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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Figs with Ricotta and Pistachios

I have been dreaming of this dessert for days. When I was young and living in Northern California, my family had several fruit trees in the backyard. One of them was a fig tree and fresh figs were our dessert on many occasions. I realized I hadn't had any fresh figs this year. Since the fig season doesn't last too long, I figured I better hop to it. I got some beautiful figs at the farmer's market and got to assembling. This was such a great light dessert with minimal effort. The flavors came together so well and it didn't make me feel so guilty after eating it. Next time I will try this with marscapone to create a smoother texture.



Fresh Figs with Ricotta and Pistachios

4 fresh figs
1/4 cup part-skim ricotta
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest, plus extra for garnish
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon raw unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped

In a small bowl, whisk together ricotta, lemon juice, lemon zest, and honey. Slice each fig into quarters about three quarters of the way down. Fill with the ricotta mixture. Top each fig with some of the pistachios and sprinkle with lemon zest for garnish.

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13 comments:

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Esi, thank you so much for visiting my site. I was so happy to see your name on there. How's everything going? I love figs, so I'm going to give your recipe a try. Thanks for posting it. Did you get up and dance to the mariachi music??? I hope so. It's so much fun. Talk to you again soon.

recipes2share said...

How delicious! I'm at a friends home right now & stealing figs from the tree & serving with creamy Italian blue cheese & peaches. A strange combo perhaps, but perfect for a balmy evening!

Kelly said...

OMG!! I LOVE figs!! Could you make this for our bbq on Monday???? It looks so yummy...

Can't wait to see you then...

Erica said...

That sounds fantastic. I have never eaten a fig- weird...I must try them!

Kevin said...

That looks so good! What a great way to enjoy fresh figs!

Divya said...

Hey Esi, Good one!
I have always eyed the Figs at Costco, but never reaslized what to do with them. Maybe I will give this a try sometime soon

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Hey there fig sister! I love the way your serve them, ricotta and pistachios make anything better, but figs are great on their own as well!

Maya said...

I have some figs in my fridge - thanks for the idea.

ttfn300 said...

Fabulous!!!

Michael Natkin said...

That looks delicious! Here's another fun way to use them. You are so right, fig season isn't long enough :(.

Jo. said...

woooow. THose figs look soo fantastic. It must be sooooooo delicious.

Hillary said...

I love the colors of this dish! Absolutely gorgeous.

kellypea said...

So beautiful. Thanks very much for the idea. Believe it or not, I've never had figs, and so bought some yesterday to try. This looks very tasty!