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I can’t resist figs now when I see them at the store. They are beautiful to look at and so delicate & versatile – I love them. But they tend to go bad fast so, when I buy them, I end up eating fig everything. To extend their shelf life, I put them in a Ziplock baggy & put them in a single layer on a shelf in the fridge. That seemed to add a day or two to their lifespan.
These are not really recipes. These are really just suggested ways to use figs.
Fig & Gruyere Quesadilla with Balsamic Glaze & Honey
Gruyere cheese – sliced
Figs – sliced
Bring some balsamic vinegar to a boil & then reduce to a simmer. In 20 minutes – my 1/4 cup of balsamic reduced to only one or two teaspoons of glaze – so boil down an appropriate quantity.
Layer the cheese & figs on a tortilla, fold it over & grill it on both sides until the cheese melts & the tortilla browns.
Slice it up & drizzle with honey & the balsamic glaze. MMMMM!
Fig, Spinach & Whipped Goat Cheese Pizza with Honey
Pizza dough (mine is HERE)
Figs – sliced
Mozzarella – grated
To get whipped goat cheese – simple blend goat cheese with some cream cheese at approximately a 2 to 1 ratio, like – 4 ounces goat cheese to 2 ounces cream cheese. Go heavier with the goat cheese if you want that flavor to be stronger.
Now just roll out your dough, put it on a greased baking sheet and smear some whipped goat cheese on it. Layer some spinach & drizzle with olive oil. Add figs & then some grated mozzarella & bake at about 450-500 (be sure the oven is at full temperature before putting pizza in there) for about 12 minutes or until the cheese melts & the crust browns. Drizzle with honey!