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Fig Turnover With Goat Cheese Crema and Port Reduction

Courtesy of Max's Bistro and Bar, Fresno, California

Serves 9

  • 4 cups chopped fresh California figs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Zest of small lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 cup port wine
  • 3 dried figs, chopped
  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

1. In a 2-quart saucepan, simmer the fresh figs with the water, lemon zest and vanilla for about 45 minutes; set filling aside to cool completely.

2. Flatten pastry to make a 12-inch square, and cut nine 4-inch-by-4-inch squares. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the filling into the center of each square. Moisten the edges and fold corner to corner, pinching the edges together to seal.

3. Arrange the turnovers on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake for 15 minutes at 350°F, until puffed and golden brown.

4. Meanwhile, for the port reduction, combine the wine and dried figs in a small saucepan; heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Strain and set aside.

5. To serve, mix together the goat cheese and milk until smooth and creamy. Divide and spoon onto 9 serving plates. Arrange turnovers on top and drizzle with the port reduction.

Nutrients per serving: 300 calories, 5g protein, 33g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 14g fat (3.5g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 256mg potassium

Chocolate-Covered Figs

Courtesy of the California Fig Advisory Board

chocolate dipped figs for dessert (KAT TEUTSCH)

Tired of the same old thing? Swap out those strawberries for some chocolate-dipped figs, a delicious guilt-free dessert. — Kat Teutsch

Serves 4

  • 4 whole fresh California figs with stems
  • Fine sea salt, as needed
  • 1 cup semisweet, milk or white chocolate chips

1. Wash and dry the figs; dust lightly with the salt. Set aside.

2. Place the chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds; stir. Microwave for 30 seconds more and stir until the chocolate is completely melted.

3. For each fig, holding it by the stem, dip it in the melted chocolate and set it on a waxed paper–lined tray. Sprinkle with the salt. Let stand until the chocolate is set.

Nutrients per serving: 87 calories, 1g protein, 16g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 577mg sodium, 155mg potassium

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