Do you enjoy the fancy fig jam you find at the expensive gourmet shops? It pairs so beautifully with cheese, charcuterie and so much more! Did you know you can make a whole batch for less than the cost of one jar?
We love having the refrigerator, pantry and/or freezer stocked with fig jam. It makes putting together an appetizer a breeze.
Simply pull one or more varieties of cheese, a sleeve of crackers, a handful of roasted nuts, some fresh fruit and a jar of fig jam... voila! You've got a gourmet snack that's worthy of royalty.
We used to stock our larder with store-bought fig jam but it's so darn expensive - a small jar running anywhere from 8 to 10 dollars, yikes! But one day, a few years ago, I discovered that it's super easy to make my own fig jam and it tastes even better than the stuff from the fancy gourmet shop.
Who knew you could make fig jam from dried figs?
Even better than that, you don't have to wait for fig season to roll around or break the bank on fresh figs. Did you know that you can make fabulous fig jam from DRIED figs? Yep, you heard that right. I was so thrilled with this discovery that we now have 3 different fig jam variations on the blog. So take your pick or make a batch of each one because in addition to appetizer boards, there are so many other things you can do with fig jam. Here are a few ideas:
- Fig jam makes a fabulous grilled cheese. We love it on sourdough bread with Gouda or Fontina cheese.
- It's great as a sandwich spread.
- Any of these 3 fig jams make a wonderful base for pizza.
- Use it as a filling for thumbprint cookies.
- Use it as a glaze for pork roasts, pork tenderloin and grilled chicken.
- Fig jam is delicious on toast, biscuits and scones.
- Use it as a filling between cake layers.
- Roast some veggies with olive oil and a spoonful of this balsamic fig jam... so good!
- Make a fig salad dressing; combine ¼ cup jam, 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard and ⅓ cup extra vigin olive oil in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Add salt and pepper to taste, cover and shake, shake, shake. That's it!
- Spoon it over oatmeal then add a drizzle of cream or half-and-half.
- Stir a spoonful into your morning yogurt. Top with crunchy granola.
- Give it as a gift!
Yes, a jar of fig jam makes a wonderful gift for friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, teachers, hostesses... anyone! Because we enjoy giving delicious gifts from the kitchen, we've created free printable labels for each of these fig jams.
If you'd like to receive a PDF for any of the labels, just leave us a comment below that particular post. The only thing we ask is that you request each set of labels individually. We send out LOTS of labels and that's how we stay organized.
Here's the rundown of our fig jams:
f you can cut up some dried figs and add sugar, balsamic vinegar, water and lemon juice then bring it all to a boil, you can make this delicious Balsamic Fig Jam! Check out the post for a zillion ways to use it!
This Ridiculously Easy Orange Fig Jam is almost embarrassingly easy- combine dried figs (yes DRIED figs), sugar, orange juice and zest along with a splash of vinegar - cook, stir, puree - you're done! Then it's time to enjoy!
This Sweet and Spicy Fig Spread makes a delicious appetizer with crackers and cheese but it's also a fabulous pizza base, sandwich spread, glaze for chicken, pork or beef...
Thought for the day:
“To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.
What we're listening to for inspiration:
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