What do you do like to do with fresh figs? I like to put them on steel cut oatmeal with Kite Hill almond-based ricotta.
Whenever my husband sees fresh figs he starts raving about his favorite sandwiches that he ate growing up, which apparently had fresh figs, ricotta, honey, and a little bit of black pepper. Never having eaten figs myself and inspired by his nostalgia, I tried my own twist on this idea. Yum.
I added a few “sweet” flavorings, including citrus zest, vanilla, and almond extract. Almond extract is the BEST. It makes things taste like dessert, even if they aren’t sweetened. It is a very strong flavor, so the key is to use just the tiniest amount. The flavor works great in this context. Enjoy!
For the more dessert-inclined folks in my following, I also created a similarly themed, date sweetened tart that my family immediately devoured.
- 4 oz steel cut oats*, cooked or another grain or hot cereal of choice
- 1.5 oz nut-based ricotta or 3 oz dairy ricotta
- 0.5 oz walnuts, pistachios, or sliced almonds to garnish
- 6 oz fresh figs sliced or chopped
- drizzle of honey optional
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp orange or lemon zest
- 1/8 tsp almond extract
- pinch of salt
- In a saucepan (I find a nonstick saucepan works best for easy cleanup) combine 1/4 cup steel cut oats with 1 cups of water (1:4 ratio), or make larger batches of oatmeal ahead of time and reheat with a little milk or water. If you have an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, making steel cut oats in it is a breeze.
- Stir the seasonings into the oats after cooking.
- Stir the ricotta into the oatmeal or serve it atop the oatmeal, whichever pleases you more.
- Top with figs and nuts.