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Oct 27, 2010 07:43 PM

Dried Figs

I love dried mission figs and thought I would like most types of dried figs. But I bought some golden figs and I think I might like them in another form. Does any one have a idea of a recipe using dried figs. Maybe a fig jam or something.

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    1. I saw a chef on TV reconstitute dried figs in Cabernet Sauvignon. It was served with either steak or pork. I always wanted to do it. Never did.

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      1. re: Chinon00

        Chinon00, that sounds really delicious! Figs are my fav fruit; in all forms. I could go thru a batch with a bar of fresh goat cheese, some honey and a glass of wine and be very happy! They work great chopped into muffin batter or warmed in red wine as a fruit sauce for cake or ice cream. Figs on salad, wrapped inside a chicken breast with herbs. Added to rice pudding or savory rice. I love dried figs on pizza with onions, apples, cheese and herbs. Endless possibilities.

      2. I bookmarked but have yet to make Chicken with Figs from the PBS Create show, Daisy Cooks. It sounds very delicious. The recipe for the brown sauce that is part of the dish would have lots of other potential uses.

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        1. re: greygarious

          I bet that would be good with a turkey broil!

          1. re: HillJ

            She explained that it is her simplified version of Sauce Espanol.

            1. re: greygarious

              That is a delicious sounding chicken dish and her version of brown sauce is easy enough.

              I've reconstituted them in port with a few lemon rind strips and whole cloves thrown in, for pork roasts with caramelized cipollini onions, and like to bake with them around the holidays.

              Here's an interesting adult version of a oatmeal cookie, with figs and brandy:


              1. re: bushwickgirl

                Well that Oatmeal cookie sounds good but I don't cook or drink any alcohol. But it did give me a idea to put some slices of the dried figs into Oatmeal especially it its a overnight oatmeal in the slow cooker. As long as their was enough liquid I would assume the oatmeal will cook fine and the figs would get reconstituted.

                1. re: LEsherick2008

                  Yes, I would think they'd be fine.

                  You can sub reconstituted diced figs in any oatmeal cookie recipe that calls for raisins, which most do, and add a little orange zest. If you wanted to use the recipe linked above, use hot orange juice for reconstituting and add a tablespoon of that, instead of the brandy, to the dough. No need for brandy at all.

              2. re: greygarious

                and I replied that it would go lovely with a roasted turkeybroil. Thanks!

          2. I made a duck dish recently with red wine pan-roasted figs that was really awesome - I used fresh but you could definitely reconstitute dry, especially the golden ones (which are larger and moister generally than dry mission figs). You could also just make a quick compote by reconstituting chopped figs in a mixture of wine, balsamic and a little sugar, and serve it with goat cheese or another strong cheese on toasted baguette slices.

            1. This will be the least helpful post in the history of Chowhound but....

              My mom has a tradition of serving us these dried figs as-is in a bowl on the Xmas table, as you would cashews and cookies and whatnot.

              She'd tell us it was 'baby Jesus' shit'.
              I still gobbled them furiously.

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              1. re: AnchovyBourdain

                Must agree with your mother - I've never come across a "recipe" for dried figs that beats eating them as is. I currently have a bag of mini-figs (about the size of your thumbnail) that are just delicious.