Considering Adding Figs in Your Diet?
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Here are 17 Ways to Enjoy Figs:
- Enjoy as is – dried and fresh figs can be eaten plain. This is one of the simplest ways to enjoy the fruit!
- Use in baked goods – replace chopped dried figs in place of raisins or other dried fruit in baked goods. Some recipes call for fresh figs which add moisture and sweetness to the finished product.
- Make a trail mix – chop dried figs and mix with granola, almonds and chocolate chips for a sweet treat.
- Mix into rice or any grain dish – chop fresh or dried figs and add to grain dish for a deep, nutty flavor.
- Use in a salad – slice fresh figs into thin rounds and lay them on top of a bed of mixed greens and walnuts. Or, add quartered figs to a salad of fennel, arugula and shaved Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with vinaigrette dressing for a zesty flavor. Or, for a Mediterranean flair, add some thinly sliced fresh figs and crumbled feta cheese to a bed of lettuce and top with olive oil and lemon juice.
- Dip in chocolate – slit the side of whole fresh fig and stuff with almonds. Melt semi-sweet chocolate morsels in a pan and dip figs halfway. Let harden completely and enjoy.
- Jazz up yogurt – add a little variety to yogurt by adding some chopped fresh or dried figs along with a handful of granola.
- Serve with cheese – serve fresh or dried figs with a soft cheese like mascarpone and or crème fraiche.
- Stuff – for an appetizer or a dessert, stuff fresh figs with goat cheese and chopped almonds.
- Melt – remove the stems from a fresh fig and cut a small “x” shape in the top of the fig. Stuff a bit of blue cheese into the cut. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.
- Lunch – slice figs and put them on a cheddar cheese sandwich. Consider broiling the cheese on toast first for a grilled fig-cheese sandwich.
- Grill – add chunks of fresh or rehydrated figs to a skewer and grill. Or, put figs on the grill (or use a grill pan indoors) and cook until slightly charred. Grilled figs are a great side dish, dessert topping, or eat-alone snack.
- Roast – sliced fresh or rehydrated figs and roast with sliced sweet potatoes and red onions tossed in a little olive oil.
- Poach – poach whole dried figs in red wine and serve as a condiment with roast poultry or pork. Or for a sweeter touch, poach in juice and serve with yogurt of frozen desserts.
- Broil – fresh or rehydrated figs can be broiled and served with meat, tossed in salads, drizzled with honey and served with yogurt, or served alongside wine and cheese.
- Stir – chopped dried figs can be stirred into peanut butter or cream cheese for a sandwich spread.
- Wrap – wash and dry fresh figs, cutting off the stems. Smear with goat cheese or ricotta, then wrap a piece of cooked bacon or prosciutto around the perimeter. Seal with a toothpick and serve as an elegant salty-sweet appetizer.
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