Savory fig – rosemary tart

August 2, 2018


After years of fighting birds, bugs, heat and leaving town on vacation just when the figs were getting ripe — I hit the jackpot this year. Now, I’m so sick of picking figs, I finally gave up and told the birds to help themselves. “Do you make fig preserves?” everyone wants to know. The answer is, “NO, my grandmother gave me 8,000 jars of her fig preserves, and I either fed them to my family and friends or gave them away as gifts because they were WAY TOO SWEET!”

So . . . now I understand grandmother’s dilemma of not wanting to waste anything, I had to think of some way to use the strange little fruit. Figs are really good for you, so I froze a lot of them whole and have been tossing a couple into my smoothie every few days. I smooshed some up in a SLIGHTLY sweet puree’ and spread it on toast. But then . . . I came upon a few recipes for a savory fig tart! Hey-hey-hey! Now you’re talking!

As all good things, this started out with onions in the cast iron skillet in a drizzle of olive oil.  I added a small sprinkle of brown sugar, salt and pepper while they cooked.

NOW, as usual, I didn’t really use a recipe so I don’t have exact measurements for you, but at the bottom of this post, I’ll link to similar recipes. I combined ideas from several sources to make my tart,  but it’s easy with no real measurements needed – I promise!

In the bowl towards the bottom of the photo, is a cooked puree of chopped figs  — mash them with a fork, with a dash of balsamic vinegar stirred in and about a tablespoon of cornstarch to thicken it. I also included chopped rosemary from my garden.  I stirred it over medium heat until it was a thick paste. I also sliced a few of the figs to use later on the top.

Using a store bought pie crust (I know! — go ahead and take away my Martha Stewart Fan Club card!) I layered the chopped fig puree, then the onions, then sprinkled it with Feta Cheese (goat cheese would be good, but I only had Feta). I arranged the sliced figs on top and sprinkled on more chopped rosemary.

*Update: I made this again using goat cheese instead of feta, and I think it was a better option, but it works either way. 


Baked until the crust was crisp and the cheese was toasty, this fig-rosemary tart was DELICIOUS! So good, it is party worthy and I plan to make a few more . . . because there are still MORE figs on my tree! They won’t stop! It’s like the zucchini of the fruit world!

I know my version of this tart is vague, so for those of you who love an actual recipe, here are similar versions – one using puff pastry HERE    and here’s a Honeyed fig and goat cheese tart that looks delicious HERE.

Happy summer fig days to you!

  • My husband would be all over this, loving figs and only being able to eat goat cheese in the dairy field. I imagine I would too even though I have never ever tasted a fresh fig. The rosemary sounds inspired in it!

    • If you eat the figs the day they are picked, it really makes a difference. Such a treat to pick them fresh every day!

  • I so wish I liked them, but not so much. I know what you mean though. Mother had a tree in Brewton. They are quite prolific. I meant to comment the other day. I do hope things are settling in with your dad. It is not easy even for the strongest of us to watch aging parents. Take care!

    • Thanks Sandy. It’s been a stressful summer, but overall, life is good. I tried to give some figs to my neighbors and they said they’ve never warmed up to them. Not a popular fruit!

  • Ellen Shook says:

    Holy Preserves, BatGirl! This looks delish! Our fig trees are babies yet, so I am having to pay exorbitant prices at the farmer’s market!

    If you are in town, Seasons 52 at the Summit has a flatbread made with goat cheese, bacon and figs with some arugula. Wonderful.

    If you want something else to make I highly recommend Fig Cake from a Savannah cookbook I have and a fig cobbler with a cheddar cheese crust from Southern Living. Let me know if you would like the recipes.

    • I think I have the fig cake recipe somewhere, but cake at our house goes bad – I know, we’re just weird that way, but maybe I should pull it out to make for other people. I actually have a dinner coming up and said I’d provide dessert. You are a genius. – as for the cobbler with cheese crust, that sounds really interesting. When you get time, send it on over and I’ll give it a go. Maybe I should send you a box of figs – I wonder how they travel? Gooey, I would imagine! Thanks Ellen.

  • My dad use to make our fig preserves, they were so delicious. I loved them on toast. Your fig tart looks so yummy, a good way to use up some of those figs, and in your smoothie. You brought back memories, sure miss my dad and his figs……..Happy weekend.

    • The funny thing was, my grandmother loved making fig preserves, and Bob’s grandmother loved eating them, so we always would take her a jar or two, which delighted my grandmother! If you like sweets, preserves are the way to go! Mmmmm!

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