Figs, labneh, mint, pepper ~ Ham Pie Sandwiches

01 September 2011

Figs, labneh, mint, pepper

Figs, labneh, mint, pepperIt's September, and you know what that means: fig season.

I like to eat fresh figs raw, but that doesn't mean I always want them plain. Instead, I eat them with:

- pungent soft cheeses: chevre, brie (& I hate blue, but you could try it).
- mild white cheeses: mozzarella, cream, farmer's.
- black pepper & lots of it.
- fresh herbs: mint, basil, parsley, etc.
- thick, serious yogurt or labneh.
- honey (ours is meadowfoam).
- whatever other fruit is around: fig & peach salad, anyone?
- various lettuces, spinach, or arugula.
- toasted walnuts or pecans.

Today I cut open a handful of black mission figs, smeared them with labneh, and sprinkled them with chopped mint and black pepper. Best breakfast ever.


Jes said...

Wait, you have blue cheese? But it's so good! :)

I'm not a huge fig fan, but I could get behind these--they look scrumptious.

Eileen said...

I do hate blue cheese! Sad but true. Practically all the really pungent cheeses are really hard for me to take. Even brie is just at the edge.

I didn't care much about figs until I moved to fig-growing mecca, but now? ZOMG MORE PLEASE. They're one of those fruits that are either meh or unbelievable, depending on ripeness & freshness. Combine that with difficulty of transport, and half the country has never eaten a decent fig. Like, you know how most figs are brown & mushy on the inside? They should be bright purplish-red & just barely firm. SO good.

eatme_delicious said...

I've never tried labneh but it looks delicious paired with the figs! I've probably never had a good fig and the way they're pollenated still freaks me out from eating them too often.

Veronica said...

I think you'll have to find me a good fig to try... I don't think I've really ever had a good fresh one.

Eileen said...

Labneh is very much like thick Greek yogurt. If you like that, you will love it. I have to say that I fully endorse ignoring how figs are pollinated, though--they're too good to miss!

Veronica, all you have to do to find good figs is come to the farmer's market with me this weekend. FIGS APLENTY.

Catherine said...

I just had to google pollination of figs . . . interesting! I never knew that. Nature is amazing, isn't it?

P.S. Love figs. Love, love, love them!

Eileen said...

Yes! Nature is AWESOME.