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Recipe for Syka Gemista – Greek Stuffed Figs

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Figs, both dried and fresh, can be found all over Greece. Greeks don’t just eat them plain, either. They make delicious recipes such as Syka Gemista, which is often prepared on islands such as Lesbos and in other places in Greece. This dish is great by itself or served alongside ice cream or custard.

Greek Stuffed Figs Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups ground walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg (freshly ground is preferred)
  • 1 pound dried figs

Directions:

Rinse the dried figs two days in advance and leave them on the countertop for two days to dry out.

When you’re ready to prepare the recipe, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Add the walnuts, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg to a medium bowl and stir until the walnuts are coated in the spices. Slash each of the figs with a knife and fill them with the walnut mixture. Pinch each fig closed with your fingers.

Place the figs slash-side down on a baking sheet. Place the sheet in the center of the oven and bake for thirty minutes, or until the figs are golden brown in color. Remove from the oven and let cool all the way through before serving.

If not eating right away, let the figs cool completely and place in an airtight container. They should could for several months if stored in this container away from heat and light.

 

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This post was written by GreekBoston.com