Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Spiced Figs w/ Grilled Chicken & Arugula Salad

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Since I have an abundance of figs right now, I am trying to eat them daily, which isn't hard for me to do.

This is a wonderful recipe for spiced figs.
You can use the spiced figs on pound cake, drizzled with the syrup, or in this delicious salad of bufala mozzarella, arugula, prosciutto and spiced figs.



The balsamic vinegar and red wine boils down to make a rich, spicy syrup that is out of this world.
I omitted the star anise, because I couldn't find any.



Spiced Figs w/ Grilled Chicken & Bufala Mozzarella Salad (adapted from Delicious Magazine)

for the Spiced Figs:

1 cup of sugar
1.5 cups of dry red wine
1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar
1 cinnamon stick
6 cardamom pods
6 peppercorns
2 star anise
1" piece of ginger, sliced
4 lemon slices
10 ripe figs (I used green and black mission figs)

Place all ingredients (except figs) in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the figs and simmer for 3 minutes until figs soften slightly.



Remove figs with a slotted spoon and transfer to a glass bowl or glass storage container.

Continue simmering the liquid for another 5 minutes or so until syrup is starting to thicken.
Pour over the figs and let cool completely.

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for the Salad:

4 grilled chicken breasts
torn pieces of bufala fresh mozzarella
2 cups of fresh arugula
4 prosciutto slices, torn into pieces

Take some figs out of the syrup and slice in half.
Arrange on a platter with the salad ingredients and drizzle the fig syrup over the salad.



Heavenly!

17 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Oh wow,I've never seen or heard of spiced figs. I'll bet these would be dynamite on your upside down cake too.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I like the spices here - I had a fig in a NY restaurant the other night that, surprisingly, tasted a little bland. This marinade would wake things up.

The Japanese Redneck said...

I saw the title in my dashboard and knew this was one of your recipes even before I scrolled down and saw your name. I had a few figs off the tree in the yard yesterday. Love those figs too.

Ramona

kat said...

OMG those figs sound absolutely amazing!

Lisa said...

I love all your fig recipes. I should be getting a bag from my neighbor as soon as they are ripe. And believe me, I will be searching out your blog for all your recipes.

Michele said...

Oh man, i'm so bummed. Last year my parents had soo many figs and I didn't know what to do with them. All recipes I found called for dried figs. They moved yesterday and won't be there for the figs in September. They will be planting one in their new yard but who knows when we'll see figs. This looks fantastic!

Bob said...

I've never had a fresh fig. They sound tasty though, particularly in that salad!

Pam said...

Heavenly is the perfect word to describe this salad - it looks wonderful Stacey.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I am feeling so fig deprived. What's up with that? I cannot find fresh figs, even at Whole Foods?! So, I can only drool over a concoction that looks perfect-- balsamic and wine? Yeah, that's perfect...and I have every stinkin' ingredient except fresh figs! Waaaaaaaaaah!

Zoe said...

Oooh I love your twist on figs here! We both have figs on the brain!

John and Lisa Howard-Fusco said...

Wow - not the biggest fig fan in the world, but this sounds very intriguing. - John

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Those figs look wonderful. I can't think of a better combination than pairing them with prosciutto and mozzarella.

Tanya said...

I can't wait to try this. I don't think I ever made spiced figs.

Colloquial Cook said...

I am so making a fig & spice jam or chutney in the coming weeks! You are an inspiration.

Proud Italian Cook said...

It looks heavenly! Spiced figs! You're over the top!

Karen said...

If you need to give some away, please think of me ;-)

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