Honey, Balsamic Vinegar and Walnut Glazed Figs
Approx cost: €2
Approx calories (per serving): ~220
Approx preparation and cooking time: 10 mins
So here’s a strange one – I have a vague recollection of seeing a Swedish TV chef make something involving figs and honey in a frying pan on a couple of years ago and thought I’d give it a shot last night, having just bought some fresh figs. Having now eaten it, I have to say that I’m not really sure whether I’d classify it as a starter or a dessert! Served on it’s own with some chopped herbs, maybe some crumbled feta cheese I think it would make a most excellent starter. Equally, the tangy sweetness would serve as an excellent light dessert, maybe with a dollop of natural yoghurt or cream cheese. As a result I’m posting this recipe in both categories because I’m not really sure, but it is pretty good. It’s also visibly quite impressive – the photos I got weren’t the best, nor was the natural light, but if you were out to try and impress someone then making this would probably be a hit!
- 6 fresh Figs
- 1 tbsp Honey
- 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
- 20g Walnuts
- 2 tsps Olive Oil
- Juice from half a Lemon
- Start off by combining the honey, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice and stirring well until you get a dark syrup-like mixture. Wash and remove the stalks from the figs and then cut each one in half lengthways.
- Heat the Olive Oil in a large frying pan and meanwhile, crush the walnuts in a Mortar and Pestle (or chop them finely). Add the halved figs into the hot oil and toss in the oil for around a minute.
- Add in the Vinegar/Honey and Lemon Juice mix to the pan and toss the figs in the reducing liquid. Add in the chopped walnuts and mix well. Continue to fry, stirring until the liquid had reduced almost completely.
- Serve out the figs and pour any remaining syrup over the top. Serve as is, or with some crumbled feta and rocket, or even some cream cheese and enjoy!