Sometimes the simplest dishes are the best. Caramelize honey-coated figs on the grill to intensify the sweetness and top with crème fraîche.
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 4 fig halves and 1 tablespoon sauce)
• 2 teaspoons honey
• 8 large fresh figs, cut in half lengthwise
• Cooking spray
• 1/4 cup crème fraîche
• 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1. Preheat grill to high heat.
2. Brush honey on cut sides of figs. Lightly spray cut sides of figs with cooking spray.
3. Place figs, cut sides down, on grill rack, and grill for 3 minutes or until grill marks appear. Remove from grill. Combine crème fraîche and 1/2 teaspoon sugar; spoon over figs.
Crème fraiche is a sweet and slightly sour, nutty substance about the thickness of sour cream. It was traditionally made from unpasteurized cream left at room temperature. You can buy pasteurized versions in many grocery stores: it is sold in the dairy or cheese sections in little plastic tubs.