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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2010

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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.

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


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

Nutrition Facts

56 calories; 0.5 g total fat; 0.1 g saturated fat; 15 mg sodium. 122 mg potassium; 13.8 g carbohydrates; 1.7 g fiber; 11 g sugar; 0.6 g protein; 2 IU vitamin a iu; 2 mcg folate; 30 mg calcium; 12 mg magnesium; 3 g added sugar;