51 responses

  1. The Wimpy Vegetarian
    October 6, 2012

    Figs without friends can definitely be underwhelming in flavor and texture. in my book, it’s the friends that make the difference – just like in life – like the other stuff in the jam, and in the sandwich. This is a great way to use up some of my fig preserves in the frig! Thanks for the idea :-)

    • The Spicy RD
      October 8, 2012

      Love what you say! So, true, it’s definitely the friends that make the difference in all things!

  2. foodwanderings
    October 6, 2012

    Love this post EA. Wasn’t cheating, really! :) I love fresh figs but here this recent batch was the tastiest I’ve gotten in years. Yours looks beautifully plump. My husband’s family on the other hand only figs they knew were fig newtons though J is probably more of a fresh, dried or as a jam, fig aficionado than I. I am in fact planning on making a fig chutney panini as an easy dinner tonight, similar to your sandwich! :)

    • The Spicy RD
      October 8, 2012

      Love your fig chuntney Shulie & imagine it would be quite tasty with this sandwich. Thank for making me feel like I’m not a cheat :-)

  3. kellie@foodtoglow
    October 6, 2012

    I LOVE figs. When I lived in Florida I had never tasted a fresh fig. Never saw one to my knowledge (this was pre-90s). But funnily enough living in the UK we get loads of luscious black figs when in season. Usually from Turkey, but we grow them here too. I like your sandwich idea – nice and easy. Try to find black ones; they are really so much nicer than the green ones (sorry green ones!). Fig jam and fig chutney (with tamarind) are top spreads in my house (liven up a plain cheese sandwich no end). I hope to post a fig, plum and cobnut salad soon and will pop it into the round-up.

    • The Spicy RD
      October 8, 2012

      Funny, I was actually on the lookout for black figs, but none were to be found. OK-now I’m really curious…What’s a Cobnut???

  4. Helena / Rico sin Azúcar
    October 6, 2012

    Susan, both recipes are delicious! love these ham loavesand those fig&cheese bites, really good!

    Sending you loads of #figlove 😉

    • The Spicy RD
      October 8, 2012

      Thanks Helena-sending #figlove right back atcha!

  5. Laura West Kong
    October 6, 2012

    I love fresh figs! Black and even green. They have to be good and ripe though. Their honey-sweetness doesn’t really develops until they’re soft. Dried figs are a great flavorful dessert sweetener and portable snack as well.

    I’ll try to whip up a fun autumny fig recipe for you.

    • The Spicy RD
      October 8, 2012

      These green figs were actually quite soft and ripe, but from what I’ve read, they have a much subtler flavor. Still, they were perfect for “holding” the goat cheese, nuts & fig preserves. Can’t wait for you autumny fig recipe!!

  6. valerie
    October 7, 2012

    I’m going to prepare that sandwich, I love sweet/salty dishes. And your pictures are also really nice, I love the one with the sandwich and jam pot on back.

    • The Spicy RD
      October 8, 2012

      Thanks Valerie, and I am SO with you on loving sweet/salty combos!

  7. TR
    October 7, 2012

    These look really great, I always love your photography skills, and these look so delicious!

    • The Spicy RD
      October 8, 2012

      Thanks so much TR, and a big thanks for being our #figlove head host :-)

  8. angela@spinachtiger
    October 7, 2012

    Bravo to this. That has to be the best ham sandwich I’ve ever seen. I buy fig spread to. I use it for all kinds of things, even making salad dressing. Beautiful photos.

    • The Spicy RD
      October 8, 2012

      Thanks so much Angela! I can’t wait to try your Roast Chicken with figs-it looks divine!

  9. Terra
    October 7, 2012

    That is so interesting to read your thought on fresh figs, everyone RAVES about them. I founds some at my local farmers market, but they were all bruised…..so totally passed of course:-) I love the recipes you created with the fresh figs though, and can only imagine that goat cheese would make them spectacular:-) Yum, Hugs, Terra

    • The Spicy RD
      October 8, 2012

      I know Terra…I guess that’s what led to my initial disappointment. But I’m glad I perservered, and now I have so many other fabulous ideas to try from my #figlove co-hosts. Hugs to you too!

  10. Deanna Segrave-Daly
    October 7, 2012

    Hee hee – totally enjoyed this post and thankful that your “guilt” paid off to us readers getting TWO great fig recipe ideas from ya! I agree – I love fresh figs but they always need to be paired with nuts & cheese (and even bacon in some cases) So fun to share the #figlove with ya – missing you at FNCE!

    • The Spicy RD
      October 8, 2012

      Thanks so much Deanna! Yes, I am one of those people who needs to be cleared of any guilt :-) Hope you’re having fun at FNCE!

  11. Tanya @ Dine, Dash, and Deadlift
    October 7, 2012

    Not cheating at all. If you posted those Fig Newtons as your #figlove recipe, well then I might be apt to label you a cheater! I have a Fig and Ginger (I think) jam from Stonewall Kitchen that I like, but have to use sparingly as it is a bit overpowering!

    • The Spicy RD
      October 8, 2012

      I tell ya’, I almost came up with a gluten-free fig newton recipe, because those were some of my favorite cookies as a kid :-) Love the Stonewall Kitchen products!

  12. Alysa (InspiredRD)
    October 7, 2012

    Oh yum! I had never tried fresh figs before last year when we got them in our co-op basket. I made a gluten-free tart with fresh figs and dates (the dates were fresh from the trees across the street). I love the delicate flavor, and now I need to go find some more to make these treats!

    • The Spicy RD
      October 8, 2012

      OK-now I’m totally craving a slice of your gluten-free fig and date tart! Is the recipe on your blog???

  13. teri@managedmacros
    October 8, 2012

    I have never tried fresh figs…only the preserves and the butter, which BTW I am a BIG fan of. I love your creativity and your beautiful beautiful pics. I am going to come back to his post next month to try out some of these fig recipes. Your Sam I Am moment is genius!

    • The Spicy RD
      October 8, 2012

      Ooo…fig butter sounds yummy! Glad you’re a fan of Sam I Am too :-)

  14. Sheila
    October 8, 2012

    This looks wonderful! I will have to try it.

    • The Spicy RD
      October 8, 2012

      Thanks Shelia-I hope you do!!

  15. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
    October 8, 2012

    Gorgeous photos! I had never tried figs and when everyone was blogging about them recently, I decided that I must be missing out so i bought some. Oh, they were awful! I’m guessing maybe they weren’t good. They tasted like mold and mustiness and ick. I guess maybe I should try making something with them instead of eating them straight!

    • The Spicy RD
      October 9, 2012

      LOL! Glad I’m not the only one “less than enchanted” when 1st tasting figs. Definitely try them with the goat cheese, nuts, and fig spread. You will not be disappointed!

  16. Becky
    October 8, 2012

    EA,

    I guess that figs, and goat cheese, or cheese in general just go together Love both of your reipes with the cheese and figs.. I had trouble in finding good fresh figs and opted for the dried Black Mission figs. the dried Black Mission figs were wonderful, once they were re-hydrated, so sweet and sticky!

    • The Spicy RD
      October 9, 2012

      Thanks so much Becky! I definitely am motivated to experiment with dried figs now too! Happy #figlove!!

  17. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats
    October 8, 2012

    Oh wow- the sandwich and appetizer both look amazing. I love simple-to-make but impressive-to-eat apps like this one. I do love figs I just don’t do much with them beyond add them to salads, although I did make an easy fig jam last year. :)

    • The Spicy RD
      October 9, 2012

      Love the idea of adding figs to salad for some extra nutrition. Thanks Melanie!

  18. Kristen (swanky dietitian)
    October 8, 2012

    I love figs!!
    These both look amazing! I will be making this fig appetizer for the next fall party I have. It is just too cute and delicious looking not to! Figs on top of figs..can’t beat that! 😉

    • The Spicy RD
      October 9, 2012

      Aww…love that you called my figgy appetizer cute :-)

  19. Gina (The Candid RD)
    October 9, 2012

    Oh I LOVE figs!! I especially like them dried though, rather than fresh (unless you turn them into something fun like you did). I am like you in that I only ever had fig newtons growing up, not real figs, but I was happy when I finally did!! I love them. Thanks for the creative recipes.

    • EA-The spicy rd
      October 10, 2012

      Happy to share the recipes! Would love to know what you make with dried figs Gina :-)

  20. amy @ fearless homemaker
    October 9, 2012

    I love fig spread, so that sandwich looks divine to me! I actually am not the biggest ham fan, but your picture makes it look absolutely mouth-watering. I bet the flavor combination of everything on that sandwich is just wonderful!

    • EA-The spicy rd
      October 10, 2012

      Aww…thanks Amy! I do like ham, but don’t buy it often so the sandwich was a delicious treat!

  21. Evelyne@cheapethniceatz
    October 9, 2012

    A fresh very ripe fig is amazing, if it is not totally ripe I can see how someone would feel the same. Good on you for still presenting us these recipes. The sandwich looks brilliant.

    • EA-The spicy rd
      October 10, 2012

      Thanks so much Evelyn! I’m so glad I perservered too :-)

  22. SImply Life
    October 10, 2012

    oh wow! everything is just beautiful! this looks so good and your photos are just outstanding!

    • EA-The spicy rd
      October 10, 2012

      Thanks so much!!!

  23. Lauren Slayton
    October 11, 2012

    I’m so with you, was not a fresh fig person until recently (darker ones). They were blah and not as exciting as everyone says. Your sandwich? OMG- I want it now, who’s chia/millet GF bread is that? Love ham and I think I’d love the cheese/fig bites. So happy you cheated.

  24. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    October 11, 2012

    I’ve never tried ham and figs before. It’s looks so delicious :)

  25. serena
    October 13, 2012

    Wow! Love, love the fresh figs plus fig preserves plus cheese idea…who’d a thought fresh + preserved are such a great combo. You’re brilliant! Just wish I coulda gotten fresh figs this year in Chicago. I chased them down at an Itaian grocer where I got last year…and at TJ’s…but all produce men said the didn’t survive trip from Cali this year. ):

  26. Laura West Kong
    October 31, 2012

    Finally posted my #figlove recipe: Coconut Rum Raisin Free-Form Muffins: http://www.laurawestkong.com/gff/2012/fig-love-coconut-rum-raisin-free-form-muffins/
    Just before October ends too.

    Enjoy!

  27. mobile auto glass repair
    May 25, 2014

    I’m going to prepare that sandwich, I love sweet/salty dishes.

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