Aug 26

Fig, Brie, & Prosciutto Tarts

in Fruits & Vegetables, Main Course, Meat

Have you entered for the chance to win a box of fresh California figs yet?  There’s still time!  Entries will be accepted until 10 pm PST tonight (August 26th, 2010)!  See the Fresh California Figs + A Giveaway! post to enter.


Fig Week

Now that we’ve used figs in a few sweet ways, I’m ready to go savory!  Figs and cheese make a divine combination, and then if you add a bit of pork to the mix, whether it be bacon, pancetta, or prosciutto, you get the gold medal trio of savory fig combinations.  I decided to bring the winning trio together on squares of puff pastry to make some beautiful savory tarts.

Hot Fig, Brie, & Prosciutto Tarts

I decided to use some of the fresh black mission figs, not only because of their flavor, but because I thought the color would be a nice contrast to the other colors in play on the tarts.

Fresh Black Mission Figs

Although I love making puff pastry, it is such a long involved process, that it just isn’t realistic for me to do so very often at my current stage in life.  For some reason, chasing around 2 active little girls seems to take up a lot of time!  So I thawed out a sheet of store bought puff pastry dough (I used Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry for these tarts), cut it into 4 pieces, put the pieces on a Silpat, and pricked them with a fork.

Prick the squares of puff pastry with a fork

Then I topped each square with about 1 ounce of brie cheese (I just pinched off little pieces and dotted each square with them), 1 fig cut into slices,

Top the puff pastry squares with bits of brie and sliced figs

and several small pieces of prosciutto.

Fig, Brie, & Prosciutto Tarts waiting to go into the oven

Then I popped them into the oven to bake until the puff pastry had done its thing, and was a nice golden brown.  The sweetness of the Black Mission figs tasted wonderful with creamy brie and the salty prosciutto.  The puff pastry was the perfect pillowy vehicle to deliver it all into my mouth.  Despite the more sophisticated presentation, my girls eagerly tasted the tarts because Squirrel pointed out that it looked like pizza.

Fig, Brie, & Prosciutto Tarts

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Fig, Brie, & Prosciutto Tarts

Makes 4 tarts

1 sheet puff pastry (about 8.7 ounces)
4 ounces brie cheese
4 figs, sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices
1 ounce prosciutto, cut into 2-inch long pieces

1. Thaw the puff pastry sheet as directed on the package.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lightly grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.

2. When the puff pastry sheet has thawed, cut it into quarters.  With a fork, prick the center of the puff pastry squares thoroughly with a fork.

3. Dot each square with small pieces of brie cheese.  Lay the fig slices on top of the cheese, then lay several slices of prosciutto on top of everything.

4. Bake the tarts for 15 to 20 minutes until the pastry is golden brown.  Serve.

* Variations: Use goat cheese instead of brie.  Add fresh herbs.  Drizzle the tarts with honey.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Paula - bell'alimento August 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm

*drool* I’ll take two dozen please. I think I’m going to cry if I don’t win the figs…I’m DYING to make everything you’ve posted this week! xoxo


Jessica @ How Sweet August 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I am SO envious of all your figs. This looks incredible!


Maria August 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm

All of your fig recipes are amazing! You are putting those figs to GOOD use!


Ken August 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm

That looks amazing, I’m definitely making it for the weekend.


Wenderly August 26, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I think that I have *fig envy*! GORGEOUS!


jennifer August 26, 2010 at 3:56 pm

These look sooooo yummy. And they seem really easy to make. I may have to try them the next time we have people over.


Jean August 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm

They look SO good!


Tokyo Terrace August 26, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Ohmygosh! These look absolutely divine! I have been eyeing the figs in the market here in Tokyo and have some big plans for them this weekend :) Thanks for a little more inspiration and for making me drool at 8:07am all the way in Tokyo! Muah!


Sara August 26, 2010 at 4:10 pm

omg..the tart looks so good & tasty! I’m loving California figs right now too! :)


Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 26, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Oh, yes! The perfect combo of flavors! These sound SO good. Maybe THIS is what I’ll make if I win those figs . . . ;)


She's Cookin' August 26, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Love this! I agree – the perfect combination! (P.S. I sent you an email about BlogHer Food – did you get it?)


foodies at home August 26, 2010 at 9:33 pm

These look delish! I have a fig tree in my backyard and I am anxiously awaiting their arrival!!


Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks August 26, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Rachael. The fig recipes are fantastic. I’m most excited about making the fig preserves. Thanks!


Victoria August 27, 2010 at 9:00 am

Love this flavor combination :)


Lindsay August 27, 2010 at 10:47 am

Ooo yum. I must get some figs..


The Wife of a Dairyman August 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Your post has reminded me of eating figs as a young girl at my parent’s house from their tree. I just love them. The same fig tree I’m speaking of was just uprooted due to some sort of disease so I have since purchased a fig tree for my parents and it is doing well so far:) Love your site…popped over from Steamy Kitchen!


Abigail (aka Mamatouille) August 27, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Hi Fellow Mama! This is too funny–I didn’t even realize it was Fig Week over here but my neighbor gave me some of his California figs so I posted a grilled fig with ricotta recipe yesterday. Love those California figs! I’m lucky to get free ones up here in Seattle—yay for neighbors with fig trees! :) Hope you’re doing well–I haven’t been in the blogosphere very much lately.


Amanda August 28, 2010 at 5:43 pm

OMG Rachel these look to die for!! :)


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction September 1, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Those look amazing!!


[email protected] September 5, 2010 at 6:32 am

These look absolutely delectable! And so do-able too! Love dishes where it looks like you spent a long time in the kitchen!


Bonnie June 27, 2011 at 7:09 am

Not that crazy about figs but these recipes are enticing me to try them again. Fabulous!


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