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Warm Fresh Fig Spread

Warm Fresh Fig Spread

When it's fig season in California, this is one of my all-time favorite (and easy!) things to make!  Serve it as part of a cheese board, as a dessert with ricotta and drizzled with honey or on a crostini with fresh ricotta!

Makes 2 cups.


½ cup walnuts
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 pound fresh California figs, stems removed and very coarsely chopped
1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon aged balsamic
Kosher salt
Cheese Board with dried figs, and nuts


Preheat an oven to 375F. Place the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until light golden, very hot to the touch and aromatic, about 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Coarsely chop and set aside.

Melt the butter and warm the olive oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until aromatic, about 15 seconds. Do not let it turn brown. Add the figs and rosemary and stir until the figs are warm and begin to soften.

Place the figs in a bowl, add the walnuts, balsamic and season with salt.