Halva & Ricotta Stuffed Figs

Written by chanie on September 4th, 2014

Recently, I was lucky enough to attend a fabulous kosher foodie potluck, arranged by the talented Kim Kushner, author of The Modern Menu. It was such an honor to meet Kim and taste her delicious food! She blogged about our amazing evening under the stars here.

Kim set up the most beautiful tablescape on a rooftop in Midtown Manhattan (which also happens to be her husband’s office). With the help of Marzan Flowers, and other generous sponsors, the table was set with a rustic vibe and the most amazing swag! We were surrounded by the New York City skyline, the most incredible kosher food, and the who’s who of the kosher blogging world.

Since it was a potluck, each guest was required to bring a kosher dish (or two), all of which were laid out on a round buffet table. I made my malawach cheese pastries with tomato & schug dipping sauce, plus some incredible goat cheese popovers! Some of the other dishes included nachos by The Patchke Princess, creamy hummus, salmon, roasted veggie salad and pavlova by Kim Kushner Cuisine, fava beans by BeautyandsomeBeef, panzanella salad with cashew bread and s’mores caramels by KitchenTested.

We also had some famous kosher Instagrammers like @cookinginheels, @chefchaya and @theghettogourmet who brought drunken fish tacos with pickled onions, cronuts with nutella pastry cream and Asian quinoa lettuce wraps, respectively.

What has all that got to do with these AMAZING, droolworthy stuffed figs?! Well, BeautyandsomeBeef made the simple ricotta stuffed figs that inspired these halva-drenched ones! Check out these pics for a peek!

I’d heard of ricotta stuffed figs with honey before but I’d never tasted them until the potluck. I couldn’t believe how such a simple dish could taste so fantastic! Of course I couldn’t stop thinking about how I could make them even better…and then THESE happened.

And by these I mean the insanely decadent jewels of perfection you see here. Fresh seasonal figs stuffed with ricotta, dipped in silan and sesame, dripping with sweetened tahini sauce and finished with halva crumbs. Shall I get you a napkin?!

If you’ve never heard of silan before – hop on the silan train because it’ll take you to syrup heaven! Silan is a honey syrup made from dates. It’s got an intoxicatingly rich flavor that is so much better than whatever else you’ve been using! When mixed into tahini paste, it creates the most decadent halva sauce that you’ll want to eat by the spoonful! It’s interesting to note that when the Torah speaks of honey it is actually referring to date honey. Israel, the land of halva and “Milk & (Date) Honey” is what inspired this Middle-Eastern twist on a classic recipe!

Do yourself a favor and grab some fresh figs, before the season is over! 

 

Related Recipes:

breakfast quinoa with silan roasted figs
grilled cheese with figs and honey
holiday fig salad

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  1. molly yeh says:

    you had me at halva!! and then ricotta… and figs :) i would totally eat many of these right now!

  2. The pot luck sounded so fun! Wish I could have teleported there. I love the versatility of tahini. These are so up my alley!!

  3. Ellie says:

    I can’t make up my mind about this…on the one hand, it looks delicious, but on the other, I never do fig recipes for a reason: it takes more will power than I possess to restrain myself from eating them immediately. On their own they are so utterly delicious and I’m scared of masking the flavour. Plus, when I treat myself to them, they often don’t even last long enough to get home from the shops!

    • chanie says:

      I totally get that! It’s so hard not to eat them straight out of the carton. These are great to serve when you have company though. They have such a great WOW factor!

  4. Wow, these look fantastic. I was just eyeing some figs at the farmers market a few days ago, but didn’t get them because I’m never sure what to do with them. (We do love them raw, but it seems a bit wasteful!) I’ll look out for some next time!

  5. What a great evening, we are so sorry we missed it! We absolutely love the combo of silan and tahini it is just fantastic. We would go for this dessert over a piece of cake any day!!

  6. I cannot even express how delicious these sound. I love the time lapse of the sauce drizzling over the fig, it makes me want to reach right into my computer screen!

  7. i love every single component in this recipe. I can’t wait to try it. Now to still be able to find a good basket of figs…

  8. These look amazing! I love figs and a always looking for new ways to eat them, love the halva combination!

  9. Such a classy idea, and a bit different as well with the silan and tahini.

  10. Holy cow, these look simply amazing! I keep discovering gems in your archives, and each one is an inspiration.

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