Figs with Goat Cheese & Caramelized Pecans

Figss, Goat Cheese & Pecans

How to turn early Autumn’s succulent figs into a scrumptious appetizer in just a few minutes?  First, choose the best looking medium-firm ripe figs, wash them, remove the stems and cut them in half from top to bottom.  Arrange them on a platter and top each one with a dollop of creamy goat cheese.

In a non-stick skillet, warm up as many pecans as necessary, and toast them over low-medium flame.  Add several tablespoons of your favorite raw honey and a heavy dusting of cayenne pepper.  Stir to blend well.  As the honey begins to melt, squeeze some balsamic glaze on the pecans and continue to stir (I used a berries-flavored glaze).  The mixture will quickly become gooey and fragrant; that’s when it’s ready to be poured or spooned over the figs.

Squirt some of the balsamic glaze on the platter and over the figs for decoration, and top with a handful of coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves.  Serve warm as an appetizer, although this could easily double as a dessert.

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