Cook the figs in this compote down until they can be spread with a knife or spoon. The compote is equally delicious as a condiment on a cheese plate, as an accompaniment for roast pork or as a spread on toast. If you're giving this as a gift, include a card with serving suggestions.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2010

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Recipe Summary

total:
2 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
48
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add figs, water, honey (or brown sugar) and aniseed (or star anise). Bring to a simmer and cook, adjusting the heat as necessary to maintain a simmer, until the figs are starting to fall apart, 2 to 2 1/4 hours.

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  • Let cool. Remove star anise, if using, and spoon the compote into airtight containers; refrigerate.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate in airtight containers for up to 3 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

56 calories; protein 0.6g 1% DV; carbohydrates 13.8g 5% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 1.7g 7% DV; sugars 10.9g; fat 0.5g 1% DV; saturated fat 0.1g; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 2.3IU; vitamin c 0.5mg 1% DV; folate 2.2mcg 1% DV; calcium 29.8mg 3% DV; iron 0.4mg 2% DV; magnesium 12.2mg 4% DV; potassium 121.7mg 3% DV; sodium 14.9mg 1% DV; thiaminmg 2% DV; added sugar 3g.