Grilled Figs

For some reason when I see recipes that include grilled fruits I always feel like I want to try them, but never actually get around to doing so. I don't know why. But, this summer will be different! I got a hibachi for Christmas, and I am going to use it. Fruits are actually really convenient for grilling when you think about since they are much more travel friendly than say steak or chicken.

So...here is the 2nd summer recipe, and the first involving grilled fruits.

Grilled Figs with Ricotta
2 Tbl honey
1 cinnamon stick
1/3 cup of water
3 Tbl slivered almonds
4 large (or 8 small) fresh figs
1/2 cup ricotta
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 Tbl powdered sugar
pinch of ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp orange zest

1. Place the honey, cinnamon stick, and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 6 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick, and stir in almonds.

2. Preheat broiler to medium high heat. grease a shallow baking pan that will accommodate all the figs. Slice figs into quarters, but leave attached at the base by about 1/2 inch (so they fall open like a flower). Arrange in the baking dish.

3. Combine ricotta, vanilla, powdered sugar, ground cinnamon, and orange zest in a small bowl. Divide filling among the figs, spooning into the center of each "fig flower". Spoon the honey syrup over the top. Place figs under the broiler until the juices start to come out and the almonds are slightly toasted.

4. Cool for 3 minutes. Spoon any remaining juices from the baking dish over the figs when serving.

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