Figs

Fogs

Photography by Leanne Capuzziello

 

My mum would argue that the only way to eat a fig is straight away, skin an all! And although I am inclined to agree with her, I think by taking a little extra time and some simple ingredients you can create something even more delicious. 

Figs

When selecting these little gems it’s worth noting that once a fig has been plucked from the tree it will ripen no further, therefore my advise would be to spend a little extra time selecting the ripest ones with the sweetest smell and deepest colour.

Sadly figs are a perishable fruit that won’t last long, maybe 2-3 days in the fridge at best. If however you are like me this isn’t really a concern as they are lucky to make it across the supermarket car park nevermind lasting 2-3 days in the fridge! If you are preparing for a dinner party then I would suggest either buying the day before or on the day if possible. 

Figs are an extremely versatile and work well sweet and savory, I like to combine them with intense ingredients like the roquefort cheese that I have used below  (recipe below) or a salty prosciutto which is an Italian classic. If however these flavours are a little too strong for your palate, then you could use something milder such as buffalo mozzarella or ricotta, which would work just as well.  

Perfect for those lazy days when you want to keep things simple or maybe as an aperitif or starter,  what’s great about these recipes is that they can be adapted to suit anyone’s tastes. 

Figs

Photography by Leanne Capuzziello

Fig & Roquefort Salad
Serves 6
A quick and simple fig and roquefort salad
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
237 calories
14 g
23 g
18 g
7 g
6 g
101 g
493 g
9 g
0 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
101g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237
Calories from Fat 156
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
28%
Saturated Fat 6g
30%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 23mg
8%
Sodium 493mg
21%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 3g
10%
Sugars 9g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
67%
Vitamin C
7%
Calcium
21%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 250g mixed salad leaves
  2. 12 figs
  3. 30g walnuts (optional)
  4. 150g roquefort cheese
  5. 3 tbsp olive oil
  6. 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  7. salt to taste
Instructions
  1. 1. Wash and drain the salad. Wash the figs and cut into quarters.
  2. 2. Coarsely crush the nuts and crumble the roquefort cheese. In a bowl mix together the oil, vinegar and salt (to taste) and whisk lightly.
  3. 3. Divide the salad, figs, roquefort cheese and walnuts into 6 individual bowls and drizzle over the dressing of oil and vinegar.
Notes
  1. For a little extra sweetness you could add grapes.
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calories
237
fat
18g
protein
7g
carbs
14g
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Ideas For Dinner http://www.ideasfordinner.co.uk/
Figs

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Figs, Gorgonzola & Mascarpone Cheese.
Serves 4
Figs, Gorgonzola & Mascarpone Cheese on toast
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
370 calories
51 g
28 g
12 g
16 g
7 g
120 g
853 g
15 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
120g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 370
Calories from Fat 106
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g
19%
Saturated Fat 7g
37%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 28mg
9%
Sodium 853mg
36%
Total Carbohydrates 51g
17%
Dietary Fiber 2g
10%
Sugars 15g
Protein 16g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
24%
Iron
15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 4 slices of sourdough bread
  2. 150g gorgonzola & mascarpone cheese
  3. 4 figs sliced
  4. 2 tbsp of runny honey
Instructions
  1. 1. Wash and slice the figs. In a griddle pan add a tbsp of honey and then the figs, gently heat the figs until caramelised but still firm then remove from the pan.
  2. 2. Using the same pan toast the slices of sourdough bread until golden brown.
  3. 3. spread the gorgonzola and mascarpone cheese onto the toasted bread. Then carefully place 2-3 fig slices and light drizzle the remaining honey over each piece.
Notes
  1. Tip: If you are unable to find gorgonzola and mascarpone cheese, then buy separately and coarsely mix together.
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calories
370
fat
12g
protein
16g
carbs
51g
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Ideas For Dinner http://www.ideasfordinner.co.uk/

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