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Figs Grilled with Goat Cheese and Mint

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Figs Grilled with Goat Cheese and Mint

 

Pancetta is cured Italian bacon; unlike American bacon, it isn’t smoked. You’ll find it at specialty stores, Italian markets, and some supermarkets. Don’t use American bacon: It takes too long to crisp on the grill.

Serves 4.

 

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1/2 cup (3-1/2 to 4 oz.) soft fresh goat cheese

2 Tbs. fresh breadcrumbs

About 6 mint leaves, stacked, rolled into a cylinder, and cut into thin strips

1 Tbs. finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

12 fresh Mission figs

12 very thin slices pancetta (1/16 inch or less)

1 Tbs. honey

1/2 tsp. very finely chopped fresh thyme (optional)

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In a small bowl, combine the goat cheese, breadcrumbs, mint, and parsley; season with salt and pepper.

Cut the figs nearly in half lengthwise, keeping them attached at the broad end.

Hollow the center slightly with your thumb.

Stuff each fig with about 1 tsp. of the goat cheese mixture and squeeze very gently to close.

 

Figs Grilled with Goat Cheese and Mint

 

Hollow a split fig with your thumb and then add a teaspoonful of filling.

Wrap a slice of pancetta around each fig, overlapping with each revolution.

Don’t wrap the pancetta too tightly or you’ll force the filling out or cause the figs to split.

Cover the figs with plastic wrap and refrigerate (up to 1 day ahead) until ready to grill.

 

Figs Grilled with Goat Cheese and Mint

 

Wrap up the figs, but not too tightly.

Be sure the pancetta is very thinly sliced so it stays on the fig and cooks before the fruit and filling become too mushy.

Grill the figs over a moderately hot fire to crisp the pancetta and to warm the figs and cheese, 8 to 10 minutes.

Transfer the figs to a serving dish.

Combine the honey and thyme, if using, and drizzle over the figs.

Serve with good, crusty bread.

 

 

Nutrition information (per serving): Calories (kcal): 260, Fat (kcal): 9, Fat Calories (g): 80, Saturated Fat (g): 5, Protein (g): 13, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3, Carbohydrates (mg): 35, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 1, Sodium (g): 700, Cholesterol (g): 30, Fiber (g): 5.

 


 

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