Gorgonzola Stuffed Fresh Figs with Drizzled Honey

Briefly in ‘autumno’, particularly in the month of October, mother nature brings forth the autumnal treat of delicate and sweet figs, also known as ‘settembrini’.  Although fig trees bear their fruit twice a year, it is the later harvest that is the sweetest and the most tender.  For centuries since the days of the Romans, Italians have enjoyed their figs and have mastered numerous mouthwatering methods for preparing them!  The classic combination is to pair up something savory to compliment the sweetness of the figs.  For example, as antipasto, there is the simplicity of wrapping a very thing slice of prosciutto around a fig (which I am thrilled that Lidia Bastianich recommended to me through a direct comment on Facebook! I was so impressed with her humility to respond to my inquiry to her!).  I watch her show, Lidia’s Italy, every week for her incredibly authentic Italian recipes and her trips that she takes her viewers on in Italy.  Her show is a wonderful production!
I have not been able to find a local producer of figs in the Carolina’s, most of them being brought in from California.  Once picked from the tree, figs have a very short shelf life and that may be one of the reasons that they are so difficult to find.  Also, most people are not familiar with the taste of fresh figs due to their lack of availability, so some markets refuse to carry them due to how fast figs spoil when consumers don’t purchase them.  So if you are fortunate enough to find these in your local market, buy a pint or two, but use up in just a few days because they will spoil very quickly.  The variety that I prefer to use are the darker, Black Mission Figs, which seem to have a kiss of purple-blue in the skin.  There is also a variety known as Brown Turkey, and they are appropriately named due to their brown color.


Gorgonzola Stuffed Fresh Figs with Honey Drizzle
Black Mission Figs, sliced in fourths, stopping just before the bottom, do not slice through entirely.
Gorgonzola “Sweet” (not “Piccante”) Cheese
Local Fresh Honey
Gently open the sliced figs.
Spoon in the soft Gorgonzola.
Drizzle with fresh, local honey
Enjoy!
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Another classic and divine antipasto/appetizer that Lidia Bastianich wrote to me about is to simply take a very thin slice of prosciutto and wrap it around various sizes and slices of figs, with or without the addition of Gorgonzola ~ ~ which is my preference.  I love the savory zing that the Gorgonzola adds to balance the sweetness of the figs.  These are heavenly!  Grazie Lidia, for taking the time to write to me!

And lastly, another way to serve this antipasto is to add a very thin slice of Genoa salami in addition to the prosciutto and Gorgonzola.  This time the cheese is sprinkled around the figs and each guest can scoop up the cheese if preferred.
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Comments

  1. Some of my favorite ways with figs. Just gorgeous photos Roz! Hope you have a beautiful week.

  2. I remember seeing this lady on a food channel years ago!… and I’ve also remembered this fig,honey and gorgonzola concoction… I think I might be brave to try it.. Years ago, I did not like gorgonzola at all.. Figs have also fascinated me… someone told me they’re a sensual fruit… My grandpa had a fig tree and he loved figs… they are gorgeous on the outside.. as well as on the inside…

  3. oh, wow! Wish I could get my hands on some figs and your photos are gorgeous!! What kind of camera do you use–I am looking for a new one

    anne
    http://www.anniebakes.net

  4. Figs, Gorganzola and honey…sounds like a wonderful trio in your recipe! Thanks for sharing…

  5. Roz – That is so wonderful that Lidia wrote to share these recipes with you! How cool. Your pictures of these sweet delicate treats are beautiful and I love all the preparations, but would especially like to try the one with the salami too.

  6. My favorite way of serving fig !

  7. Figs so delicious, we are fortunate that for a limited season we have our own supply in the garden.

  8. Bet you were ecstatic along with being impressed to find that response and the recipes. Your photos are fabulous Roz. I so love the stuffed figs, wishing for a plate right now!

  9. oh wow this looks heavenly – gourmet love it

  10. I absolutely LOVE that you received a comment from LIDIA!!! I absolutely LOVE HER, and her show!! (I swear, I could BE Italian! On second thought, I SHOULD BE Italian!) ANd this post is fabu!! Your photography makes me so happy (isn’t that crazy?) LOVE IT!!!

  11. I love figs, and I agree with you that the black Mission are the best. If only I could grow them in my climate.

  12. wow!they look divine!

  13. These look delicious, great flavor partners. Thanks.

  14. I love figs! Although I went the sweet route and used chocolate with my last batch and feta and honey on my last few before that, for a savory treat these recipes are brilliant. My mouth is watering! ;-)

  15. Your fig appetizers look so delicious. We were lucky to have lots of them at our local farmers market this summer in Los Angeles. And Lidia… I have all of her books and I recently bought a chitarra so I can make some of her recipes. Love her.

  16. Oh my mom and grandmother would have jumped into this screen for this one! beautiful!

  17. I absolutely adore Lidia!! She’s so wonderful…as are these gorgonzola stuffed figs…droolin’ maniac over here! Glad you shared them with the hearth and soul hop this week, Roz :D

  18. If Lidia says it – it comes to pass. She never fails and judging by these photos – this is delicious – the sweet fig, the pungent cheese, the salty meat – oh I am in heaven.

  19. There is someone at our local Italian grocers who keeps cleaning them out of all their stock of juicy figs. I may get my hands on some yet before the season ends.

  20. I am sadly one of those who have never tasted figs. Life in a little town in the midwest will do that! All of your pictures are so drool worthy, I think I would love the gorgonzola and honey with the figs the most. Thanks for sharing this with us at the hearth and soul hop!

  21. Looks wonderful! Stopping by from the H ‘n S Blog Hop. Would love to have you join my Thursday Carnival….

    Wendy
    Around My Family Table

  22. There are some advantages to living in California. Fresh abundance of figs is one of them! I love the prosciutto with brie, wrapped around figs and grilled. An Italian blogger turned me on to that one.
    The honey one looks fantastic!

  23. This looks wonderfully indulgent, and the photos only add to the wonderful flavor combinations! What an awesome post!

  24. I adore figs – though we so seldom get them fresh where I live, and of course hellishly expensive on that rare occasion that they turn up here. Coupled with blue cheese is my favourite combo, (I put them together in wontons this week) and I love the idea of the prosciutto wrapped around them. I’m a big fan of Lidia’s, and have her Lidia’s Italy book.
    Sue :-)

  25. Simply mouth watering!

  26. Oh how I love fresh figs! They are hard to find here in the southwest and are only around for a few short weeks! I have a few simple recipes on my blog, but my fav is stuffing them w gorgonzola and a pecan and sprinkling with evoo and cracked pepper! I’m loving your honey idea!!

  27. This looks fabulous and the kind of thing I love! Will try!

  28. Well that’s awesome! Ilove sweet and savory together and these look great!

  29. Anonymous says:

    Lidia always pairs her recipes with a wine. Any idea what you might pair with this recipe? Thanks

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