmon.
- Figs are used similarly to prunes to create salty sweet contrasts in cooked meat dishes.
- You will find fresh fig recipes for desserts such as a clafoutis, as well as baked by themselves.
- And of course, they are eaten just as they are, preferably warm from the tree!
Both of the fresh fig recipes below feature an interesting contrast of flavors. In the first, one of our easy salad recipes
, the sweet fig is played against the salty cheese and the tart vinaigrette, and in the second, it is the
hearty, salty taste of raw cured ham that provides the perfect accompaniment to the fruit. Both of these recipes are meant to be served as entrees, but you may find them satisfying enough by themselves served with a good baguette to make a light meal.