Recipe: Warm fig salsa

Recipe: Warm fig salsa
It's salsa, with a twist. Recipe: fig salsa (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Total time:

40 minutes



Makes 3 cups



From test kitchen manager Noelle Carter. Serve the salsa with savory goat cheese tamales, spread over warm bread, or as part of a cheese course.

1 medium Spanish onion, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pint fresh figs, about 1 pound

1 cup dry white wine

3/4 cup chicken broth, divided


Freshly ground black pepper

Juice of 1 lemon

1. In a large sauté pan


over medium heat, combine the onion with the olive oil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened and just beginning to caramelize, about 12 minutes.

2. Roughly chop

half the figs and add them to the pan. Continue cooking until the figs are just starting to break down, 6 to 9 minutes.

3. Add the white wine

and one-half cup of the chicken broth to the pan and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring almost constantly, until the wine and broth reduce to a thick sauce.



to a food processor or blender and pulse or blend until almost smooth -- there should still be a bit of texture to the salsa.

5. Return the salsa

to the

pan and season to taste

with salt and pepper.

Halve the remaining figs lengthwise and quarter

each half. Add the fig pieces to the pan and heat over medium-low heat until the fig pieces are just warmed, stirring constantly. Thin, if desired, with the remaining chicken broth. Adjust the seasoning and add fresh lemon juice to taste. Serve immediately.

Each quarter cup:

46 calories; 1 gram protein; 9 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 1 gram fat; 0 saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 49 mg. sodium.