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Lebanese Inspired Fig Jam

Made this last year for a special friend, and nailed it my first time making this easy and delicious jam! Use a whole honey wheat bread spread it on both sides, add a couple of slices of prosciutto and manchego cheese, and cook panni or grilled cheese style, you won’t be disappointed. Make a large batch and freeze for future use!

Dishing It Out With Clarissa

I’ve always had a fascination with Middle Eastern Cuisine from Greek to Persian, the range of spices has left my palate begging for more. So next week I’ll be showcasing a few of my middle eastern favorite dishes. But for now I have a recipe for Lebanese Fig Jam, which is a popular staple in Lebanon. What separates Lebanese Fig Jam from ours (US) is ground Mastic which can be found in Greek or Middle Eastern stores. Mastic extract comes from a tree similar to the pistachio family.

If you can’t find Mastic then anise seeds or star anise will work, just make sure to dry roast before you grind then to a powder, and by dry roasting you will bring out the intense aroma and flavor of anise, or any other seed or nut. Roast before you use and you will notice a clear difference.

So I made my Lebanese fig jam and…

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About Dish With Clarissa

Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

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