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Fig & Balsamic Onion Jam


MAKES CUP Juicy ripe figs are a magical sandwich or salad addition, but unless you live in a warm and sunny place, they can be hard to track down and extravagan­tly priced. I never turn down a basket of fresh figs when they are in season (and I drive home with them strapped in with the passenger-side seatbelt), but I count on dry figs for most of the year. This fig and balsamic onion jam is a great condiment spread on a sandwich, baked into a pie or served up on a cheese board, and it impressive­ly comes together in less than Ƨ0 minutes with ordinary pantry ingredient­s.

tbsp olive oil small onion, diced ½ tsp salt and pepper  tbsp balsamic vinegar cup dried figs (see Note), stemmed and halved ½ cup water

. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat the olive oil. When the oil begins to shimmer, add the onions, salt and a few grinds of pepper. %ook, stirring occasional­ly, until the onions begin to brown at the corners—about 10 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook, stirring, for 1 minute to reduce slightly. Set aside to cool down.

. 9hile the onions cool, put the figs and water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook, partially covered with a lid, for about 15 minutes, until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

. Transfer the onion and balsamic mixture and the figs (including any liquid in the pan) to a blender or food processor and process until smooth— about 1 minute. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Allow to cool, then transfer to a tightly sealed airtight container.

Note: Substitute a cup of shallots for the onion for a milder onion flavour.

Any variety of dried fig will do the trick, but if you’ve recently won the lottery and can get your hands on some dried mission figs, use them to create the best version of this jam.

Get Ahead: This jam can be made ahead and stored in a tightly sealed airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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