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Figs with Chocolate and Almonds

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"This recipe is an adaptation of one of our favorite seafood dishes served in the wonderful restaurants of 'Little Italy' in New York City. Since this dish is generally very spicy, you may wish to add a little more red pepper flakes to your sauce to make it more authentic".


3/4 cup finely chopped, unpeeled almonds
1/2 cup finely chopped semisweet chocolate
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tbsp dark rum
12 fresh figs

  • Place the almonds, chocolate, and sugar in a bowl. Stir to combine. Add the rum and stir until the mixture holds together. Add a few more drops of rum if needed to form a rough-textured paste.
  • Trim the stems off the figs. Starting at the stem end, cut the figs 3/4 of the way down, making 2 cuts in the form of a cross. Pinch the bottom of the fig to open it like a flower.
  • Gently stuff the almond mixture into the center of each fig. Press the fig together to reshape it. Arrange the figs on a platter and serve.

Makes 12 stuffed figs

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