Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mostly Plants for the Sweet Tooth: Figs with Honey Balsamic Reduction, Toasted Nuts

Balsamic vinegar
Pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, or any other nuts

Toast the nuts in a pan over medium heat, shaking from time to time, until lightly browned. Decant onto a plate and let cool for a few minutes.

Heat 2-3 tbsp balsamic vinegar over medium heat until it begins to simmer, then turn down heat to low and continue to simmer until the volume is halved. Remove from heat and add a few drops of honey. Stir.

Cut figs lengthwise and arrange on plate. Drizzle with balsamic reduction. (Or, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and grate parmesan cheese over the top. I like it the other way slightly better.)

Serve with the warm toasted nuts.

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