Balsamic Fig Spread


I’ll be honest — it’s amazing that I was able to pull myself away from this spread long enough to write this post. It’s that good. And it couldn’t be easier.

My local Whole Foods Market sells this amazing cranberry walnut sourdough, which I knew would be the perfect match for this spread. Although really, you could slather this stuff on practically anything and it’d be delicious. The combination of sweet figs, tangy aged balsamic and creamy Neufchatel (fancy lingo for low fat cream cheese) is so amazing it makes a plain bagel and cream cheese seem so…pedestrian.

Balsamic Fig Spread

From Haute Box

What you need:

1 8-ounce package of Neufchatel cheese, at room temperature

6 dried figs, halved

1/4 cup of a good, aged balsamic vinegar (I used a 20-year aged balsamic from the fabulous Figone’s in Sonoma County, California)

How you do it:

1. Heat figs and balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook until the figs have plumped up and the balsamic vinegar becomes syrupy, approximately 5-8 minutes. Set aside to cool.

2. In a food processor, blitz the fig/balsamic mixture with the Neufchatel cheese until well combined. Spread on toast, crackers or whatever else strikes your fancy. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container.


23 thoughts on “Balsamic Fig Spread

  1. I could live off bread and cheese and this is bread and cheese elevated to another level. I don’t have a Whole Foods near me, 😦 they have a similar one at the Whole Foods I used to go to. The fist photo is beautiful!

  2. Fabulous idea! and much healthier than many other spreads. I’m going to try this — especially since I’ve been wanting to have some figs lately 🙂

  3. Bread? Pfffft. I’d just end up eating a whole batch of this spread by the spoonful, straight out of the bowl. 🙂 Anything flavoured with balsamic and fig is instant love in my books.
    Congrats on the Top 9!

  4. Oh My! So easy!! I love things like that. My mom actually has a fig tree… bush? She is always trying to give me figs, but I have to admit that I didn’t actually try them until this year. She will adore this spread!!

  5. Ooo new cheese to me 🙂 Sounds delicious too, will have to run down to the cheese shop soon to enquire. Would cream cheese be a desperate substitute?

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