Easy Fig Recipes | The Assembler’s Kitchen

Before my figgy weekend, I’d never eaten a fig, let alone cooked with figs. But I was seeing them in the store, and I had this sense that they were special. My cooking technique is lacking, so assembly is the name of my kitchen game. But cooking with figs? This is very much out of my comfort zone.

I’ve had some twitter exchanges with Sondra of The Fig and the Girl (@figgirl), and she convinced me that even I could cook with figs and suggested several different fig recipes.

I was feeling daring and adventured to the store for a few new ingredients – besides the figs, I’d never used prosciutto or gorgonzola either.

Ingredients for the Figgy Weekend

  • Figs
  • Prosciutto
  • Amazing Soft Cheese (goat, blue, I used gorgonzola)
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Tortillas
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Steak

Balsamic Infused Figs – The Base for the Figgy Goodness

I was tweeting about my possible fig adventures, and Felisha (Our Daily Salt) (@cheffelisha) suggested that I “infuse” the figs… I’m not exactly sure what that meant, but it sounded pretty fancy. She instructed me via twitter to slice off the tops and bottoms, cover with balsamic, and bring to a slow boil (for a bit). Cutting the tops and bottoms was key, otherwise they’re like weebles that DO fall down.  And not over “boiling” at this point was important too. I think my precious figs might fall apart – and I really wanted them to keep some oomph so that I could do things with them.

Balsamic Infused Figs - Fancy Schmancy

I used these balsamic infused figs as the base for each of these creations.

Prosciutto Wrapped Figs

Wrap the  the figs with a piece of prosciutto (dang – that stuff is thin!) and top with a piece of cheese (I used gorgonzola, but other cheeses would work). Stab ‘em with a toothpick, place on a dish or cookie sheet, and cook at 425 degrees. I’m not sure how long I cooked it, but it wasn’t that long (maybe 10 or 15 minutes?). I’m an assembler, remember? I always forget to look at the clock… When the prosciutto was crispy and the cheese was golden bubbly goodness, it was done. Once they come out, the toothpicks can be removed (the crispy prosciutto holds everything together).

Voila!

I offered to share – no one was around – I ate them all. They are THAT GOOD!

Balsamic Figs Wrapped with Prosciutto and Topped with Gorgonzola

 

Thin Crust Fig and Prosciutto Pizza

I first saw this Ultra Thin Pizza using a tortilla a while back. I’ve made this recipe and played with a few versions of my own. I HIGHLY recommend this approach – its simple, fast, easy, and REALLY good. The key is to not add too many ingredients – the little tortillas are thin and can’t support a ton of toppings. And I do have a pizza stone (I know… shocking for the little assembler), and I think that is pretty important. But if you don’t have one, don’t worry. Elise’s original recipe gives a lot of guidance on cooking these different ways.

I brushed the tortilla with olive oil, spread a thin layer of Parmesan over it, added quartered pieces of the balsamic figs, prosciutto, and gorgonzola. I cooked it for about 10 minutes at 425 degrees (until the outside of the crust was golden and cheese was bubbly).

I was feeling especially adventurous, so I tried a balsamic reduction (a slow boil of the balsamic until it thickens) for a drizzle. It didn’t drizzle that great, but it was a tasty and pretty addition.

I’m curious, did I need to cook the balsamic longer or let it cool for it to be thicker?

<Note to self: buy a little condiment squirter so I can do pretty drizzles….>

Saturday Night Voila!

The BF+ loved this, and I was THRILLED with how it turned out. Simple, interesting, and TASTY! VERY fancy and different for my kitchen!

 

Figgy Pizza

 

Yep, I even have a pizza cutter :)

 

Pizza Cutter and All :)

 

Balsamic Fig & Caramelized Onions Topping for a Steak

I heated the remaining balsamic fig base and added caramelized onions to it. It had this amazing deep purple color – it was GORGEOUS! I topped my steak with the fig/onion mixture and, yes, added some gorgonzola. Brilliant!

Sorry, no picture. I ate it. It was delicious :)

Figgy Weekend Success!

These easy fig recipes required just a few wonderful ingredients and zero technique – they were perfect for this assembler – I will DEFINITELY be experimenting more with figs.

More Fig Recipes

Do you cook with figs? What are your favorite fig recipes?

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Comments

  1. brandi says:

    thanks for the link!

    i LOVE Figs on pizza. so, so good.

    • Kris says:

      thank YOU! I love that I can ask for a recipe or an ingredient an dyou all come to my rescue! Can’t wait to try your cake – mmmmm – so good!

  2. lindsay says:

    you have found the way to my heart! xoxo figgy goodness.
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  3. I had fresh figs for the first time a couple months ago at a restaurant. They were lightly roasted with goat cheese inside and on a bed of prosciutto. Delicious!!
    Karen@WaistingTime recently posted..Behind the Blogging Curtain

  4. Miz says:

    we have a fig tree in our yard.
    Ive been known to eat em till I get me a bellyache :-)
    Miz recently posted..“Is she straight like us?”*

    • Kris says:

      oooooh – I did have one fig prior to the infusion… I’m not sure I would eat a ton by themselves. But apricots? Watch out… I don’t share!

  5. I have never had figs – I don’t think I have ;-) Can you eat them just like the first pic & they taste good – I don’t do cheese or prosciutto or anything like that so curious what they taste like just infusing them….
    Jody – Fit at 53 recently posted..Veterans Day & Help for Veterans

  6. Mmm, figs – well done! both recipes look good – I want that pizza right now!

    I laughed out loud… offering them when nobody was around – I pictured you alone, saying it out loud, giving a shrug and eating the rest! :D

    have a happy weekend, friend!
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    • Kris says:

      Yes! That is EXACTLY how it happened. I offered…. to an empty house… and shrugged ;) I was quite pleased with myself – ha!

  7. Jamie says:

    I bought a package of dried figs, but haven’t gotten around to cooking with them. I’ll need to find some fresh ones and try some of your recipes. I’m glad they worked out well for you!
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