Would you enjoy a delicious fig spread on your morning toast while helping to support farmers in Dalmatia? Interested in trying a new appetizer that straddles the line between sweet and savory? Yes, please. Dalmatia fig spreads are made off the Adriatic coast of Croatia with just a handful of ingredients (mainly figs, sugar and pectin). I tried the original fig spread, but you'll find other interesting varieties including a sour cherry, orange and quince. What I love about the spreads is that they're really dense and fruit-packed; there's not a lot of filler or fluff here. Just good hand-picked, sun-dried figs.
What to do with the spread? The obvious choice is to smear it on toast, biscuits or scones, but another option is to swirl it into a bowl of plain yogurt or fold it into your favorite baking recipe. I've made jam thumbprint cookies with it; I've also folded it into dark chocolate brownies with great success. The great thing about the spread is that it works on the savory and the sweet side. I usually keep a jar around for a quick appetizer if friends stop by. A wedge of soft cheese, crackers, fig spread, and you're done. Check out the company website for some nice savory recipe ideas including a Dalmatia Fish Gnocchi and Thin Tagliatelle with Tomato Sauce.
The long term goal of the company is to help the local population of Dalmatia find financial stability by connecting their cooperative farming network to buyers here. You become a part of that when you purchase a jar! And your mornings become brighter, too.
• Find Dalmatia Fig Spreads at your local market or $6.69, on Straub's
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