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Shallot Fig Spread Recipe to Ring in the New Year

December 30, 2012

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The New Year is a time to put on your party hat and celebrate the year behind us while clearing the way for an exciting year ahead. What better way to start off 2013 than with a delicious, healthy appetizer?

This nutritious and scrumptious shallot fig spread recipe brought to us by 1999 graduate Terry Walters will feed a party of 12 (but we won’t tell anyone if you take an extra serving!) Who knew keeping your resolution to eat healthily could taste so good?

The spread can be served on top of rice crackers or spread on rice tortilla, topped with sautéed chard and broiled, for a gourmet pizza. No matter which way you go, it’s going to be a hit!  


1 cup dried Turkish figs (about 12)
2 cups water
7 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
Zest of 1 large orange
Juice of 2 oranges
2 tablespoons maple syrup


1. Prepare figs by discarding tough stem ends and cutting fruit into halves. Place in small pot over medium-high heat with 2 cups water and bring to boil. Simmer until liquid is reduced to 1⁄2 cup (about 20 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside, keeping figs in liquid.

2. Over medium heat, sauté shallots in olive oil until very soft (about 15 minutes). Add ginger, orange zest and juice. Stir continuously and sauté 5 minutes longer. Add figs, reduced liquid and maple syrup. Stir to combine and remove from heat.

3. When cool enough to touch, transfer mixture into mixing bowl and gently purée with handheld blender (or food processor) until spread is blended but some figs and onions are still visible. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

Makes 2 cups

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