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Zinfandel-Poached Figs

Prep time 25 mins
Total time 1 hr, 25 mins
Yield Makes about 1 1/2 cups
The remaining Zinfandel wine from these poached figs is the perfect companion for the succulent Fennel-Crusted Rib Roast and Warm Greens With Cornbread Croutons

Ingredients

  • 1 cup halved dried Mission figlets
  • 1 cup red Zinfandel wine*
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split**
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

How to Make It

  1. Combine figlets, wine, apricots, and remaining 4 ingredients in a small saucepan.

  2. Bring fig mixture to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes or until mixture is slightly thickened.

  3. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into fig mixture; discard vanilla bean. Cool 1 hour.

  4. Serve immediately, or cover and chill until ready to serve.

  5. *1 cup cranberry-grape juice cocktail and 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar may be substituted.

  6. **1/2 tsp. vanilla extract may be substituted. (Stir extract into figs after removing saucepan from heat.)

  7. Note: Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 weeks. If chilled, let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving.