Caramelized Onion & Fig Jam

October 12

The richness of the dried mission figs and the savory sweetness of the caramelized onions pairs together to make a delicious jam that is perfect for sharing on a chilly fall night.  This Caramelized Onion & Fig Jam make the perfect addition to your favorite cheese tray or goes great by itself with a bottle of wine.  My favorite way to serve this jam is on toasted baguette slices, but it’s even more divine when you sprinkle the sliced baguette with blue cheese crumbles and place them under the broiler for a few minutes or just until the cheese starts to bubble and turn golden brown.  Let the pieces cool and then top each slice with jam.  You can use it to serve as a relish with oven roasted chicken or pork loin for Sunday dinner.  This recipe is sure to become a staple in your fall refrigerator.  Enjoy!


Caramelized Onion & Fig Jam

  • 10 ounces mission figs, dried, halved
  • 1 large onion, 1/2 inch diced (about 2.5 cups)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups liquid (I used red wine, but apple cider or chicken stock would work great too)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar


Combine onions and olive oil in a medium sauce with salt and pepper.  Cook over medium/low heat until the onions are translucent and have started to caramelize, about 20-30 minutes.  Add wine to deglaze the pan, being sure to scrap any brown bits off of the bottom of the pan.  Add figs and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally and pressing the figs against the side of the pan with a wood spoon to break them up as needed.  Stir in granulated sugar and simmer for an additional 20 minutes, breaking down the figs even more.  If jam gets too thick, add more liquid as needed until your desired “jam” consistency is reached.


Posted by on October 12, 2013 in Appetizers, Dips, Sauces, Snacks

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