Figs are officially in season, my friends, but it never lasts long.  In past years, I blinked my eyes and they were gone before I even had a chance to find them anywhere.  Last weekend I was at the store and jumped for joy when I saw them.  Once home, I stared and stared at the precious fruit I had just bought.  I had absolutely no idea what I planned to do with them.  I searched and searched for ideas both sweet and savory, but nothing was jumping out at me.  Eventually I had thought about it for so long, nothing was even making sense.  You know, sort of like when you read the same word over and over until it doesn’t even seem like a word anymore?  Yeah, that.

I tasted a fig to see if that would inspire me, but was disappointed to find that the particular fruit I had bought was a bit lackluster.  It tasted fine, but certainly not worthy of all the glowing words I’ve read about figs from others.  So I decided to do what I often do with lackluster fruits and veggies – roast them.  Roasting can bring out the best in so many things and I decided that would be the way to go.  Finally, hunger plus a few random ingredients hanging around our shelves and fridge pulled together what you see here.  Simple flatbreads are topped with a whipped goat cheese, caramelized onions, fresh greens, the roasted figs and a drizzle of honey.  I was not sure what to expect but we loved the end result.  The flavors all complemented each other nicely and all in all, this was a fantastic light and fresh late summer meal.  What is your favorite thing to make with fresh figs?


1 tbsp. olive oil
1-2 small to medium yellow onions, thinly sliced*
Pinch of granulated sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste
16 oz. fresh figs, stemmed and quartered
About 2 tbsp. brown sugar
4 oz. plain goat cheese, slightly softened
2 tbsp. milk
Honey, to taste

To serve: 
4 (7-8 inch) flatbreads**
Fresh greens such as argula or a spring mix
Honey, for drizzling


  • 01

    Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the sliced onion to the pan.  Toss with the pinch of sugar, and season lightly with salt and pepper.  Reduce the heat to medium-low.  Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and fully caramelized, about 15-20 minutes.  Remove from the heat and set aside.

  • 02

    Preheat the oven to 400˚ F.  Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.  Place the figs on the baking sheet, cut sides up.  Sprinkle brown sugar lightly over the tops of the fruit.  Season lightly with salt and pepper.  Bake 10-15 minutes, until softened and juicy.  (Keep an eye on them to be sure they do not burn or over brown.)

  • 03

    Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine the goat cheese, milk and a drizzle of honey.  Beat together with a hand mixer (or mix vigorously) until the cheese is smooth.  Adjust as needed with additional milk and/or honey until you have a cheese that is light, fluffy and spreadable.

  • 04

    To assemble, spread a thin layer of the goat cheese mixture over each of the flatbreads.  Top with a few of the caramelized onions and a handful of greens.  Sprinkle the roasted figs over the greens and drizzle the finished flatbreads very lightly with additional honey, if desired.  Serve immediately.

  • 05

    *If you love caramelized onions as much as I do (a lot), use two onions.  Otherwise, one is fine.

    **Feel free to use store-bought flatbreads, or make your own.  In the recipe linked above, a half batch of dough will yield four flatbreads.  Whatever type you choose to use, make sure to crisp them up slightly before using.  Whether you toast in the oven, grill them or heat in a skillet, the crisp will provide the integrity to ensure that your meal won’t fall apart.
  • Liz N.

    Annie! This recipe is so timely! I just bought 2 cases of figs from Costco. Yes, fig season is too, too short! My daughter loves figs with a tiny bit of honey on them. She will love these flatbreads (pizza to her). Cannot wait to make this! (BTW, I shot you an email…)

  • Caroline L.

    Visiting your blog always presents a feast for my eyes, and a later feast for my tummy! Loving this idea just as much as I love everything you post! :)

  • I think like anything else – figs picked from a local source will far surpass anything bought in a supermarket. The trees (bushes?) are easy to take care of, and can have prolific results just a couple years after planting. This sounds delicious!

  • annieseats

    Yes, we actually have a fig tree that is growing like crazy but hasn’t produced yet! Hopefully next year!

  • Lauren Hall

    These have all of my favorite things!! Can’t wait to try it

  • I just roasted some figs with pancetta and it was delicious! Love the look of this flatbread, too!

  • Michelle

    I can’t say I’ve ever had a fresh fig….

  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I haven’t tried a fig before! And they’re all over the internet. I will definitely take your advice and roast them when I do get a chance to make something with them. This looks awesome!

  • Jamie Stone

    I’m officially obsessed with figs. These will be be divine, I’m sure!

  • This past weekend a friend and I had our own fig fest with ones that we picked fresh! I’d never really done anything with figs either, but I made fig chutney and fig ice-cream with my bounty, while my friend made fig pizza and fig galette. Your flatbread looks fantastic!

  • Peggy May

    I live in indy. Where did you get your figs?

  • Alexis Ward

    The first time I had fresh figs was in Italy. A stranger on the train offered us figs that were still on a stick. They were amazing! My husband and I love making a grilled pizza at home with fig butter, mozzarella, proscuitto and arugula. It’s divine!

  • mamy81

    Haha. The reading a word comment totally made me laugh. I’m a nurse and a neurologist was sitting next to me reading an h&p. Anyway, she kept saying “invalid (in-valid)…invalid…invalid?”. Then turns to me and says, ” what does the ‘patient is invalid’ (in-valid) mean?”. I said, “I’m pretty sure it says the patient is invalid (in-va-lid)”. Anywho, we had a good laugh. You probably had to be there:)

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    I cannot find fresh figs anywhere and am dying to try them!! I love that you roasted these, I do the same thing with so so fruit. It always makes them so much better!
    These look awesome and if I find some figs I will so be trying them!

  • Figs can be so hit or miss…they’re either mindblowingly amazing or depressingly lackluster. But roasting never fails to make them fabulous. LOVE this flatbread!

  • I love fresh figs, they’re my favorite fruit. I miss picking them from my grandfather’s orchard in Portugal anytime I wanted one.

  • Amber

    This sounds yummy! Before we moved, I used to frequent a restaurant that served bruschetta with mascarpone, prosciutto and figs. It was delicious!

  • You are so right about figs being in short season! Gotta get my fix on some delicious figs this year :)

  • Kerri Sullivan

    my favorite thing to make with fresh figs is a sauce that I had at Vapiano’s: thinly sliced chorizo, caramelized onions, tomato sauce and chopped figs over pasta. It’s a fantastic combination of flavors.

  • I’ve never cooked with figs but I AM seeing them around, I want to try to cook with them! This would be a good start.

  • Roasted figs sound WONDERFUL!

  • WOW…stunning and amazing looking/sounding! This is a must-make dish for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  • annieseats

    I bought them at Whole Foods but have also seen them at Meijer.

  • Suzannah

    I want to like figs but I can’t get past “so bring us some figgy pudding…” which sounds pretty gross. :)

  • Erin

    That is gorgeous! Your post makes me think of “Tartlette, tarlette, tartlette…” from Friends. Love your blog!

  • Abbie E

    This looks so delicious! Everyone seems to be into figs lately. I have never tried them before. This flatbread is gorgeous, though! :)

  • Shawndra

    Annie, how do you not have your own cook book? Your original recipes are all so amazing looking!

  • annieseats

    Ha! Awesome reference.

  • Nancy Long

    Have eaten dried figs all my life, but have never had fresh and have been wanting to try them. This will def be tried and luckily Publix has figs on sale right now

  • Shannon S. in VA

    I just bought figs last night from Trader Joe’s. Ate half of them already by themselves and with Brie, wonderful! Think I’ll make this tonight except will use the goat cheese with honey I also picked up at TJ’s, love that store! Thanks for the recipe.

  • annieseats

    I wanted to use honeyed goat cheese but my store was all out. Dang, I love that stuff!

  • Jennifer Burbidge
    This is my favourite dinner with figs! It’s just outstanding!