September 25, 2012

To Try Tuesday - Getting Figgy

It seems that every time Mr. Hairy Legs and I go out to dinner he always orders something I wish I had ordered. He has this theory about ordering in a restaurant - always go with fresh fish first, then if you don't like the sound of that go with steak, then chicken, and finally pork.  It sounds unbelievable, but 99% of the time he orders the best dish.  I know it seems a little old-fashioned but I am thinking that for all future dinners I am just going to let him order for me.  It will be a "win" situation for him too since he will then be able to enjoy his meal in peace, rather than having me ask for another bite. 

On a visit to 12th Avenue Grill, one of my favorite restaurants on Oahu, he ordered figs that had been stuffed with cinnamon goat cheese and wrapped with prosciutto, then grilled.  They were delicious and, needless to say, he generously shared them with me.  I had never had figs before, and was taken with how good they were.  I really meant to buy some and try making this recipe, but for some reason I never got around to it.

Costco had figs over the summer and I kept eying them every time I passed by them. I kept thinking that I could try and replicate the dish we had tried.  I did pick up a tray but then I saw a recipe for Vanilla Balsamic Fig Jam on La Dolce Pita and I couldn't resist.  This is such an easy recipe with delicious results.

Vanilla Balsamic Fig Jam

  • 1/2 lb. fresh figs, stemmed and quartered
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 1 Tablespoon aged Balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of salt

  1. In a small pot over medium-low heat, bring the honey to a simmer. 
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and let simmer for 15-20 minutes (stirring occasionally), or until figs have considerably broken down and liquid has reduced a bit. 
  3. Remove the cinnamon stick and let cool completely before serving. 
  4. Jam will thicken upon cooling and makes approximately 3/4 cup.
Original recipe by  La Dolce Pita


  1. Mr. Hairy Legs, lol, I guess that's way better than being with Mr. Hair Back! We love figs here, a friend showed me how to make fig balsamic jam this summer and we are still enjoying it.

    1. So very true Gina, lol. He is a triathlete and earned the name by being reluctant to shave his legs when competing. He has since seen the benefits of doing so but the name has stuck in the triathlon community.

  2. Yay!!! Felice is back!!!! And with an awesome recipe to boot. I've not tried figs until this year. I always some a bit averse to them, however I tried one, and I liked it. I'm eager to try a jam like this!!

  3. Mr Hairy Legs seems to know his food rather well...interesting fig jam. never try this. thanks for the recipe.


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