As you can probably tell, my family has a lot of old traditions.  Another favorite are these roasted figs stuffed with walnuts and covered in Sambuca.  Sounds amazing, right?  Well.. they are!

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My grandfather used to make these every Christmas time.  It’s a very old recipe that comes from his hometown, Bari.  Bari is a nautical city in Puglia, which is nested in the south of Italy and often known as the “heel” of the boot.  After my grandfather passed, my grandmother was on a mission to keep this tradition alive.  We look forward to eating them every year!

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 pack dried figs (try to look for the freshest ones you can find)
  • Sambuca
  • Walnuts

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the figs in half and stuff them with about 2 walnuts each to make little sandwiches.  Squeeze them tight and lay them flat on a roasting pan.  Roast them in the oven on 350 degrees for about 5 minutes until golden brown.  Take out of the oven and let cool.

In a plastic bag, place the fig sandwiches at the bottom and cover them with a bit Sambuca and let marinate for about 1 to 2 days.  They will become almost “glazed” with the Sambuca and soften up.  Take them out of the plastic bag and serve on a tray.

DSC_0107 - Copy DSC_0107That’s it!  I hope you enjoy this old school Italian treat as much as we do!

-Cristina