Figs have been written about in the Bible, the Koran, and in Greek mythology. It seems the common theme with figs is that they are alluring. Figs have been known to lead people to stray from the rules.
What is it about figs that seem to turn people into rule breakers? Is it the sweet flavor, the crunchiness of the seeds, the soft smooth texture? Or, maybe the combination of all of these things lures some into debauchery. Here are three tasty recipes to try and see if you come up with a conclusion.
Smashed fig and Parma ham sandwich:
1 loaf of French bread
1 clove garlic, cut in half
1 Tbsp. butter
4 figs, cut in half
4 basil leaves, cut into ribbons
5 slices Parma ham
1 C Mozzarella cheese
2 medium tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
Slice the French bread in half and rub the garlic halves all over. Spread the butter onto the bread. You want to layer the ingredients exactly the same on each side. First smash the figs on both pieces of bread and layer the basil, ham, cheese, tomatoes, and salt and pepper on each half. Place both halves of bread layered with these ingredients together. Wrap the sandwich in plastic wrap. Place a cutting board on top of the sandwich. Place cans and books to weigh the board down. Leave for 20 minutes. Unwrap the sandwich, slice on the bias. Serve.
Figs wrapped with bacon and stuffed with goat cheese: (try this for Thanksgiving)