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Figs with Macadamia Cheese

Can we talk about holiday party food for a minute?  Are cocktail weiners, cheese balls, and taco dip getting a little old?  Okay, these will probably never go out of style or stop tempting us, but let me encourage you to take your holiday noshing up a notch! Branch out, impress and wow with a plant based options that will leave everyone stunned that no animals were needed to make this creamy and delicious cheese, generously heaped on warm fresh figs.  Did I mention that it’s also as easy to make as one of those cheese balls…..(just kidding, it’s easier!).

Photo Credit: Medical Medium

Ingredients:

2 lbs fresh figs

1/2 cup macademia nuts

1 lemon, juiced

½ clove of garlic

1/2 tsp. olive oil

1 tsp. raw honey

1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut figs in half and marinate with a splash of red wine vinegar, bake for 15 minutes.

Combine all ingredients except figs in blender until smooth, spoon mixture on top of cooked halved figs. Place back in oven and brown for additional 2-3 minutes.

Garnish with additional chopped rosemary and serve warm or room temperature.

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