Fig Spread

Fig spread became one of my favorite ingredients by accident.  I received a jar as a gift from Wisconsinmade.com for Christmas and wasn’t sure what to do with it. The spread, by Quince and Apple, is made in small batches with ingredients from local Wisconsin farms, so I couldn’t wait to try it. The figs taste a little fruity, sweet, and tangy.  Off to the Internet I went, in search of tasty fig recipes and I wasn’t disappointed.

Croque Madame-  Sounds fancy, looks fancy, but really it’s just a French ham sandwich with an egg on top.  This recipes uses a salty Italian ham called prosciutto which makes for a nice contrast with the fruity figs that are spread on a slice of crusty white bread. I made these a few days in a row at all different times- breakfast, lunch, dinner…it’s delicious any time of day.  Just make sure your brick cheese is from Wisconsin!

Fig-Prosciutto Pizza- This fig recipe is from the Pioneer Woman, and I have never cooked a recipe of hers that I didn’t absolutely love.  Like in the Croque Madame, she pairs the figs with the prosciutto but adds arugula, parmesan, and fresh whole milk mozzarella. Serve this pizza with a glass of wine and you have a classy romantic dinner.

So that’s the story of how a mystery ingredient turned into one of my favorites. You can get the fig spread at Wisconsinmade.com, where there are some more tips on how to use it- on crackers with goat cheese, or (get this!) as an ice-cream topping!

Ok blog world, now it’s your turn. What’s your favorite way to use fig spread? Or figs in general?