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Fig & Olive Tapenade


1 cup chopped dried figs

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon Vines & Branches Ultra Frantino Olive Oil

2 tablespoons Vines & Branches Black Mission Fig Balsamic Vinegar

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2/3 cup chopped kalamata olives

2 cloves garlic, minced

salt and pepper to taste

1/3 cup chopped toasted walnuts

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese


Combine figs and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and cook until tender, and liquid has reduced. Remove from heat, and stir in the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, thyme, and cayenne. Add olives and garlic, and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover, and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight to allow flavors to blend.

Unwrap cream cheese block, and place on a serving platter. Spoon tapenade over cheese, and sprinkle with walnuts. Serve with slices of French bread or crackers.