Okay – so I fell for a sale. Surely I am not the only one. And I seem to always be a sucker for a buy one get 1 free sale. Such an appealing word – free.
This time it was brown turkey figs – buy one, get 1 free. Discount abundance is a wonderful thing unless you really have no idea what to do with the booty! Everyone in the family tried one and they were okay, but it was clear that the abundance would not be used before they rotted, so I had to get thinking.
Not sure where this idea came from, but I have been on a kick of roasting red onions as parts of several recipes, so I decided that red onions and figs were either destined (or doomed) to meet in my oven.
And hey – there’s my bottle of balsamic vinegar. Balsamic vinegar is awfully good on onions, and also on fruit! I think I’m onto something! Nice to be creative in the kitchen as I’ve been working on an off-shoot project that Little Sis and I dreamed up from the blog and not trying to be experimental lately. She’s been keeping things up and running which I greatly appreciate – both for her efforts and for her recipes because she rocks at making up great recipes. At any rate a little time to ponder a new food led to this relish which I like on a cracker – it’s also good with cheese, on sandwiches, or plain (teehee).
Roasted Onion & Fig Relish
1 lge sweet onion
1 lge red onion
8 fresh brown figs
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp balsamic
1/2 tsp salt
Pre-heat oven to 400.
Lightly oil baking sheet with edges (I used the bottom of a broiler pan)
Chop those onions fine – I used a food processor which left some big chunks using the top wheel, but I didn’t want mush either. Might be better to chop fine by hand if you don’t like a few big chunks.
Add the figs to the food processor – or chop by hand into small bits
Mix together in a bowl and add oil, vinegar and salt
Spread out on baking sheet – it’s pretty wet.
Roast for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 or so.
It dries out a bit as it roasts so go until it is of a consistency you like. Your house will smell really great while this is going on!
We put it on crackers, we mixed a little into the rice we were eating, added a small amount of goat brie.
I’m going to put it on a tomato sandwich today as the birds are sharing some of their tomatoes with me lately 😉
What do you do with figs? And could someone please start a store, a band or a park called ‘Discount Abundance’?