Red Wine-Poached Fig and Ricotta Tarts

Photo: Karry Hosford

The wine mixture used as a poaching liquid for the figs is reduced to create a rich sauce that is drizzled over the finished tarts. Briefly poaching the figs infuses flavor and makes them even more tender, but you can skip this step and just make a sauce to drizzle over raw figs. You can also make this in a 9-inch round removable-bottom tart pan and increase the baking time to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Yield: 8 servings
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 286
  • Calories from fat: 28%
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 4.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 46.6g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Cholesterol: 12mg
  • Iron: 0.5mg
  • Sodium: 131mg
  • Calcium: 92mg

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Zinfandel or other fruity dry red wine
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 12 fresh figs, halved (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough (such as Pillsbury)
  • 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Fresh mint sprigs (optional)

Preparation

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Add figs. Reduce heat; simmer 2 minutes. Remove figs with a slotted spoon, and place in a shallow dish. Cover and chill. Bring the cooking liquid to a boil, and cook for 15 minutes or until reduced to 1/2 cup. Cover and chill.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°.
  3. Roll dough into a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured surface; cut dough into 8 (4-inch) circles, rerolling dough scraps as necessary. Fit each dough circle into a 3 1/2-inch tart pan. Bake at 450° for 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. Combine ricotta and honey. Spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons ricotta mixture into each tart shell. Arrange 3 fig halves, cut sides up, inside each shell. Drizzle each tart with 1 tablespoon of the wine mixture. Garnish with mint, if desired.
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