The California fig season is officially underway! These fragile, pear-shaped beauties are one of our favorites and between Rochelle and I, we are fortunate enough to have five beautiful fig trees to harvest from. Plump and mildly sweet, fresh figs are delicious in their natural state or can be added to an array of savory or sweet dishes. Below are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy fresh California figs:
Goat Cheese and Fig Toast
Bread of your choice, toasted (we use Beckmanns bread from our local farmers market)
Fresh figs, sliced
Raw organic honey
Salt and pepper
Drizzle toast with olive oil, season lightly with salt and pepper and toast. Spread the fresh goat cheese on the warm toast, drizzle with honey, add a little pepper and top with fresh fig slices. Garnish with thyme.
Add this easy-to-make salsa to sliced, smoked steak for a hint of sweetness.
Fresh figs, cut into bite sized pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
Fresh parsley, chopped
Pinch salt & pepper
Mix together oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Drizzle over figs, add parsley and scallions and mix to combine. Garnish with blue cheese crumbles. Also, great on a steak crostini!
Blue Cheese, Honey and Walnut Figs
This super easy, savory appetizer bursts with some incredible flavors. The saltiness of the blue cheese complements the sweetness of the ripe homegrown figs finished with a delightful nuttiness of toasted organic walnuts. Click here for the recipe
Whether you love them or never tried them we are gonna try to make you fall for our fig creations this season. As a nutritious fruit that is mostly produced in California, we are going to share with you a few ways to spruce up your meals starting with figs on an all time favorite, pizza. Not only are they delicious and different, they add a little seasonal fun to your dishes and are great for parties. You will definitely be the one to make everyone fall for figs.
Slice the onions to desired thickness and saute in a thick-bottomed pan with olive oil, salt and little butter until nice and brown.
Roll pizza dough as thinly as possible on a cutting board or pizza pill (I like to use a rolling pin to do this.) Drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt and a pinch of pepper. Cut the figs to desired thickness and arrange them on the pizza. Next, crumble the blue cheese and bake on a pizza stone for 10 minutes or when crust is golden brown. With 1 – 2 minutes left to bake, open the oven and add several slices of prosciutto to the pizza. Continue cooking until done. Top baked pizza with fresh arugula to add a bright peppery finish.
**Variation** For those of you who do not like onions or blue cheese, try sprinkling chopped rosemary on dough and substitute the blue cheese for goat cheese instead!
Homemade Pizza Dough – makes 4 medium pizzas
4 cups flour (I use high performer pizza flour, but any flour will do)
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tsp. dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 tsp salt
Mix the yeast with 1/4 cup warm water in a small cup and set aside. Mix together in a separate bowl the flour and salt and slowly add the yeast mixture. Mix together with the additional 1 1/2 cups of warm water until dough forms a sticky ball. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until the dough doubles in size. Once the dough has risen, sprinkle the dough on a flour surface and cut into quarters. Knee the dough for about 10 minutes, adding more flour as needed. Set the dough aside and let rest for 15 minutes before preparing your pizza.
Did you know? Fig trees have no blossoms on their branches. The blossom is inside of the fruit! Many tiny flowers produce the crunchy little edible seeds that give figs their unique texture.