Poached Figs in Red Wine

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A taste of autumn comes together in this easy appetizer that pairs well with a dry red wine. Poached figs in red wine and savory sweet potato are easy toppings for crostini bread. Soaking the California Figs in wine not only plumps them up but infuses them with flavor. I used Mission Figs here, but Golden Figs would work as well. The savory spread made with California Sweet Potatoes pairs with the richness of the figs for an unforgettable party starter.

Poached Figs in Red Wine

Happy hour isn't just about the drinks especially when the appetizer includes poached figs in red wine– our favorite toppings for crostini bread.
Servings 30 pieces


Sweet Potato Crostini

  • 1 baguette sliced into 30 1/4" rounds
  • 1 lb California sweet potatoes chopped into 1/2" pieces
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary leaves minced
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp salt kosher
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Red Wine California Figs


  • Toast the baguette slices for 12 minutes at 350°F or until stiff to the touch. Cool the bread. Meanwhile boil or steam the sweet potatoes until fork tender, about 5 minutes. Heat the honey, olive oil, and rosemary in the microwave for 25 seconds. Mash the sweet potatoes. Stir in the orange zest and hot honey mixture. Then stir in the salt and pepper. Cool the mashed sweet potatoes. Heat the wine, orange juice, and brown sugar over high heat until just boiling. Stir in the sliced figs. Turn off the heat. Cover the saucepan, soaking the figs for 5 minutes. Drain the figs. Prep the crostini with a smear of sweet potato and then tile one or two wine-soaked figs on top.


Recipe and photo by Annelies Zijderveld

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