Fresh Figs with Ricotta and Honey

Fresh figs with ricotta and honey make a stunning, sophisticated, simple solution to a summer dessert. The figs are stuffed with creamy ricotta, drizzled with honey, and sprinkled with pistachios and mint. Idyllic for when you simply can’t get enough figs during their short season and want to flaunt their lovely taste and texture.

Three fresh figs with ricotta and honey and dipped in pistachios on a white plate

Fresh Figs With Ricotta and Honey

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • Serves 4 to 6
5/5 - 2 reviews
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Ingredients

  • 8 fresh figs
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios, chopped
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese
  • 4 tablespoons mint leaves, finely chopped (optional)

Directions

  • 1. Using a sharp knife, split each fig down the middle, starting at the tapered stem and slicing down to the broad bottom, being careful not to cut all the way through the fig and stopping about 1/4 inch from the bottom of the fig.
  • 2. Scatter the pistachios in a shallow bowl or on a small plate. Drizzle the honey on a small plate.
  • 3. Using the tip of a smallish spoon, fill the split center of each fig with a generous dollop of ricotta.
  • 4. Gently grasp each fig by its sides but without tightly squeezing it. Dip the fig, bottom first, in the honey and then in the pistachios. Arrange the figs on a large plate or platter.
  • 5. Drizzle the figs with additional honey to taste and, if desired, sprinkle with the fresh mint. Serve as soon as you can…as if you could resist doing anything else. Originally published September 20, 2011.

Variations For When You Buy Too Many Figs

  • This elegant and simple summer dessert is lovely in any of many different incarnations. Swap out the pistachios for crushed or chopped almonds. Slip a little chopped chocolate, whether milk or dark, into the ricotta. Stuff the fresh figs not with ricotta but instead Nutella.

Recipe Testers Reviews

This dessert certainly supports the claims that figs are a fruit of seduction. I’m certainly won over.

I went all out and made my own ricotta for this, and was I ever glad I did. What a difference this makes from the dry-ish, pebbly, store-bought ricotta, which would never had done this dish justice. Smooth, creamy, and rich, it just melted in the mouth along with the fig.

I went with salted pistachios to contrast against the sweetness of the figs; I quite liked this, and I think the plain pistachios would seem bland comparatively.

A bit of grated dark chocolate somehow found it’s way into the ricotta, and it, too was a welcome contrast to the sweetness of the fig and honey.

These are absolutely lovely — a great use of fresh figs. All of the flavors and textures work well together. I might use a little less honey the next time. Once I was up to drizzling 3 tablespoons, it really seemed like more than enough.

This was wonderful on a platter with goat cheese rolled in fresh herbs and slices of fresh bread.

A delicious and simple little treat. Next time, I might use salted nuts. Be sure you have ripe, flavorful figs, since there are so few ingredients.

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Comments

  1. Not just appetizer or dessert, also extremely good as breakfast. Glad I read through the reviews – added some fleur du sel which made quite a difference. I think they could even take some Marash or black or long pepper.

  2. Could you tell me which variety of figs are most tasty? I don’t have any experience with fresh figs and would love to try this recipe.

    Thanks

    1. Oooh, Patty K, that could get me in trouble, seeing as fig selection is largely a matter of personal preference. Rather than say which variety is tastiest, I’ll try to explain in more objective terms and let you decide…Black Mission are purplish in hue and bear an intensely honeyed sweetness. Calimyrna are brownish or pale green in color and fruitier in flavor with a less intense fig flavor. And white figs, which seem something of a misnomer given that they’re actually a soft shade of green, are sweetly figgy in flavor. Does that help? Do let us know which you choose….

      1. We have beautifully ripe “Brown Turkey” figs in our local Farmers Markets right now. I imagine they would be fabulous (can’t try it because we ate them all up the minute I got home so it will have to wait till Weds. when I can get more)…

          1. Over the years I’ve always been a little surprised with how people react to figs – either love them or hate them! We love them… And we’re lucky to live in an area where many different varieties are grown – Yum!

    2. Patty K, I agree with Renee about taste. But I can tell you that if you’re looking for a particularly pretty fig, Candy Stripes are just darling. They look like little green and yellow striped hot air balloons! And I can vouch for their tastiness, as well–they’re quite sweet, if that’s what you’re after.

      1. I decided to give this a go and had it earlier today. I am so glad I found this recipe. First impressions mean everything. That is what grabs a person. Your photo drew me in and the ingredients list was short and to the point…and oh, so good. I put everything together and took my first bite and loved it! My soul did a happy dance. This will be a keeper for the rest of my life and one I will share with others.

        1. Perhaps the loveliest comment ever, Lori. “My soul did a happy dance.” Funny, my soul has quite the similar reaction to fresh figs. We’re touched that something we shared could have such a memorable effect, and appreciate you letting us know.

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