A holiday glaze made with dried figs is an elegant way to dress up your turkey dinner this Christmas.  The presentation is memorable, the flavor is decadent and we’re sharing our Fig-Glazed Turkey dish for Day 10 of our 12 Days of Recipes here at 365Barrington.com.

12 Days of Recipes - Day 10

Not only do the dried figs add a hint of richness and an element of surprise to the turkey on your table…

Post - Dried Figs

…the leftover fig vinegar makes a great salad dressing base or meat marinade.

Post - Kelly Donlea's Fig Glazed Turkey

Roast Turkey with Fig Glaze


2 cups dried figs, pitted and roughly chopped

1/4 cup honey

2 tablespoons lemon juice

3 cups warm water

1/2 cup fig-infused balsamic vinegar (if available, such as the fig

balsamic from the Olive Tap www.theolivetap.com, otherwise regular balsamic is fine)

1/3 cup and 4 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

In a large mixing bowl, combine figs, honey, lemon juice and cover with warm water.  Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 20 to 25 minutes until the figs are tender and soft.  Strain the figs and reserve the liquid for glaze.  Reserve figs for use in your stuffing or garnish, if desired.  Rub bird with 4 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Place bird in roasting tray and bake in a 324 degree F oven until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees (approximately 3 hours for a small turkey, up to 6 hours for a large turkey).  To make the glaze, cook the liquid from the fig mixture in a pan over medium-high heat and add vinegar and 1/3 cup butter.  Cook, stirring often, until syrupy.  Baste the bird with fig glaze during last 10 minutes of baking.



About the Author

Kelly Donlea is a Barrington mom, chef, cookbook author the owner of Organizing Dinner, a company that brings sensible cooking solutions to busy people. She has published several cookbooks and one of her specialties is helping parents plan family meals with fewer trips to the grocery store. Kelly also offers cooking classes and demonstrations in your home or public facility. To learn more about Kelly, her recipes and her services, you’ll find her Facebook page by clicking HERE and her website at OrganizingDinner.com. Kelly is going to be sharing recipes, cooking tips and special features about chefs and popular menu items at area restaurants right here at 365Barrington.com.

To explore more of Kelly’s recipes in your own kitchen, her cookbooks are your best companion and they also make great holiday gifts! CLICK HERE to read more about her books, titled 70 Meals One Trip to the Store and 30 Spectacular Salads.

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