With fresh figs at the market and friends in for dinner three nights this past week, I assembled a simple appetizer for everyone to enjoy with a glass of wine. Ever versatile crostini – crisp, thin, little toasts which I topped with fresh figs, soft goat cheese, a ribbon of Prosciutto and a drizzle of sweet Balsamic syrup. Our guests gobbled them down.
Fabulous Fresh Figs
The first time I had a fresh fig was in San Francisco while taking a food writing course. In a discussion about food I sheepishly admitted I had never tried fresh figs and was promptly handed one to try. I loved them at first bite.
Figs were something I didn’t grow up with. In contrast, my husband’s grandmother had a fig tree so huge they climbed it as kids. The prolific tree produced figs for breakfast and wonderful homemade fig jam. We are shaped by what we grow up eating, but it is never too late to learn.
Sweet and Tender
Sweet tasting with a tender skin and light crunch from the center tiny seeds, figs have a unique taste and texture. Of the many varieties, the black-purple Black Mission and lighter Brown Turkey figs are my favorites.
Perishable, So Use Quickly
Fresh figs don’t store well and are very perishable, which is why they are often dried. Buy them the day of serving or a day before at best, depending on ripeness. I’ve made this recipe with dried figs and even fig jam, but it’s best when fresh figs are available.
No Cooking-Assemble and Enjoy
With almost no cooking required, assemble and enjoy the amazing combination of flavors and textures in this easy appetizer and take advantage of fresh seasonal figs. You can even take the prepped ingredients to a party and assemble there for a fabulous offering.
For wine pairing, a friend had left us a bottle of a dry Italian white wine by Capestrano made from the Passerina grape. Served chilled, this crisp, pale, aromatic wine from Italy’s Marche region was refreshing; the perfect summer accompaniment to the fig crostini with classic Italian flavors.
Other links to information and recipe for fresh figs
Summer wouldn’t be the same without fresh figs, by Kyle Phillips
Spicy Fig Orange Microwave Jam, by Simply Recipes
Fresh Fig and Balsamic Dressing Recipe, by White on Rice Couple