healthy recipe: fig, ricotta and hazelnut hors d’oeuvres

There are evenings, when I come home from work, I don’t necessarily want to have dinner or even bother with making one, so I open a bottle of red wine and put together something quick to pair it up with and voila it’s dinner. (I don’t recommend this if you have small children in the house 🙂 )

Anyway, here is an easy recipe I found here and I must say it is heavenly and a wonderful pairing with a bottle of red wine on those evenings when you need to have an out of the norm experience.

Grilled Fig, Hazelnut and Ricotta Crostinis
Ingredients:
1 cup part skim ricotta
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon hazelnuts, lightly toasted
1/2 cup honey, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
10-12 fresh figs (mission or kadota or whatever is local), cut in half lengthwise
1/2 French or sourdough baguette, sliced into ½ inch slices and lightly toasted
1. Place ricotta, hazelnuts, 1/4 cup honey, and ground cinnamon in a food
processor and process until smooth. Set aside.

2. Preheat a grill or grill pan over high heat. Brush figs with oil and place cut
side down onto the hot surface and grill on each side for 1 to 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and allow to cool, about 5-7 minutes.

3. To assemble: Spread 1-2 tablespoons ricotta mixture onto each crostini and
top with a grilled fig; finish with a drizzle of honey and serve.

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