Monday, September 15, 2008

More Fig Recipes!

Since fig season is in full swing, I'm directing you to a story I wrote for National Public Radio online (npr.org), for their Kitchen Window Column. It's no secret that I LOVE fresh figs, so I was very happy to do a bit of research and write about them.

Of course, there are 3 brand new recipes that you'll only find on NPR, so head over for:
  • Fig and Chicken Kebabs with Rosemary
  • Fig and Wheatberry Salad
  • Fig Clafouti
All three are really simple, so they're a cinch to make, and the flavor of your fresh figs is the major focus. The kebabs are actually a take off on the nectarine kebabs I posted a few weeks ago, so try out this new variation. The clafouti is a really easy, yet prettily French, homestyle dessert you can make and eat anytime of day. It's often done with cherries or plums, but figs are a great new twist.

I also did a fun podcast to go along with the story, which you can download here.

What have you been doing with fresh figs this year? Leave a comment and let me know!


9 comments:

Christie's Corner said...

Sadly, I've done nothing with figs so far this year. I've seen them at market but am now kicking myself for not picking them up.

If there are figs this Saturday, I'm planning to make fig ice cream. With a little port. Topped off with 25-year-old balsamic vinegar...

cheryl said...

I love, love, love your Kitchen Window story! For some reason I wasn't bright enough to figure out how to listen to the actual podcast, but I was able to read the text, which was a perfect love letter to the little fruits. I've been playing with figs a lot lately, too. On my blog right now I have two salads (a Zen Salad with Purple Fruits, and a Fig & Cress Salad) as well as a Fig Galette with Pistachio Frangipane. It's all figs all the time around here.

Nice to find someone as crazy about them as I am.

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Sarah said...

I agree with you--fresh figs ARE the best! If you feel a need to jazz them up, I suggest placing a dollop of goat cheese on half a fig, then wrapping the fig in a paper-thin slice of prosciutto. A teensy drizzle of balsamic makes it a lovely little morsel!

Mallika said...

I'm still very new to them. Tell me, do you eat the skin? We had a few arguments about this with friends on holiday recently.

Julie said...

Mallika: you definitely eat the skin! If it seems "inedible" for any reason, the fig probably isn't in the best condition.

maggie said...

llllove fresh figs. My favorite is a salad where you quickly roast the figs with a shallot in a bit of red wine vinegar. The shallot/vinegar part gets added to olive oil for the dressing, and you toss the warm figs with soft goat cheese and arugula until the goat cheese melts a bit...yum. Also good with hazelnuts or pine nutsadded.

Julie said...

Cheryl and Maggie: all those ideas sound wonderful. I never run out of things to do with figs. I need to stop doing my old faves and branch out.

Johnny5 said...

I had a recipe for rack of lamb with a mission fig & whole grain mustard crust. But I didn't write it down, now I can't find it anywhere on the net. Did anyone see it, it was delicious.