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YIELDS:

10 servings

PREP TIME:

0 hours 10 mins

COOK TIME:

0 hours 0 mins

TOTAL TIME:

0 hours 10 mins

ingredients

10 Fresh Figs

6 Oz. Dark Chocolate, good quality

Flakey Salt (such as Maldon)

3-4 Tbsp. Finely chopped pistachios

DIRECTIONS

1. Cover a backing sheet with parchment paper or tin foil. Cut your clean figs in half, lengthwise.

2. Melt your chocolate in a small bowl in 15-second increments in the microwave until the chocolate is melted. Stir in between each round. Let cool until room temperature (5 minutes)

3. Have your crushed pistachios and salt ready to sprinkle on the dipped fruit.

4. Dip your fig halves about 1/3 way up the fig and let the excess fall off. Place on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with either the salt or nuts.

5. Once done, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to firm up. About 10-15 minutes. Enjoy right away.

NOTE: I find that figs are fragile and need to be eaten pretty quickly after getting them home from the market. This recipe is so simple, easy and fast, that you can do it without a lot of fuss an hour before serving and be just fine. They’ll hold overnight but then they have to be eaten right away.

I love to make these and serve them on a cheese board or charcuterie platter. I’ll also serve them as a snack with a fabulous glass of Merlot or Cabernet. They are the healthiest dessert out there…fresh fruit, dark chocolate and nuts. It doesn’t get any better than this. They make a great hostess gift too (just make them the same day you are visiting) and pair it with a great bottle of wine.

Take note that any chopped nuts will work and if you aren’t a fan of salt, just make them all nuts or leave some bare. I’ve also added sprinkles when I’m entertaining kids (OK, adults too!!!). When it comes to chocolate, use your favorite. I like Ghirardelli’s dark chocolate and of course, I’m a fan of Valrhona. If you haven’t had it, it is worth the expense (It is pricey but worth the indulgence.) If I’m not dipping figs, I’m dipping strawberries or just putting the little disks of the Valrhona chocolate right on my dessert or cheese board. If your gourmet food market doesn’t carry it, you can buy it here: Valrhona. There are lots of great chocolates out there, so pick your favorite and enjoy. Also note that I prefer 70% dark chocolate but you can use semi-sweet, bittersweet, etc.

Enjoy!

 

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