This is an easy gourmet appetizer. I've brought this to several parties and it is always a hit! I often add some chopped green olives to the olive mixture and a little more balsamic. Goat cheese may also be used in place of the cream cheese. Serve with slices of French bread or crackers.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Note:

To toast walnuts, heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned and fragrant.

Nutrition Facts

327 calories; protein 5.2g 10% DV; carbohydrates 26.4g 9% DV; fat 24g 37% DV; cholesterol 41.1mg 14% DV; sodium 361.1mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2007
Should have read more reviews: dried thyme doesn't work...it remains hard. That said, I'll add fresh thyme next time, and maybe add it to the simmering figs. Also, I used fresh figs (awesome!) and added a splash of white wine when cooking the figs. Served with goat cheese. Aside from picking out the thyme sticks, this dip was phenomenal! Update: I've made this three times in the past month its that good (and also because fresh figs are in season!). If you're using fresh, I cut up a pint into small pieces, and that amount works perfectly. I haven't encountered anyone who doesn't LOVE this dip either. I use fresh herbs (rosemary and thyme), but either way you need to add it to the simmering figs or else it stays twiggy. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/18/2011
I was expecting something much more flavourful. Read More
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258 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 40
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2007
Should have read more reviews: dried thyme doesn't work...it remains hard. That said, I'll add fresh thyme next time, and maybe add it to the simmering figs. Also, I used fresh figs (awesome!) and added a splash of white wine when cooking the figs. Served with goat cheese. Aside from picking out the thyme sticks, this dip was phenomenal! Update: I've made this three times in the past month its that good (and also because fresh figs are in season!). If you're using fresh, I cut up a pint into small pieces, and that amount works perfectly. I haven't encountered anyone who doesn't LOVE this dip either. I use fresh herbs (rosemary and thyme), but either way you need to add it to the simmering figs or else it stays twiggy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2003
This recipe really caught my eye as I was looking for a different dip to serve at our party. It had only been given one review with 5 stars and it hit the "nail on the head". It is definitely one which will stay and be used in my recipe collection. Already 3 people have asked me for the recipe which I now will pass on - reluctantly! 2 points to make: take note that it should be left if possible OVERNIGHT to allow flavours to mature so give yourself that time. Also not reading the recipe correctly I went ahead and pureed all the ingredients. Although it was a fantastic spread next time I will remember to finely chop ingredients so it has a "chutney" consistency instead. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2003
I love this recipe! I have to make some appetizers for an upcoming party and chose a few safe ones and decided on this one for a change of pace. I did a test run of all the recipes and at first I truly wasn't sure about this one but after I let it sit overnight -- fabulous! It's one of those tastes that at first you might seem skeptical but once it hits your tastebuds you actually crave it. Definitely will keep this as a permanent part of my recipe collection. Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/21/2007
This was tasty I made it 2 days before eating it to let the flavors mingle and that they did. The only thing I would change was the rosemary. I used dried and it never did soften up. A bit twiggy. Next time I wont be so lazy and go outside to pick my own and chop it up finely. I will also try it with goats cheese for some extra zip. Great though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2007
This recipes received rave reviews at a recent party. I did increase the garlic and balsalmic but that's just my preference. Didn't have rosemary....sub. with oregano and recipe was still great. My advice is to use the best quality ingredients you can get. Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2005
We really liked this version of a tapenade. I took this to a barbeque yesterday and it was a real crowd-pleaser! Several people commented on the chutney-like taste. I had coarsley broken the toasted walnuts and mixed them in. I used black olives, since I had an already opened can that I needed to finish using. This makes a great grilled Panini sandwich. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2006
This went over really well and I had several people ask for the recipe. I used regular cream cheese and I'm glad I didn't spring for goat cheese. My notes: I cut the garlic in half and instead of 2 T of balsamic I did 1 T balsamic and 1 T cognac (I was afraid the balsamic would be too strong). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2004
I made this for a group of my husband's friends as an appetizer and they really liked it! I used store bought (deli section) olive tapenade already made and simply add the additional ingredients. Definitely a 'keeper'! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2007
I made this for a neighborhood BBQ and it was a hit. I've made olive tampenade before but the fig really added something to the dish. I was a little nervous about using cream cheese over goat cheese but went w/ the cream cheese to save costs and it was delicious! I also put everything in the food processor which I thought was easier than chopping everything individually. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/18/2011
I was expecting something much more flavourful. Read More
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