Dried figs and cheese


Figs are usually a perfect accompaniment to cheeses, so today we would like to suggest four ways of combining them: blue cheese, fresh cheese, goat cheese and aged cheese. In some of these combinations, some other ingredients are added, but the main ingredients are dried figs and cheese. Let's get started!


Figs with goat cheese

A winner combination. If you want to surprise your guests with a quick and delicious recipe, we suggest two alternatives, either hot or cold.


The combination of figs with warm goat cheese consists in opening some dried figs and introducing a teaspoon of goat cheese in each one. The amount will depend on the size of the fig, but it must be enough to be able to close it. Once closed, place the figs with goat cheese in the oven at 180º for approximately 10 minutes. You can serve it on freshly made toast. 


If you prefer eating it cold, just open the dried figs in half, put some goat cheese and, if desired, add a drop of balsamic vinegar (it will go great). You can add pistachio nuts and besides giving it a new texture, it enhances the flavor. 


Figs with blue cheese

Specifically, Niki Segnit in The Encyclopedia of Flavors recommends combining figs with stilton cheese and a glass of oporto. She also recommends combining figs with blue cheese in a salad with hearty leaves, also drizzled with a vinaigrette of oporto, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. 


Figs with fresh cheese

Between July and August, in fig harvesting season, figs are usually eaten for breakfast accompanied by fresh cheese and some nuts. When fresh figs are not in season, dried figs are very pleasurable when eaten with fresh cheese and honey regardless. If you like sweet and sour, you will love this combination. 


Figs with aged cheese

Are you daring enough to combine dried figs with a good Manchego? The association responsible for the famous Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese recommends pairing young Parmesan cheese with dried figs and hazelnuts.  And if you add to this combination a good Serrano ham, the combination becomes otherworldly


What's your favorite combination? 


Dried figs: benefits


We all love nutritious and juicy figs, but since they are such a seasonal fruit, we can’t have them all year round. Luckily, dried figs exist, and they have many benefits to our health and our organism. That’s why it’s one of the recommended foods of the FAO (United National Organization for Agriculture and Diet.)


1) Dried figs have a high content in fiber and minerals like calcium and magnesium.


2) Eating two to three dried figs before your meal helps reduce appetite, furthermore, because of all the natural sugars it contains, it’s a great dessert replacement.


3) If we consume a fistfull of approximately 30g, we will get our daily recommended dose of fiber, calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamin B that our body needs.


4) Dried figs have high contents of fiber and its consumption helps regulate body weight.


5) Athletes have already included dried figs in their daily diet because of all the properties that its magnesium, copper, potassium, calcium and vitamins K and B6 offer to them.


Other five beneficial properties


6) Dried figs help with digestion due to their high fiber content.


7) They are a great food for people who suffer from constipation.


8) Due to the high levels of calcium and magnesium that dried figs contain, its consumption helps with bone health.


9) Dried figs have high protein levels that along with its fats and carbohydrates are essential for human life.


10) Dried figs contain peciticine, a soluble fiber that helps lower cholesterol levels in blood.


If you haven't tried dried figs El Pajarero, we encourage you to try them. Its sweetness and texture are like no other. On our web, you can check where we sell them in your country.