Balsamic-Poached Figs

Roasted Chicken with Polenta and Balsamic-Poached Figs
Photo: Con Poulos
2 cups

Keep a container of these delicious figs on hand and add them to any meal for a super-flavorful boost.


  • 1 ½ cups sugar

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

  • 1 sprig fresh thyme

  • ½ cinnamon stick

  • 1 whole allspice

  • 2 black peppercorns

  • 1 star anise (optional)

  • 8 ounces dried figs, such as Black Mission, halved lengthwise


  1. In a small saucepan, heat sugarand 1/2 cup water until sugar dissolves.Add vinegar, orange juice,thyme, and spices and bring toa boil. Reduce until slightly thickened,about 5 minutes. Transferto a medium heat-proof bowl andadd figs. Let cool completely.

Cook's Notes

Figs can be refrigerated in syrup for up to 2 weeks.

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