In west Georgia, there is “no other way to eat fig jam except on a hot buttered biscuit,” says jmcarthur8. Elsewhere, Chowhounds incorporate fig jam into a variety of dishes, both savory and sweet.

It’s especially popular paired with soft cheeses. laliz cuts the rind from the top of a wheel of Brie, spreads the cheese with fig jam, sprinkles on sliced almonds, and bakes. jeanmarieok bakes fig jam and blue cheese in puff pastry, and spazita pairs it with goat cheese in mini phyllo cups. Another idea: CHOW’s Fig Jam and Goat Cheese Crostini (pictured).

The Professor combines fig jam with caramelized Vidalia onions, reduced white wine, and a splash of balsamic vinegar to make a sauce for roasted or braised pork. Mixed with champagne vinegar and walnut oil, fig jam makes “a wonderful vinaigrette,” says goodhealthgourmet.

On the sweet side, it’s wonderful folded into muffin batter or spread on top of thumbprint cookies, hounds say. It’s also a main ingredient in a North Carolina specialty, Ocracoke fig cake.

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