Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Grilled figs

Back when figs were in season (September??) I made these from a recipe in CL, although it isn't available through their site (I wonder if they're changing their policies?) Anyway, it was nicely simple for something that, for me at least, is out of the ordinary. When they're in season, figs can be affordable for a special treat. Otherwise... well, they can be pretty expensive. Instead of tossing them on the grill, I did mine under the broiler. It was quicker because I didn't have a grill heated up, but these would be a fun and 'fancy' barbecue dessert for those of us in climates where fig season is still barbecue season.

The recipe uses plain yogurt. I prefer low fat or full-fat because the texture of non-fat is so... weird. It's runny and almost grainy when compared to the others. No good. Greek yogurt would be really nice, too. Or crème fraiche, mmmmm... if we ignore what it's made of. You could add a sprinkling of seeds or toasted wheat germ or cereal if you want a crunch on top.

Grilled figs
Serves: 2-4 people (1-2 figs per person) Time: 15 minutes

4 fresh figs
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey (or double it if you want)

- Mix yogurt and honey, place in fridge if you are doing ahead of time, freezer if directly before cooking the figs
- Wash figs and cut in half, then put cut-side up in a baking dish
- Turn on broiler (or if you have the grill going, brush it off and oil it)
- Place figs under broiler for 3-5 minutes, or until they get a bit more plump and it looks like the juices are trying to run away (on the grill, this may be harder to tell, so be careful not to burn them!)
- Place a dollop of the honey yogurt on top of each half and serve while warm

Nutrition info (for two figs with low fat yogurt mixture): Cal - 146 Fat - 0.8g Protein - 2.9g Carbs - 35g

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