Fig Pizza & giveaway!

The other day I was contacted by the California Fig Advisory Board, wanting to know if I’d like to try some California figs. This is the year I discovered how incredibly delicious figs are, to the point of pouncing in the figs at the market each week, no matter whether I knew what to do with them. So, of course I was very excited about getting to try some California figs, hoping I would get a couple different varieties.

I was completely shocked when I received two giant boxes filled with figs! I unpacked more and more and more figs. All told I received 3 dozen each of 5 varieties of fresh figs, plus two 4-pound bags of dried figs! I freaked out for a moment wondering just what to do with so many and then thanked my lucky stars we have an extra fridge in the garage.

Here in Texas we can grow figs (many people have their own trees) but I had never heard of four of the varieties I was sent. In the grocery stores I’ve only seen Black Mission figs, and at the farmers’ market I’ve only come across Brown Turkey and Strawberry figs, even though there are over 100 different varieties of fig. The California figs are also larger than most I’ve seen here – I’m guessing our intense summers have something to do with that.

Since I’ve started growing my own food I’ve been amazed to learn all the little tidbits about produce, and I was surprised to learn that figs are actually flowers inverted into themselves. Despite them not actually being a fruit, figs are packed full of nutrients. They have tons of fiber and are a good source of potassium, which is great news for people like me who have odd reactions to bananas!

From left to right, the figs are Sierra, Brown Turkey, Calimyrna, Black Mission, and Kadota. I took some in to work and my friends and I tasted each one, trying to determine the difference between them all. All four of us decided that the Calimyrna was the best of them all, and I’m very pleased that one of the bags of dried figs is indeed of Calimyrna.

Since I have so many figs I of course have been experimenting, and my first thought as I was falling asleep the other night was to make a pizza.

Fig, Acorn Squash, & Goat Cheese Pizza

1 small acorn squash
2-3 figs, diced
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese (I used an herbed variety)
Fresh pizza dough
Olive oil

Preheat oven to 400. Halve acorn squash, de-seed, and slice into crescents. Rub each slice with olive oil and set on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake until easily pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes. Let cool, then diced into 1-inch chunks.
Turn oven up to 475.
Roll out pizza dough. Drizzle olive oil across dough, then scatter squash, figs, and goat cheese on top. Cook for about 12 minutes, until dough is browned and cheese has softened.

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I’ll be posting more recipes on how I used the figs, so be sure to come back and check them out! And hey, right about now I bet you’re starting to think of all the ways you’d use these figs. You’re in luck, because the California Fig Advisory board has offered to send one lucky reader a giant box of figs for their very own!

A couple caveats: Really, this is a lot of figs. If you don’t think you will be able to use them (or share with your friends) please reconsider entering! I wouldn’t want to poor figs to waste away in your fridge! Secondly, you’ll need to be either at home for the delivery, or give them an address at which you’ll be there for delivery. Even though it’s late August it’s still quite hot in many parts of the country, and you won’t want the figs sitting out in the heat!

To enter just leave a comment on this post letting me know what you’d do with the figs! I’ll keep entries open until Friday, August 27 at 7 am CST. Because this is fresh fruit, the giveaway is for US addresses only!

For extra entries

  • Follow @stetted on Twitter and Tweet about the giveaway, then come back here and leave a new comment letting me know you’ve done so.
  • Become a fan on Facebook, then come back here and leave a new comment letting me know you’ve done so.

    The fig giveaway is now CLOSED! Thanks everyone for entering, and congrats to Jayme, who won!

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    Want more figgy recipes? Check out fellow bloggers who are also posting their fig creations!

  • La Fuji Mama
  • Teenie Cakes
  • A Good Appetite

    Disclaimer: The California Fig Advisory Board provided me with fresh and dried figs. I was under no obligation to write about figs or hold a giveaway.

  • Comments

    1. says

      ::gasp:: a fig giveaway?!? this is awesome! i’d smother them in as much brie as they could hold with a drizzle of reduced sweet balsamic vinegar. mmmmm.

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    2. Autumn says

      1st: stuff my face with them. 2nd: Make Stilton cheese, fig compote and local honey on slices of baguette. 3rd: give figgy gifts to friends and loved ones.

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    3. says

      I rarely cook with figs because I usually get them in such small quantities that I devour them all plain.
      But with a whole box, I would make ice cream ribboned with a balsamic reduction.
      And eat the rest plain.

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    4. says

      OH wow! I really want FIGS. I love them. I have been focusing on only eating fruits as desserts but I have plenty of people I can share with. I would make fig pancakes, fig preserves, Add them in my salads and in my green smoothies. They have a lot of vitmamins. They have been a bit expensive in MI. email: noellsky (at) gmail (dot) com

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    5. says

      I know at least half a dozen different fig jam recipes. Plus some yummy fig ice cream recipes. And then there’s fig with ANY cheese, fig with ANY salty preserved meat, and on, and on, and on. Mmmmmmmmm

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    6. says

      Okay, now I like you on FB. And I retweeted it. And you know what’s funny? I had your blog in my list of favs waaay before I knew it was YOUR blog – I found it in an Austin food blogger reference somewhere.
      The thing is, I really like figs.

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    7. Diana says

      I love to make Fig Jam .. Also love figs grilled with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. And most of all just love to snack on them!!

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    8. says

      If I were to win the box of figs, I would recreate an unbelievable fig and blue cheese pizza I had while at a conference in Orlando. It was delicious!

      I would also share it with Noelle (@singerinkitchen). We probably live within three miles of each other, chat frequently on twitter and have talked about meeting up at the farmers market but haven’t managed to do it yet! The figs would get us to finally do it! I am sure of it!

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    9. says

      Oh figs, figgy fig figs how I love thee!

      What I will make:
      Fig Infused Vodka for a Figtini
      Fig Jam for the cupboards & to share with friends
      Fig Paste for cheese plates
      Fig & Gorgonzola Tarts
      Goat cheese stuffed, Proscuitto wrapped Figs with honey & rosemary
      A Fig Sauce with a touch of very old Balsamic, for drizzling sparingly on delicious roasted meats during the long hard figless winters
      Fig portraits, since being a food photographer is my day job, there’s no way I wouldn’t be putting together a TON of photo still life shots showing off the gloriousness that is figs.

      Just the thought of a box of fresh figs… my heart is aflutter *swooon*

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      Kelly Reply:

      I’m following you on Twitter & FB… and not just for the figs, you have quality content too! Bonus! :)

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    10. says

      OhMyGod!!!! I can not tell you how much I love figs. I had a wonderful fig tree growing at my house in California and then we had to move to New England and it wrecked everything. I miss my figs so so badly. I would make a fig torte and I would make fig preserves and I would make a fig and goat cheese pizza and I could go on and on and on.

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    11. says

      Ohhh I LOVE figs! I would definitely make fig jam and I’d love to try out a fig pizza too! I really also just love eating them fresh and dried. *swoon* :)

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    12. says

      I WOULD EAT THEM ALL.

      No, just kidding.

      I would eat an obscene amount of them, though, and make a pizza, drizzle some honey, you know…and make fig jam with the rest. I brought home an enormous amount of figs for fig jam and then ended up burning the jam. Rage!!

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    13. Andrea says

      I would eat a lot and experiment with some new fig recipes. And, I’d give away some to my friends! Share the love of food! :)

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    14. says

      I would love to win and would have no problem finding something to do with them all. Right off the top of my head I would make a jam with some of the figs if I won.

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    15. says

      I’ve never tried to make anything with figs myself! I would probably look up a bunch of recipes to try out, including some of your own! YUM.

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    16. LAMusing says

      Besides fresh figs with cheese and crusty bread, I’d try the pizza recipe and a chicken with figs and lemon recipe I love, I’d share with friends, and maybe even try making jam!

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    17. Norma says

      I’ll use my grandmother’s recipe for fig preserves (if we don’t eat them all fresh or roasted or caramelized!)

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    18. Carissa says

      Oh, I want to make some more habanero fig jam with the figs. And other jams. And pretty much everything else. We love figs.

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    19. says

      I would have a FIGATHON – invite my foodie friends and challenge them to arrive with everything they need to create their faved fig creation. While drinking an amazing fig paired wine, we would go crazy concocting our dishes and end with a tasting and vote for Best of Show.

      Piper

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    20. Lara says

      oh my gosh I LOVE FIGS! My mind is racing with all the possibilites but a recipe I’ve been really excited about is fig marmalade. Ive been using dried ones in my homemade granola and your pizza idea is awesome! I’m definitely keeping my fingers crossed on this one:]
      thank you so much!

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    21. says

      Woow amazing and unique recipe , i love Pizza and it look likes more interesting when in comes to figs. I would love to try this recipe. It look likes delicious and nutritious. :)

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