The pairing of sharp cheddar and sweet fig is another match made in gastronomic heaven. This recipe–though it hardly deserves to be called that–is an embarrassingly simple way to bring the two together. Take out a few crackers or crispy flatbreads (or cut a few slices off a baguette), top with a small wedge of cheddar, and add a dollop of fig spread or jam* for a delicious snack. Or, put some of the fig spread in a tiny bowl and place it on a larger cheese board, along with the cheddar.
For a Spanish variation on the theme, pair Manchego cheese with membrillo, a lovely fruit paste made with quince.
* I can get fig spread at my local store, and now always keep a jar in the fridge; if you make your own spread or jam, even better!