Dried Fig Compote

Dried Fig Compote

Dried Fig Compote

This compote of figs, bourbon, anise, cardamom, and citrus zest is a perfect accompaniment for stinky cheeses.

This preserve recipe, from Marisa McClellan, author of Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round, is a balm for those mourning the passing of summer's fleeting fresh fig season. It can be made any time of year and has a deep, sophisticated flavor. It's best served with stinky cheeses, though some also enjoy it drizzled over steel cut oats on chilly mornings.